Owl House Foundation AGM and some history

Are you interested in the preservation of the Owl House? Make sure to attend the Owl House Foundation’s annual general meeting (AGM) taking place on Saturday, 10 November 2018. The meeting will be held in the OHF Boardroom in Martins Street, Nieu Bethesda, at 10:00. In the years following Helen Martins’ death, visitors would still… Continue reading Owl House Foundation AGM and some history

Guest post: A Camel Yard

A Camel Yard is a poem written years ago after the author visited the Owl House. A Camel Yard Nieu-Bethesda The dancing on the breath of a Karoo breeze words say elsewhere elsewhere. Shimmering wishes fishnetted between a Karoo sun cooling and the rising blue hieroglyphic moon, tinkling, sing for northbound caravans, for unheard music.… Continue reading Guest post: A Camel Yard

Owl House Studios: An animation studio inspired by Helen Martins

This video was created by Jessica Cope, an animator and animation director. She created a short animated film titled The Owl House as part of her degree. The story is based on her visit to Helen Martins' Owl House, inspired by the feeling her visit left her. She also started an animation studio named Owl… Continue reading Owl House Studios: An animation studio inspired by Helen Martins

The near demise of the Owl House

Did you know that the Owl House was almost destroyed and refurbished as municipal offices some years ago? The story goes that Helen Martins’ precious Owl House nearly met its early end when the local municipality, who owns the property, was looking for a new office building and management considered flattening the Camel Yard and using… Continue reading The near demise of the Owl House

Miss Helen’s last wish: keeping the Owl House alive

If you had ever visited the Helen Martins Museum, which was Huldah van Wyk’s brain child, you would have seen a number of copied documents against the walls. These include letters to Miss Helen’s friends during her last months. This is also where one of my favourite quotes come from, and it gives us some insight… Continue reading Miss Helen’s last wish: keeping the Owl House alive

It takes a village

It has been 41 years since Helen Martins, the renowned outsider artist and creator of the Owl House took her own life. Throughout these years it took a lot of hard work and selfless volunteers giving their time and effort to keep the Owl House, as it stands today, intact and running. Over the years,… Continue reading It takes a village