Family Movie Evening showcasing Inside Out

On Saturday 14 October 2017, Fractal, in collaboration with ENGO Family Care Bloemfontein, will host a special movie evening on the front lawns of Oliewenhuis Art Museum, where the classic family animation Inside Out will be showed.

This movie is a classical favorite and specifically chosen to encourage emotional intelligence amongst children and families while also to promote the wellbeing of families. Inside Out is an animated comedy about an 11 year old young girl, Riley, who has a wonderful life, until her family moves to San Francisco and her emotions get out of control. Riley experiences different emotions such as disgust, anger, fear, and sadness, which put joy to the test. Each emotion is a character in Riley’s brain, helping her cope and grow in life, while each memory is in the shape of a ball which plays the scenes from the memories. Inside Out is a well-made, delightful movie with a great plot line, excellent animation and a strong moral worldview.

Come and enjoy a ‘bring your own picnic’-style event on Oliewenhuis’ front lawn. 
Entrance is a minimal R30 per person (including children) and tickets will be on sale at the gate on the night of the event, with the gate opening at 17:30. All funds raised are to the benefit of ENGO Family Care Bloemfontein.

Celebrate Heritage Day on Sunday, 24 September 2017 with a visit to Oliewenhuis Art Museum

Specials for the day:
Children can enjoy FREE African Carousel rides
Enjoy 10% off all burgers on the menu at The Terrace Restaurant

Also to be enjoyed:

A variety of South African art from the Oliewenhuis Art Museum Permanent Collection
Take a stroll through the Sculpture Park and Cement and Mosaic Project sculptures 
Take a walk on the hiking trails and enjoy the tranquil gardens 
(Please note that rules apply for enjoying a picnic on the front lawn. 
Please contact Oliewenhuis Art Museum in advance for details.)


FREE ADMISSION to the Main Building (Permanent Collection and all exhibitions) and the gardens.

SECURE PARKING is available in front of the Art Museum.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS is provided to the Main Building. Caretakers will assist with directions to lifts and bathroom.

THE TERRACE at Oliewenhuis, situated in the Art Museum gardens, serves light meals, delicacies and speciality cakes - 051 448 6834.

The Lilizela Tourism Awards rewards the highest level of entrepreneurial and service excellence in South Africa's tourism sector.

Running for a fifth year annually, categories of the awards include service excellence, sustainable development and entrepreneurship, as well as accommodation establishments, tourist guides and visitor attractions in the tourism industry, among others.

On Thursday, 14 September, the provincial awards were held in Bloemfontein in celebration of Free State's tourism offering, addressed by MEC Dr. Benny Malakoane.

The Visitor Experience Award recognises all businesses that enable visitors to explore the diversity of South Africa. The Visitor Experience Awards for Culture and Lifestyle went to Oliewenhuis Art Museum.

Bar set high with over 100 high quality entries

In only its second year, the Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition has attracted just over a 100 high quality artworks as entries  for this year’s much anticipated competition.

The artworks submitted at Oliewenhuis Art Museum in Bloemfontein last week include paintings, drawings, sculptures, and ceramic, cement and mixed media artworks, entered by artists from as far as Virginia, Welkom, Harrismith and Thaba Nchu. Educational institutions such as the University of the Free State, the Central University of Technology, Motheo TVET College and Maluti TVET College are also well represented.

“The interest and enthusiasm of our Free State artists are clear from the substantial number of entries we’ve received,” reflects Ester le Roux, curator of the Oliewenhuis Art Museum. “On top of that the overall quality of artworks entered is very the high - and the diversity of media used, as well as the inventive and technically sound ways in which media are applied throughout, is very exciting. I’m really looking forward to curating the Phatshoane Henney New Breed exhibition of selected artworks, as it will make for a refreshing visual treat, showcasing our remarkable local talent.”

Magdel Louw, competition co-ordinator and marketing manager at Phatshoane Henney Attorneys, agrees that the quality of entries received is hugely encouraging. “Through this art competition, it is our wish to celebrate the excellence and creativity of artists based in the Free State. The quality of works entered this year has already gone a long way towards making this wish a reality. We can’t wait to reveal the top works to public!”

Such high standards will however not make it any easier for the public to choose their favourite artist to win the Public Choice Award. “That’s why it’s all the more important that people should vote in large numbers to ensure their favourite artist wins,” adds Louw.

The exhibition featuring the top artists in line to win their share of the total prize money of R100 000, opens on 5 October 2017 at Oliewenhuis Art Museum, and will also be showcased on the official competition website, www.phinc.co.za/art.

The winners will be announced on 9 November 2017.

