Testimonials


Nicky, you are a true leader. You’ve created a unique and accessible opportunity for artists who want to make work in the south of France with other like-minded creatives while experiencing Provence’s rich culture.

Alan Jones, Australia
Artist in Residence 2019

Provence’s history of artists working in the region is long and profound. To have the opportunity to work in the fields of a landscape that has been painted by so many great artists was an unforgettable experience and a real privilege.

I’ll miss Eygalieres. The NG Art Creative Residency’s 15th century homestead and grounds (Mas des Pelerins) are absolutely beautiful and homely. Mostly I’ll miss the community of artists that come to Mas des Pelerins from all over the world, I’ll miss having conversations about art and life over breakfast, the studio space, swimming in the afternoon, painting all day, long lunches, short lunches, drawing the landscape, long walks into town then walking back again, eating oysters at the markets on a Saturday, dinner and wine, more painting, then knowing I can do it all again tomorrow.

Nicky, you are a true leader. You’ve created a unique and accessible opportunity for artists who want to make work in the south of France with other like-minded creatives while experiencing Provence’s rich culture. Your passion for life is exhilarating, and your ability to bring people together and devotion to the art world is inspiring. Thank you.

 

Amber Carne, Australia
Artist in Residence 2019

The NG Art Creative Residency is a culmination of Nicky’s passion for the arts, her local community and her residents. She cares deeply about creating an environment that connects all three in a meaningful and inspiring way. It’s the supportive and inclusive manner with which she is able to do this, that is her true mastery.

There are so many moments from my stay that are etched in my memory. The beauty of the surrounding landscape is undeniable. Painting en plein air by the canal with the sun on my back and the majestic Alpilles in the distance was a ”pinch me” moment.

Then there were the many memorable conversations around the dinner table and in the studio. Meandering walks in the surrounding countryside. Slipping into the cool blue of the pool for an afternoon dip. Letting time just melt away and immersing myself into life in Eygalières.

My stay at the Mas des Pèlerins has been so much more than I ever expected. Something I will treasure forever. My original goal was simply to dedicate intensive time to progressing my painting while being in a region of France that I adore.

What I walked away with was beyond just the artistic, it was a truly enriching experience thanks to Nicky, Gabby and the other residents who I shared time with at the Mas. Thank you.

There are so many moments from my stay that are etched in my memory. The beauty of the surrounding landscape is undeniable. Painting en plein air by the canal with the sun on my back and the majestic Alpilles in the distance was a ”pinch me” moment.
 
Through the residency model that Nicky has created you discover new insights into your creative process. That’s the point right there-we do these residencies initially to find out more about the physical geography of the places we visit but also through the time apart from our daily routine we pursue a practice that ultimately we find out more about ourselves.

Anthony White, France
Artist in Residence 2019

The format of the residence at NG Creative Art Residency facilitated the time to think about new directions in my work. Working in the Eygalières region of Provence it’s hard not to depict the beauty of the light filled landscape. But instead I felt a stronger desire to depict a landscape at odds with itself. A landscape not of the picturesque but one which reflects a burden of the history of landscape painting genre and depicts the effects of modern capitalist system in which we have found ourselves a part of. The time at the residency I was able to reflect upon the overwhelming data concerning climate change the consequences of capitalism: rising inequality in the globalised world. One asks oneself the question: why do a residency in the first place? It is clear through Nicky Ginsberg’s experience in the commercial art world that she was able in a short time frame to facilitate meetings with gallerists, collectors and art world personalities of interest, which furthered mutual exchange and potential future collaborations. After experiencing the warmth and hospitality of Nicky Ginsberg and her creative team you walk away with the distinct atmosphere of the possible. Through the residency model that Nicky has created you discover new insights into your creative process. That’s the point right there-we do these residencies initially to find out more about the physical geography of the places we visit but also through the time apart from our daily routine we pursue a practice that ultimately we find out more about ourselves.

