Music, food and Phansi Museum art

Resident artist Peter Engblom and a section of The Community Murals Project at the Phansi Museum in Glenwood, Durban. Picture by Niamh  Walsh-Vorster.

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BY BILLY SUTER

IN CELEBRATION of Heritage Month, Durban’s Phansi Museum at 500 Esther Roberts Road, Glenwood, will present music, food and art from 5pm to 7.30pm on Thursday, September 13.

Join artists Ildo Nandja, Milton Chissano, Hailey Fudu and Ashantewaa Ngidi for an intimate evening of unity building, music and dinner to celebrate diversity during Heritage Month.

Prebook your discounted tickets on Quicket for R100 (R50 per child). This includes dinner.

Also note that the museum is currently hosting The Community Murals Project until September 21. This has history remembered through an eight-panel visual project by resident artist, Peter Engblom, who created the collages in the Roberts House Cowshed adjoining the museum.

“A remarkable figure in the art world of our province was Terry Anne Stevenson, the friend and confidant of so many grassroots artists. Through their murals her group, together with the people who often illegally occupied public spaces, reclaimed them all over the province,” says a gallery spokesman.

A section of the an eight-panel visual project by resident artist, Peter Engblom.

“Who can forget the Human Rights murals on the Durban Prison wall – all three layers of them. The Bat Centre murals, the grand and giving Umkubulwana at Berea station and the Market. No wall was safe in those early days of democracy.

“No school, no railway station, no under- or overpass, or lonely wall could withstand a Community Murals attack. Many individuals branched out and became remarkable artists in their own right.

“Terry Anne, through her relationship with the African Art Centre, Rorke’s Drift and quite a number of informal and formal art collectives, became the conduit through which many township, rural and urban artists entered the public space.

“In her memory and all those who worked with her, the trustees decided to embark on a legacy project that will be of long-lasting value. It follows the arts in KZN from the days, about 200 years ago, when records were first kept.”

The plan is to tell this history around a number of nodes with which people are   familiar. The influence of the missions; training of techniques and concepts of western art and religion in places like Ceza, Rourke’s Drift and Marianhill; Ndaleni; the celebration of indigenous art during the Grossert years; Adams Mission and the importance of the African Art Centre, the Community Art Project and the Bat Centre.

“From these we branch out and follow leads in all directions. All is placed against a backdrop of the politics and social engineering at the time.”


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