About Eyethu Gallery

This world

Is but a canvas to our imagination.

Eyethu Gallery was launched in 2014. We are a commercial gallery dealing in South African contemporary art, located in Mofolo Central, Soweto.

Our expertise is to organise exhibitions, design forums and artist residencies. We also operate as a consultancy in the contemporary visual art sector.

Eyethu Gallery

is a legal entity under the ‘Eyethu’ flagship

This includes Eyethu Lifestyle Centre and Eyethu Cellar Door.

Finding gainful synergies in the arts and hospitality sectors,  our past and current projects include contemporary art exhibitions by emerging and already established arts practitioners.

Phumzile Twala
Phumzile TwalaArt Curator
Phumzile N. Twala is a curator, freelance writer and art project manager.
She is a former co-coordinator of Soweto Art Week, founding editor of online art magazine Barcoded Mag and currently Art Project Manager at Eyethu Art Space. She also manages various art projects and is an independent curator.
In 2016 she was selected to be part of the Southern Summer School/Northern Winter Workshops in Utrecht, Netherlands as part of a group of South African art practitioners and was invited to conduct a series of presentations and workshops about the decolonisation of the arts.
In late February 2017 she gave a short lecture in the Netherlands about The Role of the Sowetan Artist in the 21st Century, which she based on experience she gained from profiling various artists as well as through her work in Soweto Art Week.
Her talk featured ideas on how artists in Soweto could make better use of spaces around the area, as well as how they could create and efficiently run sustainable art exhibitions or projects. She also co-coordinated a writing workshop at the Critical Studies department of the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam as well as a reading event at San Seriffe bookshop.
As founding editor and writer for Barcoded Mag, she featured and profiled various visual and performing artists, such as Kemang wa Lehulere, Rendani Nemakhavhani and Nandipha Mntambo among others. Barcoded Mag had a core focus on providing a platform for sharing stories of local artists, gallerists and art practitioners. The magazine featured educational content, feature articles and opportunities within the arts sector.
In her role as Soweto Art Week Co-coordinator, she has been involved in the organisation of various aspects of the event, which has featured works by the likes of Helen Sebidi, Nontsikelelo Veleko, Alex Flett and Mduduzi Twala.
She has been instrumental in the development and organisation of panel discussions for various projects in Soweto. Her role as co-ordinator of panel discussions included research and structuring of discussions around particular topics and curating the experience.
In her role at Eyethu Space, she aims to fulfil the mandate of the Eyethu brand, which strives to break perceptions about art spaces in the township.
In this role, she strives to facilitate networks between various cultural spaces around Soweto, while ensuring that Eyethu Gallery grows in terms of conceptual artwork exhibited and that the space is utilised for artist residency programs, cultural events and art education programs.