Supporting Phansi’s Africademy

A few weeks back SAFM had a really interesting discussion with Paul Mikula, architect and managing trustee of the Phansi Museum in Glenwood. Mikula’s passion for the ubuntuART Museum that’s housed in Roberts House, the building that accommodates Phansi, is infectious. Mikula spoke about everything from the changing of their address from Frere Road to Esther Roberts, and … Read more

Indigenous Games Saturdays

The Phansi Museum in Glenwood has come up with the most fabulous day out for children – and adults! –  in the form of Indigenous Games Saturdays! The museum began hosting the events in December last year. Closed for the holidays it will be relaunching the programme at the end of next month when the … Read more

Zulu ‘Cutlery’ and ‘Crockery’

The Phansi Museum in Glenwood is having a sale of some of their woven and beaded artefacts from Msinga, and it got us thinking about how different (and wonderful!) African ‘cutlery’ and ‘crockery’ is. Historically, these items would have been made from either straw, clay or wood and would have been referred to as ezotshom, ezobumba and ezokhum respectively. Thing … Read more

The Art of Healing

Phansi Museum’s first major exhibition of 2018, The Art of Healing, was opened last Friday by Raymond Perrier, the Director of the Denis Hurley Centre. The exhibition consists of beaded artworks, clothes, fertility dolls, and other paraphernalia used (and in many cases, actually made) by izangoma. The pieces on display have been borrowed from collectors, … Read more

Hear Me Out

If you feel like treating yourself to a visual feast then head on down to the Phansi Museum this week! Master craftswoman, Hlengiwe Dube’s solo exhibition, ‘Hear Me Out’, opened at Phansi this past weekend, and will remain up until the end of the month. Dube, who learned the art of beading and wirework from … Read more

Digitisation of the Phansi Collection

We’d love to learn more about the Phansi Museum’s latest project (and hopefully we will – watch this space!). It’s very much in line with what the Ulwazi Programme is all about –  compiling a digital record of our history, knowledge and stories. The museum has recently received funding from the National Lotteries Commission allowing them to … Read more