2018 Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition launches 20 March

Artists invited to draw inspiration from acclaimed visual arts consultant, Les Cohn

Inspiration awaits all artists attending the official launch of the 2018 Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition on Tuesday, the 20th of March 2018.

Les Cohn, acclaimed visual arts consultant from Art Source South Afirca, will be the guest presenter at the launch event taking place at Oliewenhuis Art Museum in Bloemfontein at 15:00.

Vital information on the competition and pointers on entry preparation, will also be provided. All prospective entrants and other interested parties are therefore encouraged to attend

Now in its third year, this visual arts competition presented by Phatshoane Henney Attorneys in association with Oliewenhuis Art Museum, aims to uncover emerging Free State talent and provide a strong platform for Free State artists to showcase their talent, in addition to benefitting from the competition prizes and national exposure the competition provides.


A talk on the interaction between art and law by Toby Orford

Renowned art lawyer, Toby Orford will present a talk at 17:30 on Thursday, 22 February 2018 in the Reservoir, Oliewenhuis Art Museum. The focus of the talk will include a general introduction to the interaction between art and law and how and when the different aspects of the structure known as art law works to benefit the modern art community as much as possible. 

Toby has BA, LLB and LLM degrees from the University of Cape Town and a Diploma in International Law from the University of Cambridge. Toby has practised maritime law for over 20 years in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Sweden – as a practising lawyer, consultant and in house legal counsel – involving arbitration disputes over the chartering of vessels and the carriage of cargo. Toby specialises in legal consultancy specialising in art and cultural property. Toby is based in Cape Town but his consultancy covers all of South Africa. Where appropriate, he works in conjunction with dedicated teams of local lawyers and other experts.

For more information please contact Oliewenhuis Art Museum on 051 011 0525 (ext 200) or oliewen [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za.

Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA) in partnership with Oliewenhuis Art Museum invites you to an information session.

The information session will be presented by Katlego Taunyane, Networks Progamme Manager at VANSA. The session is intended to inform visual artists about the developments in the industry, the work of VANSA and how artists can take advantage of these developments.  The sessions will equip visual artists with the right tools that are concerned with realising new social, cultural and economic possibilities for contemporary art practice in South Africa”

Session details:

Date: 15 February 2018

Time: 18:00 for 18:30

Venue: Oliewenhuis Art Museum

RSVP: eduassistant [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za


Date: 27 February - 1 March 2018

Time: 09:00 – 17:00

Place: Oliewenhuis Art Museum, 16 Harry Smith Street

Course fee: R900 (includes tools and materials to the value of R300)

The National Museum and Oliewenhuis Art Museum will be hosting a very special three day book binding course presented by Johan Maree, a paper conservation specialist and bookbinder from the Western-Cape. Participants will learn to professionally bind their own books, using the minimum tools and equipment. The course will focus on sewing of sections, gluing of the spine and making a cover.

Tea and coffee will be served. Participants must please bring their own lunch.

Please book your spot as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!

To book, or for any enquiries, please contact Yolanda de Kock at 051 011 0525 (ext 200) or yolanda [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za

Valentine’s Day Movie evening: showcasing La La Land

On Saturday 17 February 2018, Fractal will again host a Valentine’s Day movie evening on the front lawn of Oliewenhuis Art Museum. The popular American musical and romantic-comedy- drama film La La Land (PG13) will be screened. This Damien Chazelle directed film stars Ryan Gosling as a jazz pianist and Emma Stone as an aspiring actress. The film tells the tale of a couple who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles while pursuing their dreams. The title of the film refers to both the city of Los Angeles and the idiom for being "out of touch with reality". This original musical is about everyday life and explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.

Come and enjoy a ‘bring your own picnic’ style event on Oliewenhuis’ front lawn. Remember to bring some extra cash for mouth-watering eats and treats that will be on sale. Snowhaven Ice Cream will serve delicious soft serve ice cream; Kovsie Brewery will provide delicious on-tap craft beer and MH Coffee will bring their mobile coffee café that serves well-crafted coffee. 

Entrance is a minimal R20 per person and tickets will be on sale at the gate on the night of the event. Gates open at 17:30. Free entrance for children under the age of 13 (to qualify ID will be requested).

For more information, please contact Yolanda de Kock at Oliewenhuis Art Museum on 051 0110 525 (ext 200) or yolanda [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za

Fractal’s movie evenings and events at Oliewenhuis Art Museum have become extremely popular in recent years. Events including 1000 Drawings, Construct your Skin and the annual Valentine’s Day and Halloween movie nights have become fixtures in Bloemfontein’s entertainment calendar. Fractal is an ad hoc committee of the Friends of Oliewenhuis Art Museum, consisting of 3 – 10 executive members. Fractal aims to educate the general public and thus awaken in them the desire to preserve our national Art Museums.