 

Sandra Porter RWA, UK
Artist in Residence 2019

My time at NG Art Creative Residency Provence, Mas des Pelerins; House of Pilgrims
was perfect for the mental space I needed and for focussing my mind on my work away from all the noise of the politics of Britain. I used the time to experiment with methods of drawing I hadn’t tried before. The atmosphere was calm yet intense in the company of excellent fellow artists and with the support of director Nicky Ginsberg and her assistant Gabriella Beaumont who made sure we had everything we needed. There was physical and mental space for concentration as well as a great studio space and beautiful surroundings to walk and think in. Stimulating conversation around a deliciously gastronomic breakfast and supper table was had daily as was the opportunity to meet other creatives in the region. I know I have made real friends at Mas des Pelerins and I sincerely hope to return soon.

There was physical and mental space for concentration as well as a great studio space and beautiful surroundings to walk and think in. Stimulating conversation around a deliciously gastronomic breakfast and supper table was had daily as was the opportunity to meet other creatives in the region.
 
Looking back now it feels like a distant dream and I am excited to not only respond to the site but harness and recreate my distant dreamy memories from this fleeting moment in time.

Anna Carey, USA
Artist in Residence 2019

I was recently a resident at the NG Art Creative Residency in the South of France. My aim while there was to gather as much material as possible by documenting, observing and reflecting on the surrounding spaces and places and develop new work in response to the region.

Nicky has created a warm, welcoming and invigorating environment to do this. It was filled with fresh farm to table food, a cozy home base and a spacious studio all while being surrounded by the sublime natural scenery. Nicky has a depth of knowledge about the spaces and places of the area and the local people that live in them. This was invaluable for me, as my work is about place it allowed me to get the most out of the experience and gain a deeper understanding of the place. In addition, connecting with other artists and people in the arts was extremely beneficial to discuss ideas, expand concepts, try new techniques. In fact, it was such a supportive community that we even managed to make inspired action plans together for one another.

All in all this pleasant place provided me with solitude, stillness and reflection to transcend my ordinary everyday routine and instead embrace new sensations, aesthetics and ideas. The historic and vernacular architecture, peaceful sounds, stunning scenery and charming quality of light will all inform my new work and the whole experience has been extremely beneficial for my development and practice. Looking back now it feels like a distant dream and I am excited to not only respond to the site but harness and recreate my distant dreamy memories from this fleeting moment in time.

 

Chris Polunin, UK
Artist in Residence 2019

It was hard to say goodbye to Mas des Pelerins and it’s inhabitants. I felt fortunate to have been selected for the Stanley Quek Prize and an amazing period had come to an end. We had just had the climax of the exhibition and my four weeks there had been one of the best experiences of my life.

Every morning I would wake up looking forward to the food. The breakfasts at the residency were the best possible way to start a day and typified the quality and attention to detail that Nicky and Elli showed throughout. The days didn’t end too badly either, the delicious meals at the end of a long day of painting, augmented by regional wines and good conversation, were hugely welcome. Nicky and Elli also dealt amazing well with the dietary requirements that some of us threw at them.

Nicky’s warmth and generosity was totally in keeping with the place that she had created. Over my four week spell, the residency swelled with artists from many backgrounds and disciplines and the love shown by Nicky has been universal and mutual. I am excited by the potential of her vision and the prospect of future collaboration.

Most days, I’d take off on foot or bike in search of places to set up my easel. The search has never been easier as in Provence, I could have painted the view from the front gates every day at all different times and never run out of inspiration. Gliding down the quiet country roads on my first days, with a successful wet canvas on my handlebars, I realised how happy I was. I’m sure the memory of my time there will always be one of my best.

Over my four week spell, the residency swelled with artists from many backgrounds and disciplines and the love shown by Nicky has been universal and mutual. I am excited by the potential of her vision and the prospect of future collaboration.
 
The residency had a profound impact on me as an artist, and I will always cherish the carefree days I spent at Mas de Pelerins.

Alana Shatkin, USA
Artist in Residence 2019

My time at Mas de Pelerins was truly surreal and transformational. Every morning began with a beautiful breakfast and the company of fellow artists.

