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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.

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’

Stavros Pavlides

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Plus d’une trentaine de personnes se sont rassemblées mercredi 1er avril, dans la salle du conseil de la mairie. À l’appel d’une association fraîchement constituée, ArtHouse Caylus, les possibles se sont affirmés autour d’un projet volontairement ouvert : les adhérents proposent et disposent d’un jardin. Pour cultiver dans tous les sens du terme car si des parcelles individuelles de potagers sont possibles, l’art et la culture trouveront place dans ce lieu.

Le partage de l’espace, comme son usage, sera le choix des adhérents, et rien n’en est exclu a priori.

Depuis le jardin d’agrément, la parcelle alimentaire, le jardin travaillé en équipe ou la mise en commun d’équipements pour travailler la sienne propre, le groupe initial est ouvert à tout pourvu que la convivialité, la bonne humeur, le partage et la solidarité s’expriment.

«Si on s’y met, on trouvera des solutions. On sait que les problèmes ne manqueront pas, mais ce n’est pas une raison pour ne pas essayer…»

Premier rendez-vous le 12 avril

Dans son exposé explicatif, Marc, avec un léger accent anglais et enthousiaste, montre les photos réalisées par John McNorton. Les biquettes qui ont commencé le travail de défrichage, il les a devant les yeux de son atelier-école Draw International, rue du Château. L’espace du Jardin du paradis est une esplanade au même niveau mais du côté cirque. Et d’ailleurs, le point de vue de la vieille tour depuis cet observatoire l’a certainement inspiré pour recevoir des artistes en résidence qui auront un beau panorama à dessiner quand ils auront donné quelques coups de bêche !

La conclusion de l’exposé en images parlait toute seule : un parterre fleuri peint par Claude Monet. Les petites touches individuelles participent, par le biais de l’impressionnisme, à un tableau magique qui a fait se soulever des Oh ! admiratifs et des sourires complices.

Le premier grand rendez-vous de tous les bénévoles tentés par cette expérience collective aura lieu le dimanche 12 avril à 14 h 30. Le point de ralliement est l’ancienne gendarmerie. On peut trouver et laisser des bulletins d’adhésion à l’association, à la mairie.

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Artist in Residence – DRAWinternational May 2014


A.I.R. DRAWinternational – JULIE PAYNE (AUS) October 2012
http://www.juliepayne.com.au

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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.

Robert Luzar.

http://www.robertluzar.com

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.