CADRE Critical Art and Design Revolutionary Education 

CADRE (2018/403531/08) is a registered educational organisation, that seeks to facilitate critical consciousness through art based praxis. In essence, we focus on what we have dubbed as: "the facilitation of individual embedded Critical Consciousness skill sets, toward community and societal activation and change" (Nazier, 2020).

The NPO was initiated and is led by Farieda Nazier, who holds a Masters Degree in Art, Design and Architecture Education (Glasgow School of Art, Scotland) and two separate Higher Certificates in leadership (University of Johannesburg, South Africa). She is a practicing critical and transformative pedagogue and uses artist-based methods within her educational and consulting approaches. 

“The lowest degree [of certainty],…belongs to one whose knowledge of fire comes merely from hearing it described…The second degree,…belongs to one whose knowledge of fire comes from seeing the light of its flames…The highest degree, belongs to one whose knowledge of fire comes from being burnt in it.” Martin Lings

“The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.” Steve Bantu Biko


“There's no such thing as neutral education. Education either functions as an instrument to bring about conformity or freedom.” Paolo Freire


For Paolo Freire and Steve Bantu Biko, education can be our confinement or our liberation. Our colonial history is evidence of the deployment of education toward political ends. The CADRE vision is premised on the notion of life long learning; and that the continued search for knowledge and consciousness is what will spark and fuel revolution. 


We believe that Critical Consciousness is not a destination, but a temporal process and as Fidel Castro infers: “A revolution [within the self or society at large] is a struggle between the future and the past." As we uncover new insights and understandings, these too require interrogation to sustain its continued pertinence in the present.


To this end, CADRE facilitates the learning of consciousness-raising skills which puts each individual at the helm of their individual and relational praxis (theory and practice).

“We do not escape into philosophy, psychology, and art--we go there to restore our shattered selves into whole ones.” Anais Nin

Alongside this, and as an integrated vehicle of learning, the CADRE organisation, offers training through and in various art-crafting-making-production proficiencies. These allow for embedded learning, that may evoke deeper modes of knowing. It is of course also a means to facilitate skills development in communities, potentially enabling and maintaining economic sustainability. The project draws on models of situated learning, dialogue and responsiveness, in order to allow for essential conversations, voice and agency among all participants. 


Our specialization includes Leadership Development and Transformative Practices offered through various modalities which include dialogic interactions via:

  • Art production, sculpture, installation art, assemblage, collage and performative arts,

  • Active colaborations with specialists in the field of Architecture, Theatre and Interior Design, Construction and Sustainable product design,  Jewellery Design, Goldsmithing and Metalsmithing, Fashion Design and Dressmaking, Cooking, Baking and Food preparation. 

" I was part of the exhibition, Angry Youth Workshop and since then i fell in love with photography and art as a whole. I would love it if you could also go back to New Nation School and enhance those who love art. I really thank YOU for that workshop. "

Vuyo Tangweni                                 
Alumnus: New Nations School, Vrededorp

Alumnus: Angry Youth Workshop, 2014


'The voice of South Africa', 2017. Collage. Produced by a participant of the Emerging Arts Activist Program. *First exhibited at the Apartheid Museum. 

WORKSHOPS and Initiatives

Emerging Arts Activists

A five day long arts-based critical thinking skills program established in 2013 in collaboration with the Apartheid Museum and

UJ Transformation Unit. The program ran in 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Angry Youth Workshop

A two day workshop exploring the history of Fietas through documentary photography in collaboration with New Nations School, Mocke Jansen van Veuren, Cedric Nunn, Mudney Halim (UJ CERT) and the Ithuba Art Gallery. The program ran in 2014.

+ WCRP or Women's Consciousness Raising Program:

A five month program hosted by the Farieda Nazier and the University of Johannesburg, Community Engagement office. The focus was on shared experiences of violence, feminist praxis and acquiring critical conscioussness skills through deep questioning.  The program occurred during 2018, and four more shortened iterations during 2019. 

+ Lafem Afrique  is a feminist praxis activist group established in 2020 with co-founder Denise Fouche. We host art-based creative dialogues and act as consultants toward institutional change. 

A collection of images taken at the first Emerging Arts Activist workshop held at the Apartheid Museum in Youth Month of 2013, Johannesburg. *Acknowledgements: Apartheid Museum and UJ Transformation Unit. 

FACILITATION by invitation

+ 2020_ Exploring Responsive Practice through Performance, Installation and Video-Art​: Making & Making Sense workshop hosted at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg 


+ 2019_ The Politics of Architecture workshop hosted by the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg 

+ 2019_ AAMP Teaching Portfolio workshop hosted by Centre for Academic Technologies, University of Johannesburg 

+ 2019_ The Oasis: Centering Art Platforms on the Margins dialogue hosted by RMB Turbine Art Fair 

+ 2018_ Material Matters (Apartheid Museum DeBriefing and Finding light in the Shadows) at the Apartheid Museum and Stellenbosch University respectively in Collaboration with Prof. Kim Berman  (University of Johannesburg)



" Over and above this, Farieda ​has also been a strong advocate by promoting the Transformation of the University and has supported the work of our unit and other programmers. We have consulted with her on various occasions to provide input and to give advice on complex social issues and challenges we have to deal with on a daily basis. "

Lorraine Viljoen (Director) 

University of Johannesburg Transformation Unit



+ University of Johannesburg ​: Transformation Unit  - Diversity Week - 2013 to 2017 

+ University of Johannesburg : Professional Development Center - Lecturer Induction Programme - 2016 to present

+ Kliptown Museum : Prince Massingham and Clifford Charles exhibition - 2014 

+ Apartheid Museum: Museum Education initiatives - 2013 to 2017 

+ University of Johannesburg: Technology Transfer Office - 2018 to 2020 

+ Castle of Good Hope : #Rehashed project  - 2020 to present  

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