During the days I painted in the open studio or en plein air, and when I was in need of a break, I hiked along the winding paths of Eygalières. The landscape was an unending source of inspiration and my work certainly reflected the shift I felt.

All of the residents were at different points in their careers, and as I was probably the newest to the art world, I greatly benefitted from their knowledge, mentorship, and friendship.

In the evenings we took turns preparing gorgeous meals with the fresh and local ingredients Nicky always managed to shop herself. Our dinners were a time to laugh, discuss art, and indulge in French wines.

Nicky made the residency feel like home, and the residents a family.

At the end of my four weeks, I was fortunate to participate in the first exhibition Nicky held in the 12th century Église in Eygalières. The love and effort her and her wonderful assistants, Elli and Radha, put into showcasing all 26 artists work was clear in the attention to detail, and I am proud to have been included.

The residency had a profound impact on me as an artist, and I will always cherish the carefree days I spent at Mas de Pelerins.

 

Louisa Chircop, Australia
Artist in Residence 2018

Never did I think an art residency would resonate so deeply within me. So deeply, in fact, that I didn’t want to leave, because I thought the whole experience was a dream.

With no preconceived idea of what to expect, having been awarded the NG Art Creative Residency, I bid Australia bon voyage and headed to the South of France.

On arrival Nicky Ginsberg embraced me with a hug – as did the entire town (figuratively speaking). The warmth of her hospitality and caring personality echoed as an innate feature on which the philosophy and foundation of the residency seemed to rest upon. Hence, my admiration for Nicky was immediate and grew quickly. The driving force and glue of the residency, she went out of her way to help make me feel comfortable and right at home.

With her spirit permeating to create harmony, wholeness and a sense shared presence, she introduced me to my fellow artist residents who have stayed in my heart ever since.

Her aspired vision for artists is as unique as her support is genuine. ‘Mas de Pelerins’, the amazing 15th Century homestead, provided me with a nourishing haven to lose myself and reassess the vision for my work. Interacting, collaborating, developing and working alongside other international artists was an experience in itself. The opportunity to further engage my work with international audiences and the local community through events and exhibitions was also an invaluable and inspiring new experience.

Nicky’s passion is relentless, serving each artist’s needs through generous personalised mentoring during the residency and beyond.

Furthermore, everything the residency offered from the location, meals, events, studio facilities and accomodation was all breathtakingly beautiful and personal. What’s more, sporadic bursts of banter and laughter throughout the homestead – especially during meal times – warmed hearts and nourished souls.

We lived and breathed in the moment, in a natural state mind, where art and life became one – an essential ingredient to being a creative.

Provence exceeded my wildest, artistic dreams. I’d fallen in love and truly believed I was living in the Van Gogh painting I viewed as a child. All this awe and wonder, encapsulated by shimmering metallic colours and ancient weathered forms, revelling in the glorious magical northern light, simply and completely hypnotised me. The historic Alpilles mountain range, a stoic feature of the surrounding landscape, while protecting the little village of Eygaliéres, exposed me to so much more.

It opened my heart to the of vitality of life and gave me a sense of my own mortality, for this experience I am truly grateful.

We lived and breathed in the moment, in a natural state mind, where art and life became one – an essential ingredient to being a creative.
 
Nicky brings a lifetime of curatorial and commercial experience to bear on both the artists stay and mentoring the artists work in a way that makes the residency a truly professionally enriching time.

Prof. Dr. Lawrence Wallen
Head of School, Design
Faculty of Design, Architecture & Building
University of Technology Sydney 2018

Creative residencies have very different results depending on their location, the colleagues and the plan of the director(s).

The NG Art Creative Residency in the 15th Century homestead, Mas des Pelerins in the South of France, is one that concentrates on the senses, situated in a remarkable location that defies photographic representation. The sky, nature and aromatic experience makes this one of the most sensuous and immersive landscapes that I have yet encountered.

