Monday, September 22, 2014

Artists and Artisans On Show This Week

The results of the AiR Artisan month long artists' residencies come to fruition this week. On Tuesday a round table discussion about artisanship will be held in Fez, while on Friday and Saturday, ten international female artists will have their work on show in Sefrou

Artwork by Australian artist Camilla Hall
During September, the AiR Artisan project, initiated by Jess Stephen's Culture Vultures, saw ten female artists from Spain to Japan take up residencies to develop their artistic work. The program they pursued involved academic presentations, art workshops, regional visits and introductions to a wide network of crafts people.

The artists were encouraged to immerse themselves in the community, and offered the opportunity to create work in the medina of Sefrou. On Friday September 26, from 3 - 6 pm, and on Saturday September 27 from 11 - 6 pm, their studios will be open to the public, who can explore what they have created.

Australian interior designer Camilla Hall says she has gained a lot from the residency, and finds Morocco fascinating. "It’s an ever changing and evolving pattern, constructed with complex diversity. This ‘geometry’ of life, here in Morocco, is subtly evolving.’

The round table discussion on Tuesday from 5 pm, on present and future artisanship in Fez, will be led by the son of a craftsman, Hamza El Fasiki. He will facilitate thoughts and perspectives from artisans and their supporters.

What: AiR Artisan Open Studios
When: Fri September 26 (3 - 6 pm) & Sat Sept 27 (11 - 6pm)
Where: Sefrou Medina

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