Art Ponds: a passionate team of art in nature – and art in general, but accessible to all – lovers of water and forest landscapes, in hidden spaces that reveal imagination and talents.
Art ponds remain a path to contemplation and respect for the environment.Our association is located in the heart of Brocéliande, created in 2004 and managed in association law 1901, of general interest non-profit it is composed of professional artists and volunteers who work for the promotion of an environmental art on the mainly for water and for creation and dissemination on a territorial scale. The association works with local professional artists or from the Brittany Region and for the biennale it invites International artists. Art ponds also leads artistic education actions accessible to all.We organize the Biennale Art Ponds every two years and we propose actions throughout the year supported by our partners .
The Geumgang Nature Art Biennale, an international festival for nature artists and a wonderful stage for their communication, has announced its 9th exhibition. The 2020 Nature Art Biennale has chosen as its theme ‘Neomixed Era with Neobalanced Encounter.’ The public at large will be encouraged to appreciate Nature Art within a new framework and to appreciate the various participating artists’ interprets of Nature Art from a new perspective. We hope that this theme will generate various new ideas and artistic interpretations.
We wish to share our excitement with all the interested nature artists over the world and are hoping for their active participation by sending their nature art proposals dealing with and interpreting the 2020 Biennale theme: “Neomixed Era with Neobalanced Encounter”.
With kind regards,
Committee Chairman Ko Seung-hyun
Artistic Director Lim Soo-mi:
■ How to Apply (please check the web link below for the full details)
– Send the requirements by both post and email
– Postal Address: Geumgang Nature Art Biennale
(32530) 98 Yeonmisangogae-gil, Useong-myeon, Gongju-si, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea
As my work is progressing in new art in nature directions with specially composed music, it is a while since I attended any symposia but have, over the last 30 years have taken part in many in many different countries
Hülsenbecker Tal, Ennepetal – Germany. 2015, A Project Revisit after 10 years Organisation: KUNSTRAUM EN e.V., Ennepetal – Germany
By Maria Bemelmans, AiNIN member from the Netherlands
This is a valley, a preserved nature area, in game preserves, aviaries and ponds numerous animals can be observed. This recreational area has a forest, streamlet and meadows. In summertime Ennepetaler choirs, orchestras and bands give samples of their skills in concert series in the music pavilion. In 2005 a site-specific/art-in-nature project took place in this valley. This event was repeated in 2015 with most of the artists of the 2005-event. Interesting for the visitor of this 2015 planned project is to follow the development of the artists in the last 10 years, which is made possible by the presentation of panels with photos of the previously manufactured objects.
The 20 artists were juried
by a board of trustees consisting of members of various institutes and
organizations. The artists originated from local townships, Belgium, the
Netherlands and from Norway.
The works, never shown
in any way before, should be made as local as possible and should be weather-resistant,
environmentally friendly and dimensioned so that they may appear and stay
visible in the proliferating nature. The works must not pose any danger to the
public and must be designed in such a way that their implementation complies
with the requirements of the participating authorities (for example,
Umweltambt, Bauordningsambt, Untere Wasserbehörde). The plots for each proposed
project were designated by the trustees. The works of Nature Art EN 2015 are
differentiated in a different way with nature and the human relationship to
nature. In the Nature Art EN the landscape is more than just subject or even
scenery. Nature and landscape are integral parts of art itself. Artists still
strive for a new synthesis and point to a new awareness of nature. The
relationships of our bodies and our sensory and intellectual perception to the
natural and our often contradictory action are simultaneously an inspiration
and a driving force for many artists.
The time for creation
in-sito was one week with sleepover at home of local artists and joined free
hot meals in local restaurants. This was followed by opening festivities with
live music and a speech from the major of Ennepetal and the president of
Kunstraum EN e.V. Till the end of the Nature Art EN ten years later guided
tours were given by the local artists. The artist’s fee was € 100 for travel
expenses and 5 catalogues for free. Site specific materials were used and some
were prefabricated in the artist’s studio. The overall organization was good,
helpful and friendly. Use of utilities, such as ladders, wheelbarrows, shovels,
etc was made possible. There were some volunteers giving a helping hand. There
were many visitors during the nature art construction week, some returned every
day to get a feel of the process. Also in the following weeks there were lots
of visitors and good press reviews. At the end was a finissage with music,
snacks and drinks.
Many surprising new
installations were created, new work relations developed. Discussions, new
friendships, new ideas, new network, collaborations, everything is connected
with each other.
At the moment various institutes are discussing about the future of the event and it is not yet clear whether this project will be given the same content in connection with the tightened nature conservation rules. If a new event will be organized in future, it would be maybe possible to announce this to Ainin.
Expo Beaux Lieux – Renaissance 2019, LES PRAIRIES DU ROY – Espace Naturel Sensible entre Loches et Beaulieu.
Review by Michael Rofka, AiNIN member from Germany
Anna Rofka (my wife) and I attended this international exhibition with 8 European artists. We were provided with both food and accommodation and stayed with the Mayor who is member of the organisation Beaux Lieux. We were awarded a fee and our expenses for materials and travel were covered. The organisers were very helpful and supportive and supplied the materials. We were able to make part of our work in a carpentry workshop and received some help too. I would recommend this symposium to other AiNIN artists, it’s a very beautiful place, the payment was in 5 parts and a little delayed.