#TrailrunSeries3 - Happy Valley & Oliewenhuis Art Museum Trail Night Race

Date: Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Start &Finish: Oliewenhuis Art Museum, 16 Harry Smith Street, Bloemfontein

8km #Trailrun entries R100

5km #Trailrun | #Trailwalk entries R80 (R50 - Kids 17 & younger)

*Includes Double Conservancy Fee

*Includes steel medal for all finishers.

1km #KiddyTrail entries FREE

*1km #KiddyTrail  Starts: 17:35 (sweet medal for finishers)

Pre-entries NOW available at QUEST GYM.

*Pre-Entries Collection: from 16:15

Race Day Late Entries: from 16:15 - 17:20 (no late fees)

*No late entry penalty fees.

Race Briefing: 17:25

Race Starts: 17:30 (8km & 5km)

Refreshment:  at finish (Trailrun Races are self supported. No water points available on route to keep all the conservancies clean. Leave no trace, and don't litter,  please adhere to the "keep it clean" trail policy).

Prize Giving & lucky draw  after the race at around 19:00 for those present.

·      Your race time & position will be made available.

·      No check points to slow you down.

The Terrace Restaurant at Oliewenhuis will be open to runners, family members and the public.

The African Carousel will be operational and free for kids to ride.

Free State artists, the wait is over!

Submit your artworks as entry for the 2017 Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition at Reception at Oliewenhuis Art Museum, 16 Harry Smith Street, Bloemfontein from 10:00 to 16:00 on any day from Monday 4 to Sunday 10 September 2017.

Please make sure it's a complete entry, consisting of the artwork(s), a completed and signed entry form and supporting information.

For any enquiries and/or entry forms, you're welcome to phone 051 011 0525 (ext 200) or visit www.phinc.co.za/art.

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Artists who want to inskryf the second new broad-competition captured by phatshoane henney attorneys, has just been presented to early in September to complete their works of art.

Sam Moleko, a director of phatshoane henney-lawyers, says the competition is cured to offer a platform for the development of new and upcoming artists in the free state.

The Prysgeld Beloop R100 000, the winner R50 000 received, the runner R20 000 and two merietewenners R10 000 each. The Public's choice, which can be voted on the website www.phinc.co.za/art, also receive R10 000.

A new fleet is a wennersuitstalling in 2018 in gallery on leviseur. It gives the participants the event to showcase more jobs from their portefeulje, as only the kompetisiewerk.

Any medium is welcome, outside performance and videokuns. Last year is from houtkerf-to porseleinwerk, painting-to digital art and installs to beeldhoukuns enrolled.

Is being over 60 wenwerke and topgekeurdes in oliewenhuis featured. Of the jobs are also recorded in phatshoane henney's almanak of 2018 and newsletters which to topkliënte over the country is being disseminated.

The competition is open for any artist 18 years or older that at least six months in 2017 in the free state live and not a solo-exhibit with more than 20 jobs.

Each artist is limited to two jobs.

Important Dates: 4-10 September: entries are submitted to oliewenhuis. ) 18-22 September: artists whose jobs for the exhibit in oliewenhuis vetted is notified. ) 5 October: exhibit open. Website with rated jobs. The public get to 6 November chance to vote for their choice. ) 9 November: winners are made known. ) 19 November: exhibit includes.



Oliewenhuis Art Museum's Kiddies Holiday Workshops

  5 July – 11 July 2017 12:00 to 15:00   Price: R60 per child per class. All materials will be provided. All craft classes are suitable for children 5 years of age and older.   Wednesday, 5 July 2017 Sounds of Africa: Come and create your own Africa-inspired Bongo drums with found objects.   Thursday, 6 July 2017 Birds of Africa: Create your own rainbow-coloured bird-like wings for all your playing adventures.   Friday, 7 July 2017 Wire Trees: Learn the craft of wire sculpture and construct your own wire tree decorated with colourful paper-constructed birds.    Monday, 10 July 2017 Paint with Nature: Painting with organic materials such as leaves and feathers is fun!  Come and paint your own landscape scene using organic stencils like feathers, branches and flowers.   Tuesday, 11 July 2017 Elephant Pull Toy: The elephant is seen as one of Africa's most precious giants.  For this project creativity and playing will be combined!  An elephant toy will be created and decorated with patterns found on traditional African textiles.    Please bring your own apron or old clothes as well as your own packed lunches. Every craft class will be combined with a free ride on the African Carousel. Booking is essential as only a limited number of participants can be accommodated.   For additional information and bookings please contact Oliewenhuis Art Museum at 051 0110 525 (ext 200) or eduassistant [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za

Sasol New Signatures Art Competition 2017 – Be Discovered!

