View from the garden in the spring
The idea behind Art House Caylus was to create a community garden. A place where people could grow and share their own produce. An aide to those on lower incomes, a chance to share knowledge and expertise. With the work being shared amongst those involved, with everyone getting something for their time.
Top half of the garden with the goats
The lower half of the garden as it looks in Sept 2016
In theory, it is simple. An exchange of time for goods. However, the original state of the garden made the practice a little more difficult. Rocks were moved, plants and trees cleared, and with time things progressed. From the start, the intent was to do things as ecologically as possible. Any rubble will be reincorporated into the garden, as much use as possible will be made of the existing features and plants. For this purpose, goats were used to clear the scrub and weeds that had grown up over the years of disuse.
For the garden itself, the plan is to grow as much sustainable fruit and veg as possible. Things that only need to be planted once, and re-flower and regrown year in year out, therefore getting maximum yield for minimum work. Already in the garden, there are several forms of fruit trees, which once tended, will flourish even more. Alongside this, there would naturally be a herb garden, for no practical garden would be complete without them. In addition to plants with culinary purposes, those with medicinal ones would also be incorporated.
This is a project which needs the help and support of the community. Whether in the form of time and physical assistance or expertise on anything from plants to construction. Any support would be more than welcome.
Stavros Pavlides is currently artist in residence at DRAWinternational, Caylus. France
Stavros has just completed a two month residency at the Kuono Trust, Kenya.
The Kuona Trust commissioned this video to document his residency in Kenya. It was filmed by Mandela Samuel and Isaac Mulli, edited by Mandela Samuel.
‘This video is far better than anything i could have put together myself and very elegantly captures my experiences in Kenya’
A.I.R. DRAWinternational – JULIE PAYNE (AUS) October 2012
What happens to a drawing when more traceless forms, such as the physical body and a notational kind of ‘point’, so to say, take place?
Though many, the qualities of places within Caylus echo throughout the works I am exploring at DRAWinternational, during March 2015.
The works are actions mainly. They explore qualities of plaster-clad rooms, stoney impasses and street notations (dots, dashes and sequences).
Tape, lights, magnets, tracing paper, and electrical cables are some of the materials engaged through bodily weight and spatial lightness, shade and punctuation.
Such qualities – rather than the places themselves – draw upon, approach and briefly display, ‘the point’ as a conceptually inventive yet paradoxical – and in some ways immaterially impossible – trace.
At last with the ‘know how’ from Agita Steinberga, our ERASMUS intern, the film is now on the blog.
This is now encouraging and perhaps more short films of artist’s activities and other events will flourish.