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2011 Bohemian Workshops EU

October 1 – 8, 2011

18 participants came together from the far corners of Europe:  Norway, Turkey, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Spain. 







The group arrived in Prague and got to know each other during a feast of traditional Czech cuisine. 

Following the meal, reknowned publisher & art critic Jana Tichá, gave the group an introduction to Czech artchitecture.  This took place outside the famous, Tančící Dům (The Dancing House) on the embankment of the Vltava River.




The next day, ArtMill Director Barbara Benish led the group on a special walking tour of Prague




Along the route, participants were introduced to the complex history of Prague, The Czech Republic and Central Europe, the Velvet Revolution as well as the post-1989 re-emergence of the arts in this part of the world.



Highlights of the tour included Karlovo Namesti, (home of the famous Faust House), Palác Lucerna (owned by the family of Vaclav Havel and location of Czech artist David Černý’s infamous sculpture of  St. Wenceslas Riding A Dead Horse), Václavské Náměstí, (site of the Velvet Revolution), The Czech Cubist Museum, Staroměstké Náměstí (Old Town Square, one of the oldest places in the city) and the famous Art Wall along the north bank of the Vltava.



A site visit to Veletržní Palác (Prague’s National Gallery) brought the participants a better understanding of contemporary Czech art.



The focal point of the day, however, was a visit to Ivan Kafka’s studio in Holesovice.  Kafka, who represented Czechoslovakia at the Venice Biennale (before the two countries split) has exhibited internationally for over 2 decades.



The group traveled together to ArtMill, 120km south of Prague in the South Bohemian countryside near the town of Horažd'ovice...



where they met the animals who live at ArtMill, spent time in the gardens and got to know the facilities and the beautiful landscape.




Each of the participants presented his/her creative works to the group.




For several days they took part in workshops and private consultations with leading Czech and international artists & professionals.





A workshop highighting the diverse and unexpected intersections of art and sustainability was led by Martin Zet, Head of the Video Atelier at FAVU (Faculty of Fine Arts, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic).





A  'Drawing Without Seeing' Workshop was conducted by Jana Prechová, accomplished scenographer and member of the Theatre Faculty at JAMU ( Janáčkova Akademie Múzických Umění, Brno, Czech Republic).



Participants were encouraged to spend time in the darkroom with pinhole photography workshops by   Javier Orcaray, Director of La Fragua / The Forge Residency, in Belalcázar, Spain.



Anders Grønlien, an independent artist from Norway, led a workshop that incorporated aspects of observation, language and performance.



Everyone was re-energized with delicious lunch served every day at the Mill.



And there was even time in the schedule to harvest potatoes!



Participants collaborated on a variety of creative projects at ArtMill that included:



The Hand of Mother Nature, a metal sculpture designed by Miguel Angel Valverde from Granada, Spain,

Portrait Photography in the Landscape, shown here by Aysegul Dost from Istanbul, Turkey,


and a Handmade Book of ArtMill-inspired imagery, arranged by Irem Cagil and Anil Ilgaz from Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey. 


Contributions to the book were created by all Bohemian Workshop participants and the finished piece was later exhibited at Galerie Califia in Horažd'ovice.





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