Johannesburg, South Africa –Discovering and promoting South Africa’s artistic talent is at the very heart of Sasol New Signatures Art Competition.  Being the longest running competition of its kind in South Africa, Sasol New Signatures has played a pivotal role over the years in unearthing local artists and promoting them to the art-loving public.

This year’s competition intends to remain true to this legacy by looking for those hidden artists that want to break into the mainstream.

“As a collector and corporate supporter of the arts, Sasol understands the importance of discovering new talent and providing a platform to showcase it. For us, this is one of the many ways we contribute to meaningfully celebrating South Africa’s heritage and capturing its essence for the benefit of current and future generations,” said Elton Fortuin, Vice President: Group Communication and Brand Management at Sasol.

Entries for the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition are now officially opened.

Held annually in partnership with the Association of Arts Pretoria, the competition is open to all South African artists who are 18 years and older, who have not yet held a solo exhibition. A solo exhibition entails a body of work of at least 20 works exhibited in a commercial gallery. Artists can submit their artworks in all artistic mediums – painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, performance art, video and installations.

As part of the competition, there will be Information Sessions taking place across the country from end-April. The purpose of these sessions is to educate emerging artists on how they can produce and submit winning work, thereby contributing to improving the quality of entries every year.

Furthermore, there will also be National Feedback Sessions at the various selection points countrywide. There, artists who’ve submitted their works will have the opportunity to find out from the judges why certain entries were accepted and others not. The intention is to assist aspiring artists to grow and guide them on how they can further better their art.

Contemporary, innovative and emerging artists wanting to “be discovered” are invited to submit their artworks at one of several collection points around the country between 10h00 and 16h00 on Thursday, 29 June 2017 and Friday, 30 June 2017

The final round of judging where the winners are chosen takes place at the Pretoria Art Museum. Works are judged individually, based on the concept, use of material, quality of craftsmanship, and skill demonstrated. The Judges for 2017 are Dr Pieter Binsbergen (Chairman), Nelmarie du Preez (Overall winner 2015), Prof Raimi Gbadamosi (University of Pretoria), Cecile Loedolff (Sasol), Mary Sibande (Artist) and Gabriel Clark-Brown (Publisher and founder of South African Art Times)

The winner of the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition will be announced on 30th August 2017 at a gala event, after which the winning works will be displayed at the prestigious Pretoria Art Museum from Thursday, 31 August 2017 to Sunday, 8 October 2017. The winner will receive R100 000 and a solo exhibition at next year’s exhibition, with the runner up winning R25 000 and the five merit award winners receiving R10 000 each.   

Zyma Amien, 2016 winner, will hold her first solo exhibition within the official exhibition later this year.  “Artists who are working in a contemporary realm with current, cutting edge issues must consider entering this competition. The artwork is judged and not the colour, age or gender of the artist. The artwork should reflect the heartbeat of society. Due to the magnitude and the publicity that the Sasol competition generates; winning grants the artist the opportunity to highlight pertinent issues in public” said Amien.

For more information on the competition, artists can visit www.sasolnewsignatures.co.za


Workshop Title: Sculpting Porcelain: Hand modelling and Carving workshop presented by Toni Pretorius

Date: Saturday, 13 May 2017

Time: 10:00-14:00

Cost: R300

Venue: Oliewenhuis Art Museum, 16 Harry Smith Street, Bloemfontein

Oliewenhuis Art Museum is proud to announce that the celebrated ceramic artist, Toni Pretorius, will present a workshop in porcelain at 10:00 on Saturday, 13 May 2017.

Toni Pretorius, acclaimed for her meticulous hand-crafted porcelain sculptures, was the recently declared overall winner of the Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition in the Free State. She also has artworks in numerous private and public art collections.

This workshop specifically focuses on the fine art of modelling a pendant-sized piece of porcelain from a two-dimensional image. The workshop includes an informative discussion on the medium itself. The practical element of the workshop will focus on observing and recreating natural textures and shapes.

Each participant will produce a finished product which they can then keep for themselves. Points to be addressed will include tips on working with porcelain; how it differs from other clays and what effects can be achieved at the various drying stages of the clay. Also how to mimic textures (with a focus on organic textures), creating focal points for a three- dimensional work, understanding how the medium works, what it will and won’t allow, and how to deal with breakages and other setbacks.

Anyone interested in learning more about the fine art of porcelain sculpting is welcome to attend. The workshop fee includes porcelain, the firing of the final pieces and tea-time refreshments. Attendees must please provide their own ceramic sculpting tools, a fine tipped craft knife, and a soft small painting brush. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch box or order from The Terrace Restaurant on the premises.

