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Monday, September 14, 2020


(Phumlani Nyawo

Phansi Museum has a new artist in residence, a current exhibition and they’re back in the tour business!

The latest newsletter reads:

“This moment Phansi we find ourselves in has been challenging, but we have discovered there is a great reward after the hardest parts. Things have certainly picked up here at 500 Esther Roberts, as with lockdown level 2 we could put into action amazing programmes and open again for tours.

“We have a new artist in residence, local potter, Phumlani Nyawo. Nyawo has been working with clay for many years starting his journey at the Bat Centre. He entered the Innibos National Craft Exhibition where he reached the finals and received a prize for his Nguni Bulls which are hand-crafted and smoke fired. He has exhibited with CSA KZN, collaborated with MRP home, and showcased his work at galleries Nationally and Regionally.

Nyawo will spend the next three months at Phansi as part of the Rotary programme, which includes a series of art and craft workshops, involving a small selection of learners from various schools and locations. The workshops involve pottery, ceramics, leather works and beading. It is coordinated by John Ramona, Ntuthuko Khuzwayo, Bongani Mhlongo, Phumlani Nyawo and the Museum.

Tours to Phansi are open again - Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 15h00, and Saturday from 10h00 to 14h00. Social distancing is required, as well as masks, sanitisation and temperatures are checked and recorded at the entrance. African Art Centre is also open for patrons to find local craft items and art.

Phansi Museum is situated at 500 Esther Roberts Road, Glenwood, in Durban. Contact the museum on 031 206 2889 or email or visit