Helen Martins and the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám

Everyone who visits the Owl House and Camel Yard will always experience something completely different. Some feel an eerie presence, as if Helen is still tending to her birds and flowers, touching up statues and drinking tea in the kitchen, while others will see the hard work that has gone into creating the marvel that… Continue reading Helen Martins and the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám

Die Uilhuis in die nuus: Buitestanderkuns

Buitestanderkuns: Die Wonderwêrelde van Miss Helen en Outa Lappies deur Melvyn Minnaar (gepubliseer in Die Burger, Julie 2017) Afrikaans het die mooi, bedeesde woord vir “Outsider”. Waar die Engels die gevoel van afsluiting, afstand suggereer, lyk “buitestander” meer na ’n filosofiese beskrywing van iemand wat sku-sku nie presies by almal en die gemeenskap inpas nie.… Continue reading Die Uilhuis in die nuus: Buitestanderkuns

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