ART IN NATURE WITH NILS-UDO
STARTS 25/07/2018

THE BASICS

  • Six nights accommodation in a private room with mountain views
  • Five full days of teaching, workshops, discussions, activities and use of our excellent arts facilities
  • All inclusive - breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks included
  • All dietary requirements catered for - vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, allergies - no problem
  • Return transport from Toulouse included

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Make art in nature under the personal support of one of the most influential artists in this field
  • Create one or more new works in the spectacular landscape of the high Pyrenees
  • Combine classroom work and discussions with active field work
  • Subsequent exhibition opportunities in the UK, France and Germany
  • Full board including room, meals and drinks
  • Unlimited use of our Pro Tools recording studios, arts library, digital editing suites, dark room and other facilities
  • Optional mountain expeditions including ascent of Mont Ceint and the spectacular Cascade d'Ars

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NILS-UDO began his artistic life as a painter, before shifting focus to working with environmental art in the early 70's, and soon became a representative figure for the "art in nature" movement. His iconic nests, water-houses and natural altars are unmistakable, the result of a process of "bringing out" elements of the landscape, combining natural materials into new arrangements to form ephemeral artworks, natural configurations which degrade and are weathered, preserved only in the large-format photographs which he produces of his installations. His materials are alive, his works have a lifespan, are mortal.

NILS-UDO's session will explore the various aspects, possibilities and approaches to working in and with nature. Discussion and one-to-one conversations at CAMP will lead to work in the forests, mountains, valleys and pastures of the Haute Couserans region, and different works, installations or interventions in the natural environment will be created using exclusively the materials found at the respective location.

Every participant will, under the personal supportive direction of NILS-UDO or alone, set up one or even several smaller interventions. It is also conceivable that several participants work together to set up a larger work.

As NILS-UDO says: "We are not sculptors. We do not decorate nature with prefabricated objects or artifacts! The work of art is nature herself! We will respond carefully and sensitively to the respective situation we find in nature and work in and with it. The result is always a reaction to the situation encountered. It can be fleeting or even of a more permanent character."

A photographic record will be made of each work, under different lighting conditions and at different times of day. Interventions are also possible that take into account the time factor and which are specifically and exclusively designed for video. These records of the work created during this session will form a new exhibition at Fuse Art Space in 2019, with subsequent touring of the work to France and Germany.



WHERE AND WHEN?

The course takes place at our residential centre in Aulus les Bains. It's two hours south of Toulouse, high in the French Pyrenees, very near the border with Spain. For detailed travel information, see the transport section. The course starts on Wednesday, 25/07/2018. We advise that you arrive the evening before (24/07/2018) - dinner and accommodation that night is included. The course runs for five days, ending on Sunday night. Accommodation on Sunday night is included, then we leave on Monday morning (30/07/2018). If you decide to take the minibus with us, you will be picked up in Toulouse at 6pm on 24/07/2018, and will be back in Toulouse at 11am on 30/07/2018.

HOW TO BOOK

To book your place on the course, click the button in the green section above. You won't pay anything right now - we'll send you a booking confirmation email with everything you need to know next. Your place is reserved without payment for three days.

You'll find a payment link in the booking confirmation email - follow the link to make a payment (either in full, or the first payment of a four month payment plan). In the latter case, a monthly payment plan will be put in place, so your card will be charged 25% of the fee today, and 25% each month (on the same day) for an additional three months. All card payments are handled by Stripe, and are extremely secure. We don't store any card data ourselves - all of this is handled securely off-site by Stripe. If you have a discount or grant code, you will be able to add it when you follow the payment link in your confirmation email.

Once you've made a payment, you'll receive another email containing your receipt, links to resources, contact information and access to our group chat to discuss the workshop with other participants.
INCLUDED IN THE COURSE FEE: SIX NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION, AND FIVE DAYS OF CLASSES AND ACTIVITIES, A COMFORTABLE PRIVATE ROOM AT CAMP, ALL MEALS - BREAKFAST AND LUNCH AT CAMP, DINNER AT AN EXCELLENT LOCAL RESTAURANT, UNLIMITED USE OF OUR RECORDING STUDIOS, EDITING SUITES, REHEARSAL STUDIOS, LIBRARY AND OTHER FACILITIES, POST-COURSE BENEFITS & SUPPORT (SEE BELOW)
NOT INCLUDED IN THE COURSE FEE: TRAVEL
STUDENT LEVEL: ALL WELCOME
EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: BRING VARIOUS SMALL TOOLS: SHARP POCKET KNIVES, PRUNING SHEARS, SMALL HANDSAW, SMALL SHOVEL, PAPER AND COLORED PENCILS. IN ADDITION, ALL PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BRING THEIR OWN CAMERAS, OUTDOOR CLOTHING AND STURDY SHOES.
POST-COURSE SUPPORT: ONGOING ARTIST SUPPORT, EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITIES IN THE UK, FRANCE & GERMANY