Walter Meyer

Walter Meyer was born on 31 January 1965 and grew up in Pretoria, where he matriculated with a distinction in Art. He received a B.A. Degree in Fine Arts at the University of Pretoria with a dissertation entitled “Contemporary trends in European Painting”. He then studied at the Staatliche Kunstakademi in Düsseldorf while he travelled through Europe and America in order to view the work of contemporary modern artists. Meyer was a full-time practicing artist who lived in different parts of the platteland of South Africa including Bethuli. The last few years of his life were spent in Upington, Northern Cape Province.

Meyer was an artist specifically renowned for his unique depiction of South African landscapes. His former wife, Catharina Scheepers, explained that his relationship with the landscape was both emotional and spiritual. Landscapes were his greatest inspiration. He revealed the hidden beauty in the mundane scenes of the desolated landscapes that he often painted. His paintings reflected fragments of his own sense of isolation.

Contemporary artist, Cobus van Bosch, befittingly stated that Meyer’s landscapes left a haunting and memorable impression on the viewer. On a technical level, his loaded brush saturated colours and dramatic interplay of deep shadows and brilliant, shimmering light, elevated his painting well above those of many other accomplished painters. This allowed him to render virtually any landscape as a beautiful and soothing vista.

During his artistic career, Meyer participated in over 40 group exhibitions and more than 12 solo exhibitions. His work is represented in numerous prestigious private and public collections such as Pretoria Art Museum, Rupert Foundation, Oliewenhuis Art Museum and the Power Corporations in Canada.

Walter Meyer sadly passed away on 22 December 2017. In honour and memory of this highly praised South African artist, Oliewenhuis Art Museum is showcasing two of his paintings from the permanent collection titled Township, Luderitz (2004) and Selfportret (2009).

These paintings can be viewed on the first floor of the Main Building at Oliewenhuis Art Museum.

Entrance to the museum is free. Operating hours are from Monday to Friday 8:00-17:00 and Saturday to Sunday 9:00-16:00. For more information please contact Oliewenhuis Art Museum at 051 0110 525 (ext 200) or oliewen [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za

Kiddies Holiday Workshops 

  7 – 13 December 2017  12:00 to 15:00 Price: R70 per child per class All materials will be provided. All craft classes are suitable for children 5 years of age and older.  

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Fish aquarium:  Come and create your own fish aquarium and fishes out of found objects such as boxes and coloured paper.  

Friday, 8 December 2017

Collage animal marionettes:  Create your own collage animal marionette with recycled materials.   

Monday, 11 December 2017

Kid size foosball table:  Create your own foosball table and decorate it with colourful patterns and drawings. A small plastic ball will be provided to play with.  

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Three dimensional castles:  With this project creativity and playing will be combined! A three dimensional castle for knights and princesses will be created out of cardboard boxes and decorated with paint.  

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Paper plate Christmas tree:  Create a Christmas tree and decorate it with your own handcrafted Christmas decorations.   Please bring your own apron or old clothes as well as your own packed lunch. All craft classes include 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 contact Oliewenhuis Art Museum at 051 0110 525 (ext 200) or eduassistant [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za 


Callout to Free State artists: apply for mentorship programme with South African artist, Willie Bester

Free State artists are invited to apply for possible selection for a two-day practical mentorship programme for emerging artists presented by renowned South African artist, Willie Bester. The Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition was established in 2016 by Bloemfontein law firm, Phatshoane Henney Attorneys, as a unique visual arts competition for Free State province artists. Now in its second year, the competition continues to provide an excellent platform for Free State artists to showcase their talent and contemporary Free State art, thereby allowing them to benefit from the exposure the competition provides.   The Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition is proudly presented in association with Oliewenhuis Art Museum. Oliewenhuis Art Museum is a satellite of the National Museum, Bloemfontein, an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture. We believe that education is a vital element for the successful continuance of this competition and we therefore offer a two-day practical mentorship programme for emerging artists presented by renowned South African artist, Willie Bester. We hereby open the platform for Free State artists to apply for this amazing opportunity! This mentorship opportunity will take place from 9:00 to 16:00 on the 8th and 9th of November 2017 at the sculpture studio of the Department of Design and Studio Art at the Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein.   The procedure for the practical mentorship is as follows: • Willie Bester and a group of emerging artists will conduct a workshop that will focus on creating an assemblage sculpture with found objects. • The group will be divided into smaller groups, but ultimately each participant will create their own sculpture under the guidance of Willie Bester. • ONLY 4 PUBLIC PLACES ARE AVAILABLE. • All applicants will have to submit a formal proposal and a fair selection process will take place by an appointed committee. • Applicants must have some previous knowledge about working with heavy duty machinery, such as those used for welding and grinding. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.   During the workshop Willie Bester and selected participants will create an assemblage sculpture representing a mask. This can be an African, contemporary or abstract mask, or a mask representing your alter ego!   In order to qualify for the selection process, please submit the following on or before Friday, 27 October at Oliewenhuis Art Museum: • Preliminary sketches • At least three metal found objects (scrap metal) and two other found objects (for use or inspiration) such as shoes, bones, tin cans, newspaper clippings, pages of books or wood • A brief preliminary conceptual statement (what do you want to say or comment on) relating to the provided theme • A brief artist CV    Successful candidates will be notified by Friday, 3 November 2017.   Do not miss out on this opportunity! For more information contact Yolanda de Kock at yolanda [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za or 051 011 0525 (ext 200).  

