Beautiful wirework baskets on show at Durban’s Phansi Museum

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Hlengi Dube will be showing her telephone wirework in the exhibition, ‘Hear Me Out’, at the Phansi Museum.

MASTER crafter, Hlengiwe Dube, will be showing her work in the solo exhibition, ‘Hear Me Out’, at the Phansi Museum at 500 Esther Roberts Road, Glenwood, Durban, from August 12 to August 30. Continue reading


Phansi Museum to reward creative youngsters in Human Rights competition

image002 (3)Dr Albertina Luthuli will be presenting prizes at the Phansi Museum’s Human Rights competition on Saturday, July 29 at 10 am. Over 90 schools from urban and rural areas in KwaZulu-Natal, some from as far afield as Bergville and the Drakensberg, took part in the event.  Continue reading

Wire and Wood Exhibition at Durban’s Phansi Museum

Zamu Gumede Players

Players by Zanu Gumede.

South Africa has a thriving cultural heritage of wire and wood art. The exhibition Wire and Wood, which opens on Saturday, August 13, highlights a selection of work drawn from the permanent collection of the Phansi Museum and items loaned from friends of the museum.

Artists include: Philemon Sangweni, Julius Mfete, Raphael Magwaza, Carl Roberts, Noria Mabasa, Johannes Maswangani, Sibusiso Maphumulo, Zamukwake, Gumede and wire work from Thapiwa Musani, Thulani Mchunu, Ntombifuthi Magwaza and Elliot Mkhize. There are also items from a special collection or wirework on loan from Zenzulu. Continue reading

Check out some New Kids on the Block at the Phansi Museum


Himba woman with traditional hair dress.

THE Phansi Museum will be mounting its second exhibition of the year in the Phansi goes Phezulu Gallery, 500 Esther Roberts Road, Glenwood, tilted The New Kids on the Block.

This exhibition will introduce the public to the latest treasures acquired for the Phansi Museum Collection; and comprises life sized puppets of the Herero, Himba and Hakawana people from northern Namibia adorned in ceremonial dress, beadwork and regalia.

In contrast to the magnificent attire of the Herero people, the museum will have on display a marvelous wedding dress, dating back to the 19th Century  worn by a Victorian, English bride who stamped her identity on the attire of the people of Namibia.  Continue reading

The Phansi Museum explores colonial and apartheid periods through fashion

Kithcen suit

Kitchen suit.


“MUCH is considered fabulous in South Africa, even if the origins are deeply rooted in some evil human engineering and racism suffered by many.  But, just think of music, fashion, and all art in general, how the very craft of it inspired great exploration,” says Paul Mikula, architect and initiator of the Phansi Museum. Continue reading