Complementing this beauty is the outstanding hospitality of the centre’s director Nicky Ginsberg who renders the beauty of the region into all aspects of an artists stay at the residency, from the wine and conversation, shopping in the market, cooking for one’s collaborators to working in the studio or walking in the hills.

Nicky brings a lifetime of curatorial and commercial experience to bear on both the artists stay and mentoring the artists work in a way that makes the residency a truly professionally enriching time.

It is a place to lose yourself, as many famous others have done before you, in a location that simultaneously inspires, relaxes and motivates, while propelling your work forward in an almost timeless manner.

 

Yang-en Hume, UK
Artist in Residence 2018

Winning the NG Creative Residency prize provided me with a fantastic opportunity which I would not otherwise have been able to afford. Intensive studio time and walks through the stunning French countryside enabled me to consolidate a body of work in a focused manner.

Of course, the best part of any residency is the community that is formed. The shared living and working spaces of the NG residency facilitate a real sense of collegiality amongst the artists.

Shared studio space, with opportunities to host open studios and artist talks enabled me to connect with a diverse range of international artists and writers.

Sharing feedback and ideas, critiquing each other’s work, and teaching each other new skills helped me to reflect deeply on my work, as well as challenging me and pushing my practice forward. As an artist who usually works alone, this time of collaboration with other artists was a real source of productivity.

Nicky Ginsberg is a generous host whose warm hospitality ensures that no detail goes unattended. It is rare to meet someone whose driving passion in life is to support others – yet Nicky works tirelessly to support emerging artists. She has created a communal space where artists can network and create.

Nicky is attentive and interested in each artist’s work, while also sharing her commercial gallery experience. She has been getting involved in the local arts community and building networks in the area. For artists attending the residency, this means they are able to tap into a pre-existing network of people engaged with the arts. I am excited to see how this residency continues to evolve and develop over time!

Shared studio space, with opportunities to host open studios and artist talks enabled me to connect with a diverse range of international artists and writers.
 
It offered the absolute freedom to throw ourselves into our practice with no impediment, backed up with critical discussion and feedback

Daniel Shaw, Spain
Artist in Residence 2018

I was resident at Mas des Pèlerins in March/April 2018.

It was my first artistic residence, and Nicky set the bar high.

It offered the absolute freedom to throw ourselves into our practice with no impediment, backed up with critical discussion and feedback. Nicky’s passion for art and good living made sure it was a nurturing experience, always ready to offer advice and counsel from her extensive knowledge of the art world and the people in it. This support continues after the residency ended and I feel like I have become one of a kind of ‘brethren’ of the people who have enjoyed her hospitality and friendship.

With her ‘arms-round’ warmth and phenomenal culinary skills, Nicky ensured each dinner time was a joy to look forward to with marvelous local fare lovingly home-cooked, and a coterie of local and international artists and art world people. We debated art, life and friendship with gusto.

And then of course, you have the wonderful landscape, which inspired Van Gogh, Gaugin and Cezanne. Its light and colours which transform radically everyday, provoked even me, who has never painted a thing from nature, to put brush to canvas and interpret the local scenery.

This has been a truly marvelous experience and one whose memory I will treasure forever. I look forward to returning to Mas des Pelerins as soon as I can!

 

Professor Anita Taylor
Dean, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design,
University of Dundee, UK

The exceptional opportunity to undertake this residency will enable artists to explore the inspirational landscape, spaces and history of the Provence region. Saturated in the culture of Southern France alongside fellow creatives enjoying the NG Creative Residency Programme at the stunning Les Mas des Pelerins artists will enjoy the most valuable commodity – time and space to make new work, to reflect and resituate their practice through their response to this stimulating environment.

As Founder and Director of NG Art Gallery in Sydney, and the Chippendale New World Art Prize, Nicky Ginsberg’s passion and drive to support both emerging and established artists is clear. Her warmth, generosity and commitment to facilitating new opportunities and for mentoring artists, emerging and established, and her infectious enthusiasm to maintain a dialogue and discussion about current topics and to engage a wider audience and network are all further supported by the convivial atmosphere and generous hospitality – often accompanied by great food! I look forward to seeing how this next exciting venture selected artists is nurtured and developed in this wonderful and supportive setting.

