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Prof. Dr. Lawrence Wallen
Head of School, Design
Faculty of Design, Architecture & Building
University of Technology Sydney
Arriving in Chippendale in 2009 from Europe to take up the position as Head of the School of Design at UTS the question arose where does one go in a precinct dominated by an abandoned brewery. Nicky Ginsberg’s Mission Restaurant & Bar followed by the Chip off the Old Block, and her NG Art Gallery upstairs provided an immediate answer to that question. Over the past years Chippendale has become Sydney’s go-to cosmopolitan, vibrant hub of Galleries, restaurants and cultural life driven by Nicky’s founding vision of a new world Chelsea.
During this period of transformation I have had the pleasure to be personally involved in inhabiting her many Gallery spaces including the Carlton Project Space and Kensington Contemporary, the incredible Beams Art Festival and the Chippendale New World Art Prize, now rebranded to the Chippendale World Art Residency.
The dialogue around the importance of engaging in the cultural life in the precinct dominated all our conversations and lead to the Design School becoming an active agent in forming the dense cultural tapestry that the precinct has become.
Nicky is a phenomenal talented curator that has influenced the creative direction of many artists and the cultural success of an entire precinct.
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.
Nicole Kelly – Artist
I am thrilled and honoured to spend an extended period of time in Provence alongside Nicky in the NG Artist Residency Programme. Nicky represented my work in Sydney between 2015 and 2017 and has great knowledge and understating of my painting practise.
As a seeker of residency programmes, a foreign landscape is a way for me to see in a new way and a way to refresh the way I build up a painting, challenging and pushing my visual language. I find a new landscape, allows me to draw upon my own landscape much more clearly, instigating a search for great differences and similarities to establish a sense of place.
Provence is a particularly stunning part of France. I intend to work predominately plein air and I feel this overwhelming physical beauty will be an exciting challenge. There is a rich painting history in the region to engage with and trace the steps of the some of modern masters.
To be surrounded by other artists, friends mentors and peers, each deeply engaged in their medium within a residency programme is inspiring, driving and creates a unique conversation and way of thinking. I look forward to meeting other local and global artists and the conversations that arise.
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.
Nick Stathopoulos – Artist
There is no one more passionate, dedicated, and art savvy than Nicky Ginsberg. On a personal level, she’s singularly responsible for putting me on the contemporary fine-art map in Australia with my exposure through her gallery, NG Art. Her encouragement and support fostered a loyal and trusting creative partnership, not just with me, but with every artist she has ever worked with. But Nicky also works on a broader canvas: I’ve seen her transform decaying inner-city no-go zones into vibrant, dynamic, go-to art and culture precincts – she’s a force to be reckoned with!