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Crossing Borders and Boundaries, Defining Our Edges – Tana Kellner
June 18, 2018 - June 28, 2018| $3475
June 18 – 28
Tuition and private room: $3,475
Tuition and shared room: $3,200
Class limit: 10
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We have now had two wonderful workshop experiences in Scotland. In 2013, we nestled into a remote, working lighthouse on the spectacular west coast and in 2017, we spent a week at the world-famous Findhorn Foundation, which was the inspiration for the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. In addition to the Moray Firth being a lovely location, the studios and accommodations at Findhorn were exceptional, and last year’s participants said they would love to return. We are happy to oblige by offering a longer workshop in 2018!
The Moray Arts Centre (MAC) was custom-designed to anticipate artists’ needs and provides studios that are flooded with natural light, open directly to the outdoors, and give participants plenty of room spread out. There is also a climate-controlled art gallery with ongoing and wide-ranging exhibitions, which should be hosting a show by Scottish Printmakers while we are there.
The workshop will run from 9am to 4pm each day and lunch will be served in the MAC lounge adjacent to the studio. All meals will be provided: breakfast will be self-catered in participants’ housing and lunch and dinner will be prepared and served by Susan Fateh (who received two thumbs up for her cooking years back at Rua Reidh!). As long as we know well in advance, we can accommodate any dietary requirements or allergies. In addition to onsite activities, we’ll go into Findhorn fishing village one evening for dinner at a local inn and plan a half-day trip to see fascinating local sights – details to come once we’re closer to the workshop!
Accommodations are charming guesthouses just a few minutes’ walk from the studio. We encourage participants to explore the Findhorn Foundation, which has a wide array of architectural styles, an excellent cafe, a shop, and a concert hall. In the evenings, one can easily take a lovely 20 minute walk into the Village of Findhorn for a stop at one of the fabulous pubs, and relax watching the long slow sunset over the Moray Firth. We will be in Scotland for the summer solstice, when the days are long and luxuriously drawn out. The 10pm sunset’s afterglow keeps it light enough to walk home until the wee hours.
Travel-wise, there will be two pick-up points: Inverness Train Station and Inverness Airport. Everyone will arrange their own transportation to whichever location suits them best and we will provide a window of pick-up times. Participants should plan to arrive on June 18th and depart on the 28th. The class itself will run June 19th through the 27th, which is nine full days of studio time. It may be possible to book extra nights in Findhorn’s accommodations, but this will be at participants’ own cost.
Join WSW’s founding Artistic Director Tatana Kellner, for nine days of intensive and inspiring experience in the studio. Taking a cue from our location, we’ll examine how self-imposed boundaries in different contexts shape us as individuals and how that defines, inspires, and limits our work. We’ll consciously try to break these constraints as we create new work in response to our immediate environment. Our inspiration will be both the natural and the social world. Through a series of guided exercises, we’ll examine the paths we take as artists navigating the contemporary world and chart new ways of looking and working. Sample exercises might include exploring roads traveled, journeys taken, places lived, and the interactions we participate in, as we interact with different communities.
Tatana Kellner, WSW’s founding Artistic Director, has been printing, assembling images, and making artists’ books for over 35 years. Tatana’s work has been featured in over 25 solo exhibitions, most recently at the Garrison Art Center, Kentler International drawing Space, the Everson Art Museum, the Samuel Dorsky Musuem of Art in New Paltz, and SUNY Albany. Tatana is the recipient of a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, a Puffin Foundation Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts, and Ruth Chenven Foundation Grant. She has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Banff Centre of the Arts, Visual Studies Workshop, Saltonstall Art Colony, Millay Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Artpark, Blue Mountain Center, Jentel, Foundacion Valpariso, Hessisches Landes Museum in Darmstadt Germany, Ragdale, Weir Farm and most recently at the Ucross Foundation.