Review by Janet Botes, organised by member Leli Hoch
The Tankwa Artscape residency is in the Tankwa Karoo in the Northern Cape of South Africa. It’s a semi-desert area with unique rocks, hardy shrubs and dry riverbeds. An ancient landscape in which antelope, wildebeest, lions and zebra have roamed for hundreds of thousands of years. The land on which the residency is held is also the site for the annual Afrika Burn festival – the local equivalent for the well-known Burning Man.
We were a mix of local and international artists, as well as photographers. We are sculptors, land artists, performance artists, mixed media artists. The international artists are from France (but living in Australia) and the Netherlands, while the local artists were a great combination of young emerging artists and established artists, including Kim Goodwin who owns the Goodwin Foundry.
The Tankwa Artscape is a residency in a tented camp where each artist gets a tent, vegetarian food daily, and the space and freedom to follow their unique process and progress. Transport was arranged to different sites for sunrise walks and sunset experiences on the hill.
Artists had to arrange their own transport to and from the residency, although there was a shuttle from and to Cape Town. Materials were mostly sourced onsite, especially since the theme for 2019 was ‘land art’, but artists are welcome to bring materials and artworks.
The organisers, most of them artists in their own right, were incredibly supportive and helpful. One of the owners of the land were instrumental to the residency – he held, supported and encouraged everyone (while also providing some comic relief!). Each night we held circle to share reflections and experiences from the day, sharing our progress with our art, and any challenges that we are facing.
Some of us (me included) used only what we could find on-site, but there’s a ‘scrap-yard’ of materials from the Afrika Burn festival which are available for artists, as well as a workshop space for creating sculptural pieces.
Artists could request assistance, and while there was a dedicated volunteer (who also did some of the cooking) we all aimed to help and support each other as artist community.
I would recommend this symposium to other AiNIN artists.
The accommodation and food – while some might consider it very basic – is one of the things that are most powerful about this residency, as it connects you to your own materiality and connects you to the elements in a real and honest way. We can’t expect ourselves to express an authentic response to the land if we don’t feel some discomfort, see the stars at night, feel the sun and wind – not only on our skin when we choose to be outside, but also have sand in your tent, go out in the cold to reach the bathroom, have a cold shower… It connects you to your own being. In your own body.
For the last days of the residency visitors were invited to join the experience, which included a gallery owner and senior lecturer in Fine Art, which resulted in incredible conversations and insights. This is a BIG plus point to this residency and very valuable.
The inclusion and participation of photographers to documents the – often ephemeral – artworks was an excellent part of this residency.
INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM: ART – NATURE Gabrovtsi 2019 Gabrovtsi Village, Veliko Tarnovo region in BULGARIA
Review by Kuei-Chih Lee, AiNIN members from Taiwan
This is a very beautiful place, especially for a land-art artist. The base located in the old school and nearby the forest and river.
The project “ART – NATURE Gabrovtsi 2019”, unites artists working in the field of visual arts – professional sculptors, painters and photographers, active on the international artistic stage and interested in the contemporary development of visual art trends like art-in-nature and site-specific art. Except local artists, there are many artists from different countries. There were more than 10 artists joined this event this year.
It’s an “INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM” program and also a residency event, artists live in the old school, which is in the natural environment, the food provided is excellent and delicious.
Although they cannot cover traveling expenses outside Bulgaria to artists, but they can offer Invitation letters to selected artists that could help to get funding with other entities.
This event is organised by “DUPPINI ART GROUP” in Bulgaria and they are a friendly and an organised group. Also they have volunteers who could help artists create artworks, borrow the tools, buy the materials.. etc, and they are very helpful and kind. They are not only helpers but can become your good friends as well. The landscape is diverse and excellent to create large works and some spaces indoor for exhibition. Most of the artists use the site materials, recycled and natural materials from the surrounding which makes sense fit the theme “ART – NATURE Gabrovtsi 2019”.
It’s my pleasure to recommend this project to you.
Call for candidates: A Residency in Normandie in a giant greenhouse, en français seulement. Located in the heart of Normandy, Usine Utopik is a place of creation and dissemination. Each year, French and foreign artists are welcomed in residence to carry out a personal project with a view on the territory.
L’andart Andorra 2019 3rd International Biennial of Andorra 14 June -14 September 2019
This exhibition was staged up in the beautiful forested area surrounding the man-made Engolasters Lake located up in the snow caped mountains above Andorra La Vella. The land, owned by Forces Elèctriques d’Andorra, offered a variety of sites for both interior and exterior projects. There were a number of disused industrial stone buildings in varying conditions. My work occupied the Foundry Kitchen, a dimly lit room with a burnt crusted lining to the walls from years of wood fires burning in the large open fireplace and a rough cracked mud floor, it was perfect for my project. Many works were located within or suspended from the surrounding trees and we had 2 weeks to set up our projects with great support from the organisers. They sourced some materials/furniture for me and there was a crane/cherry picker available for installs. Accommodation was offered at a reduced rate at a local hotel and various fees for each artist depending on the scale of each project & distance travelled. Funding came from the government and local sponsors.
The theme to the exhibition was the Japanese practice of ‘shinrin-yoku’ or ‘forest bathing’, some of us had interpreted and explored this theme through our installations, but many works seemed unrelated to their site or theme and added a sense of confusion and over crowding to some areas of the exhibition. There were some outstanding works within the exhibition that held the show together.
I really enjoyed my time up in the mountains each day making my work, travelling up on the morning bus, but this project was not a residency so the evenings were ones own time.