NG Art Creative Residence


Pilgrims far and wide, in pursuit of creative enlightenment, are journeying to Eygalières, Provence, Southern France to attend the NG Art Creative Residency at the 15th century Provencal homestead, Mas des Pelerins; House of Pilgrims, opening this September.

A home away from home, NG Art Creative Residency is an international multi-disciplinary creative residency that offers a place of respite, nourishment and enlightenment for artists, writers, poets, musicians, performers, filmmakers, photographers, academic scholars, and other creatives who seek to enrich their process, embark on imaginative endeavours, and immerse themselves in an environment of reflection and creative freedom – in the studio and en plein air.

Directed and run by long-standing gallerist, curator, entrepreneur, director and visionary Nicky Ginsberg, the NG Art Creative Residency is the collective brainchild of Ginsberg’s creative offspring; NG Art Gallery, the Chippendale Creative Precinct, Kensington Contemporary, Mission Restaurant Bar, and The Chip Off The Old Block.

 
 

Born in London, schooled at the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle, attended University of Sydney to undertake a BA in Art History, and dwelled in Sydney for 30 years, she now comes full circle and celebrates her love of art, culture and food in the epicenter of where it all began.

Open September through May year-round, Ginsberg invites pilgrims on their own creative journeys to replenish their skillset and ignite their imagination in a nurturing environment she has crafted herself.

Mas des Pelerins was once a pilgrims’ inn; a dwelling of rest for ‘wanderers with purpose’ on the pilgrimage route of St Jacques de Compostelle through France to Spain. History tells of the weary travelers who saw candlelight burning in the turret and sought food and rest in the grand stone house before setting off on the road again.

Today, in a Provencal backdrop of traditional gastronomy and a long-celebrated tapestry of art and culture, residents will be nourished from dawn ‘til dusk, create en plein air, and explore a region steeped in a rich history of art, music, poetry, literature and philosophy.

Creatives will have the opportunity to explore the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region, learn the native tongue and try their hand at traditional Provencal cooking. They will engage with fellow creatives and the local artist community at evening soirées, feasts for the senses, workshops, and over Côte de Provence Rosès at local vineyards.

By bright sunny day, moonlight or candlelight, residents will feast on home-cooked fare and Provencal delicacies at the homestead, picnic on goose fois gras, Pont-l’Évêque cheese, artisan baguettes, charcuterie boards of herb-crusted saucisson and jambon de bayonne in the sun-kissed meadows of Provence, and reside in the Mas des Pelerins living quarters alongside mentor Nicky Ginsberg.

Above all, NG Art Creative Residency will provide a sanctuary for pilgrims to create, paint, draw, sculpt, write, sing, rhyme, film, photograph, ponder life and collaborate. Creatives are encouraged to share ideas, engage in philosophical enquiry and discourse, add new skillsets to their repertoire, and be surrounded by like-minded people in a meeting of creative minds.

 
 

Whether in the Mas des Pelerins studio, or en plein air in the warm golden light, pilgrims can continue on their creative journey, perhaps a road unknown. NG Art Creative Residency joins a growing worldwide network of creative residencies that now exist in 70 countries. This global community offers artists, curators and innovators the opportunity to explore, create and collaborate in inspiring and energizing new spaces and contexts.

Provence has inspired the likes of artists Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, and Paul Cezanne, writers Frederik Mistral, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal and Marie Mauron, poet and screenwriter Jacques Prévert, poet Joseph Roumanille, composer and musician Olivier Messiaen, and novelists Alphonse Daudet and Peter Mayle, to name but a few.

Mas des Pelerins is located in Eygalières, Provence, Southern France and caters for up to six creative residents at any one time. Creatives can apply at www.ngart.com.au/apply by submitting a 600-word response to a number of criteria and providing an example of work.