Nicky Ginsberg’s passion and drive to support both emerging and established artists is clear… her infectious enthusiasm to maintain a dialogue and discussion about current topics and to engage a wider audience and network are all further supported by the convivial atmosphere and generous hospitality – often accompanied by great food!
 
Life and art were fully integrated. I felt in a constant state of searching, seeking, pushing boundaries and inspired.

Nicole Kelly, Australia
Artist in Residence 2017

Life at Mas de Pelerins was a fantasy of long shadows and diffused naples yellow light. Bike rides and wine and little responsibility. Days of painting and evenings feasting on delicious food. Dinners were an indulgence created by Nicky with local produce sourced from the markets. Evenings were caught in heated discussion, often debate, breaking down ideas of good and bad painting, and the broader art world. Life and art were fully integrated. I felt in a constant state of searching, seeking, pushing boundaries and inspired.

Eygalieres quickly became a respite and a home. I have always relied heavily on resetting, the grappling with a new place, and the sense of discomfort in the unknown. There is an intriguing stillness to the landscape of the place, a nurturing quality and a placidity.

The wonderful experience was wrapped around the others I shared my days with. The beautiful, big thinkers who challenged and extended me. Nicky brings great experience, knowledge, dedication and absolute care to the program and to each artist. I continue to receive ongoing and unlimited support and I will be back in residence as soon as my visa allows for it!

 

Susan O’Doherty, Australia
Artist in Residence 2017

I had a great time at NG Art Creative Residency in Eygalieres, France in late 2017.

It was very productive and I really enjoyed the opportunity to work without distraction on painting and drawing. The landscape around Eygalieres is inspiring and we had plenty of time to explore the beautiful countryside and local towns.

Staying in a 500-year-old Pilgrim’s Inn with artist, Nicole Kelly, was a memorable experience. The expansive studio was perfect – opening out onto the yard and adjoining olive groves.

Nicky was a wonderful host and cook and went out of her way to meet all of our needs, present a studio exhibition and to make it a great stay.

The landscape around Eygalieres is inspiring and we had plenty of time to explore the beautiful countryside and local towns.
 
I have watched in awe the changing face of Chippendale as an arts and culture destination and witnessed first hand the passion and commitment she has bestowed on each and everyone of her projects and her artists.

Pat Corrigan
Renowned Australian Art Collector and Arts Philanthropist

I have known Nicky for many years and I am excited about her latest venture, the international multi disciplinary NG Art Creative Residency in Provence. A project such as this is instrumental in supporting the careers of emerging and established creative practitioners. A residency entirely focussed on mentorship and support is a most valuable and relevant experience.

As a collector of Australian Contemporary Art I have frequented Nicky’s galleries and have purchased the work of a number of artists whose works are now held in major collections in Australia and overseas including my personal collection.

As President of the Chippendale Creative Precinct, Nicky invited me to judge the Chippendale New World Art Prize 2016 alongside artist Janet Laurence and AGNSW’s head curator Wayne Tunnicliff & Dr Stanley Quek. The winning artists were awarded a residency in Assisi, Italy. Nicky visited last July when in Europe and returned brimming with enthusiasm, and it was at this time she decided to change course and open up a similar creative residency in Provence.

I also had the pleasure of working with Nicky as her co curator on the exhibition Seven Deadly Sins in which we invited 40 artists to show their work in the Old Rum Store in Chippendale, Sydney. This exhibition was very well received and the curatorial criteria was most inspiring with artists responding with great passion to the challenge.

Nicky’s creative vision, energy, and drive is an absolute testament to her. I have watched in awe the changing face of Chippendale as an arts and culture destination and witnessed first hand the passion and commitment she has bestowed on each and everyone of her projects and her artists. Her love of the arts is the driving force behind her tenacity. I wish her well with this latest venture.