As limited space is available, booking for the workshop is essential.  To book, or for any enquiries, please contact Yolanda de Kock at 051 0110 525 (ext 200) or yolanda [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za


Exciting prize addition announced at 2017 Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition launch

Following the success of last year’s competition, the much anticipated 2017 Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition, presented by Phatshoane Henney Attorneys in association with Oliewenhuis Art Museum, was launched this week, spearheaded by a motivational presentation by acclaimed South African artist, Willie Bester.

The launch and information session held at Oliewenhuis Art Museum in Bloemfontein on Wednesday, the 15th of March, attracted nearly 150 artists and interested parties who received pointers on competition preparation and news regarding the rollout of the competition in 2017 as well as an exciting new feature that has been added to this year’s competition.

Sam Moleko, Director at Phatshoane Henney Attorneys, announced Gallery on Leviseur as a new competition partner who will be hosting the Winners Group Exhibition in mid-2018. “All competition winners, including Merit Award winners, will automatically qualify for preparation support and the Winners Group Exhibition to be held at Gallery on Leviseur to showcase a broader body of the competition winners’ work,” he said.

This extra incentive to enter the competition is in addition to the R100 000 in prize money allocated to the competition winners, with R50 000 awarded to the Winner, R20 000 to the Runner-up and R10 000 each to two Merit Award winners, as well as R10 000 to the Public Choice Award winner.

Moleko took the opportunity to revisit the central aim of this visual arts competition, namely to provide a platform for the discovery and advancement of new and emerging Free State artists. “We wish the competition to continue celebrating the excellence and creativity of artists based in the Free State, where our firm has its roots.”

Ester le Roux, Curator at Oliewenhuis Art Museum also expanded on the concept of new and emerging artists highlighting that “’new’ does not relate to age but rather to your positioning as an artist. This means that the only exclusion is if you are already an established artist with solo exhibition experience. Otherwise the competition is open for all and will hopefully uncover the next new breed artist.” She also emphasised that artists must make sure that they obtain a copy of the entry form and carefully read the submission requirements to ensure they prepare well and timeously to avoid late or incomplete submissions. Submissions will be at Oliewenhuis Art Museum from 4 to 10 September 2017.

Bester, particularly well known for his Resistance Art and installations made of found objects, called on local artists to “use art as a vehicle for change in this world.”

“Remember, art is the heartbeat of life that keeps reminding us of our roots and gives you a voice to change the course of life or society. Sometimes people may think that your ideas are ridiculous – but you should try and prove them wrong. So follow your passion and take control of your plan.” With these sagely words ringing in their ears many of the young artists took opportunity to talk to Bester about art and how they could better prepare for the competition.

For the entry form and more competition information, artists can visit the art competition website at www.phinc.co.za/art. Further enquiries can be directed to Magdel Louw, competition coordinator, at art [at] phinc [dot] co [dot] za or Ester le Roux, Curator at Oliewehuis Art Museum, at oliewen [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za or (051) 011 0525.

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Artist Willie Bester, second from the right, with last year’s Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition winners namely, from left, Helena de Waal, Toni Pretorius, Sandy Little and Mothobi Mefane. (Absent: Carmen van Staden)

Carved wooden sculptures for sale at Oliewenhuis Art Museum

A selection of unique hand-carved wooden sculptures by local woodcarvers from Mangaung and the Free State are for sale in the entrance foyer of Oliewenhuis Art Museum.

Oliewenhuis Art Museum has pledged its assistance and support to the artistic well-being of this unique group of ten disadvantaged sculptors as the Museum strives to actively participate in the artistic life of the Free State Province.  The sculptors are supported by the income generated from the sales of their work. The artists determine the price of each artwork and Oliewenhuis Art Museum takes no commission. In addition to displaying and selling the artworks, Oliewenhuis Art Museum also supports the artists by providing advice and information on exhibiting, marketing and on visual aspects relating to their artworks.

Although none of these artists have any formal training, all of the sculptures are quality crafted artworks, with the artists’ expressing their individuality through diverse approaches to style and content. Woodcarving is a highly specialized skill that challenges the carver to combine a thorough knowledge and years of experience of working with wood with imagination, creativity and self-expression. As testament to their artistic skills, Oliewenhuis Art Museum has acquired artworks from local sculptors Justinus (Sefako) Khoalibe, David Molapisi, David Padi and Bernett Phalatsane for the Permanent Collection.

Most of the sculptures are carved fromwild olive wood and old railway sleepers, but there are even little sheep made from poplar wood and real sheepskin!

Please come and support our Free State sculptors by buying a uniquehand-carved sculpture for yourself or as a gift for someone else. Most of the artists are willing to do commissions (for example corporate gifts or functional items) and Oliewenhuis Art Museum will gladly facilitate the process.

For more information, please contact Oliewenhuis Art Museum on (051) 011 0525 or oliewen [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za