Public Choice Award 

A total of 40 outstanding artworks consisting of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and mixed media have been selected and are in the running for the annual Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition Public Choice Award.   From 5 October to 6 November 2017, you have the deciding vote! Any member of the public can cast their vote for their favourite artist(s) on the Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition website at www.phinc.co.za/art    The Public Choice Award will go to the artist who receives the most online votes, who will in turn receive Rl0 000 in prize money to further support their artistic career.   Your vote also enters you into our weekly lucky draw for an exclusive Hermanuspietersfontein wine hamper. So get on board and have your say!  The Public Choice Award winner and overall competition winner will be announced on 9 November 2017.   VOTE for your favourite artist at:  www.phinc.co.za/art

Mime and Clowning workshops presented by Sjaka S. Septembir

Date: Saturday, 14 October 2017

Venue: Oliewenhuis Art Museum

Mime Workshop (9:00-12:00)

This workshop will teach you the basics of mime thereby allowing you to create your own mime show. Focus will be place on two aspects: body and imagination

Body: 70% of what we say is conveyed by our bodies. This workshop will teach you to discover a deeper awareness of your own body thus allowing your body to assist you in all forms of communication. This is a valuable tool to achieve excellent characterisation in your performance.

Imagination: This workshop will teach you that what you can imagine, can be created to appear alive on stage.

Clowning workshop (13:00-16:00)

Each of us has a clown within ourselves that is yearning to be discovered. This workshop will teach you the true technique of clowning that was used by Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. To achieve an honest visual comedy; this approach calls for an open mindset, willingness, the ability to listen and to be vulnerable. The main objective of this workshop is to recognise the elements of your body that makes you unique. This uniqueness will project your inner clown. Clowning can be used as comedy, physical theatre and children’s theatre.

Prices are R500 per workshop or if you book now, you will quality for the early bird special for only R400 per workshop.

Students and scholars (between the ages of 16-18 years) only R750 for both workshops.

The fees include refreshments but attendees should please bring their own lunch or order from The Terrace Restaurant on the premises.

Book your space for either one or both workshops on or before 7 October 2017 at Schoemé Grobler on 072 241 7999 or puppetrixemail [at] gmail [dot] com. Limited spaces are available!

About Sjaka S. Septembir

Sjaka is a theatre expert with 19 years of professional experience. He has a Masters degree in Theatre Making from the University of Cape Town. His main focus is to inspire others to perform at their best. His performances in 2017 include Marat/Sade at the Bacter; Harold Printer’s, The Lovers at the Alexander Bar and Olka-Bolka-Knor (a clown show that toured to Woordfees, KKNK and Suidoosterfees).

Graphic Novel book launch: Die Avonture van Bal-Oog en Brommel: Moord in Ixia Straatby the creators Sjaka S. Septembir and Swart Streep (David du Plessis)

The whimsical graphic novel: Die Avonture van Bal-Oog en Brommel: Moord in Ixia Straat was successfully launched at the Open Book Festival in Cape Town during September 2017. Oliewenhuis Art Museum is proud to announce the creators of the novel will officially launch this novel at the Main Building of Oliewenhuis at 18:00 on Thursday, 12 October 2017.

Come and hear about the highs and lows from the creators of the novel, Sjaka S. Septembir and Swart Streep (aka David du Plessis), of how Bal-Oog went from an underground comic (created in 2000) to its latest version: 'n Tintin-like Graphic Novel. Watch their early animations, hear the music created for the characters, find out about collaboration and join in on the conversation!

This is an excellent educational and networking opportunity for everyone interested in the combination of artistic practices like music, performance and animation. You have a chance to meet and learn from Sjaka S. Septembir and Swart Streep. Septembir is a recognised and published poet, actor and director with 18 years of experience in the theatre world. Swart Streep is the comic pseudonym of David du Plessis, an experienced children's book writer and illustrator. His books are published by Penguin Random House. In addition to creating books, he is a digital designer who also experiments with animation. 

Limited edition copies of Die Avonture van Bal-Oog en Brommel: Moord in Ixia Straat, as well as Bal-Oog branded merchandise will be for sale on the night of the event.

Come and join us at 18:00 on 12 October 2017 for this amazing event. Entrance is free of charge and refreshments will be served. For any enquiries please contact Yolanda de Kock at yolanda [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za or 051 0110 525 (ext 200).

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.

Wikkel if you want to join this one
Elretha Britz / 20 July 2017 / Bloemnuus

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