Testimonials


It is wonderful to see the development of Nicky’s creative residency in Provence where artists can go to be refreshed and inspired.

Clover Moore
Lord Mayor of Sydney

I congratulate Nicky Ginsberg on the establishment of her latest business venture, the NG Art Creative Residency.

In her previous business, NG Art Gallery & Kensington Contemporary, Nicky firmly established herself as a local business woman who has strong interest in supporting the arts and the local businesses of the Chippendale Precinct in Sydney Australia.

As president of the Chippendale Creative Precinct (CCP), Nicky has strengthened her reputation and commitment to promoting the local area through the production and presentation of the BEAMS Arts Festival from 2012 to 2017 and the Chippendale New World Art Price starting in 2013.

These initiatives have provided a fantastic forum for local artists, musicians and businesses to showcase their talents to new audiences and realise their creative and business potential.

It is wonderful to see the development of Nicky’s creative residency in Provence where artists can go to be refreshed and inspired. I wish Nicky well with her new project.

 

Nicole Kelly
Artist

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!

Life and art were fully integrated. I felt in a constant state of searching, seeking, pushing boundaries and inspired.
 
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

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
Artist

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
Artist

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
Executive Dean, Bath School of Art and Design,
Bath Spa University, United Kingdom

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! I
 
The landscape around Eygalieres is inspiring and we had plenty of time to explore the beautiful countryside and local towns.

Susan O’Doherty
Artist

I had a great time at NGArt 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.

 

Bec Paton
Artist

I will always cherish my time as artist in residence at NG Creative Artist Residency in Provence. The offering is truly unique and multi-faceted. As a creative, there are continual opportunities to generate work in the well appointed studio or incredible environs, whilst being supported by other creatives, as well as the considered and highly valuable mentoring of Nicky Ginsberg.

Culturally, the area is flourishing with amazing experiences and people, and the food is to die for! Our meals at Mas des Pelerins were no exception and were an adventure within themselves. Nicky would bring to life the culture of the area through her daily market expeditions, sharing these stories and the seasonal ingredients at our table in a delicious cacophony.

Most valuable was the nurturing environment from Nicky, the other artists, Nicole Kelly and Susan O’Doherty, assistant, Sam Hebron and visitors to the house. The conversations were deep and thought provoking and every kindness was shown to me. I have made friendships that will no doubt last a lifetime.

I cannot speak highly enough of my experience a NG Creative Residency and am more than keen to return and evolve my work there again, as well as be truly nourished, mind, body and soul.

The conversations were deep and thought provoking and every kindness was shown to me. I have made friendships that will no doubt last a lifetime.
 
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.