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Ansisters Event August 2005


Detail from the performance 'Patterns Outside My Head' by Janine Lewis, Rantebeng Makapan and Bonisile Nxumalo. As part of the FACE Ansisters 2005 event, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg.

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studio : participants : helen timm


helen timm

A portrait of Helen Timm by Thomasin Dewhurst when she studied under her at Grahamstown University, South Africa.

katty vandenberghe

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Eve Collet has two large paintings by Helen Timm which she would like to sell. Please contact her at if you are interested. The value of these works are estimated at R38 000,00 per painting. Eve is open to offers.

One of the paintings is on display at the restaurant in the Cape Grace Hotel in Cape Town, and apparently causes quite a stir. The other is available to view at Everard Read in Johannesburg.

Universal City I
Universal City I, 104 x 149. Framed oil on board.

Universal City I
Universal City II, 121 x 150. Framed oil on board.


Although Helen passed away in 2004, I decided to invite her to participate in Ansisters in 2005 and assumed her presence throughout my process. Her influence on me as an artist and as a human being has been enormous. I wanted to bring her into this virtual space that she and I used to debate about before her illness took over.

After receiving an e-mail from across the oceans asking what had happened to her, I decided to add this page and allow others who knew her to say their peace...

So, Helen, this is for you...

Posted 20 September 2005 ,, author: katty vandenberghe.

Thomasin Dewhurst, California, 2005

I am so sad to hear of Helen Timm’s passing last year. I only found out about it yesterday when browsing It brought back so many memories of my time at Rhodes when I was fortunate enough to know her, and made me realize once again how valuable her influence has been on my life. She was one of the most warm-hearted and generous people I have met. She welcomed friends into her life as though they were family. She was a wonderful listener, but also was full of wonderful ideas and wisdom which, in turn, made listening to her a joy. She was gentle, patient, strong and so passionate about life and art. I could not have a had a better teacher for my first year painting. She inspired me with courage and energy and made being at Rhodes that year almost magical.

I hope that her life was filled with love and happiness and that she achieved everything she wanted. She had such an art for living that I believe that she must have done. I am sure she will remain in spirit with everyone and everything she has touched.

Thank-you, Helen, for all you gave me.

Posted 20 September 2005 ,, author: Thomasin Dewhurst.