La Napoule Art Foundation nurtures artistic talent & cultural exchange through Residencies & Community Engagement. France | U.S.
La Napoule Art Foundation nurtures artistic talent & cultural exchange through Residencies & Community Engagement. France | U.S.
Cette semaine nous vous emmenons dans l'atelier d'Henry Clews pour découvrir ses portraits, tantôt intimes, tantôt formels, moqueurs ou caricaturaux...Le visage humain, un sujet qui n'a jamais cessé d'inspirer Henry Clews. Pour commencer voici le seul autoportrait sculpté d'Henry Clews et deux versions du buste de Marie. Let's join for a discovery of Henry Clews' art of portrait. Human face has been for Henry Clews a endless source of inspiration. Today we are showing the only sculpted self portrait of Henry Clews and two versions of Marie's bust. #lnaf #chateaudelanapoule #musee #museum #museumathome #henryclews #mandelieulanapoule #portrait #belleepoque #henryclews #marieclews
La Napoule Art Foundation stands firmly in opposition to systemic racism, joins in the global call for equity and justice, and supports the urgent need for change. In ongoing inspiration from our founder, Marie Clews, La Napoule Art Foundation will always strive to support artists in their efforts to express the joy and pain of the world. Our mission is to foster the creative process as a catalyst to advance intercultural understanding. Through school programs that allow our youngest citizens to find–often for the first time–the balance of the human mind through the act of creating, and through artist residencies that provide artists the time, space, and resources to create, our small but mighty staff is continuing our work to promote creative self-expression through art for all. We are not perfect, but we are committed to growth and change. As individuals, we too are reminded of our obligation to educate ourselves in anti-racist practices, and to listen and learn as we find our role in confronting oppression. Michael McNeill, CEO La Napoule Art Foundation michael @lnaf .org
Keep watching as throughout 2020 we will be sharing the brilliance of Prix Henry Clews recipient, Ana María Hernando, as she continues to awaken the feminine at the Château de La Napoule. Despite any obstacles, Ana perseveres with her colorful, exuberant work reminding us that, no matter what difficulties we face, still, we have Flowers. “Flood”, Ana María Hernando, tulle installation, Château de La Napoule, 2020 Photo credit: Rachel Berkowitz www.anamariahernando.com www.robischongallery.com www.sharksink.com
For years, multi-media artist, Ana María Hernando has made visible her connection and deep regard for textiles and women’s traditional craft and community through her installations made of textiles, including mountains made of petticoats and 25 feet-high sculptures made of bright, colorful tulle. At a time when it seems listening is more vital than ever, Ana has created new work making birdsong visible. Originally, Ana had planned to invite visitors to walk up the Mountain of San Peyre, behind the Château, and sit and listen to birdsong as participants embroidered what they heard. Then, each piece of embroidery, created by individuals listening to the birds of San Peyre, would have been stitched together to create a large installation, “Pájaros, para la Nusta/Birds for the Nusta”, a dress for the feminine spirit of San Peyre. As times changed, and there could be no visitors to the Château, Ana devised a new way to create this sculpture by inviting people from all over the world to listen to birdsong, record what they heard and then email their recordings to Ana. From across the world, from back gardens, atop mountainsides, from kitchen windows in cities, Ana is receiving recordings of birdsong. Ana listens to each recording, and often the story from each person as to how they felt while listening to the birds, and Ana embroiders what she hears. Listening and making visible and colorful what we often overlook, the talented Ana María Hernando is inspiring hundreds of people around the world to share their stories. Ana María Hernando is connecting us. Making our own birdsongs visible. You are invited to send your recording of birdsong to Ana. Email ahernando8 @gmail .com « Écoutons » in progress, Ana María Hernando, 2020 www.anamariahernando.com www.sharksink.com www.robischongallery.com
“A Visit from the Mountain” Ana María Hernando, Performative installation at the Château de La Napoule, 2020 Photo credit: Rachel Berkowitz www.anamariahernando.com www.robischongallery.com www.sharksink.com
Ana María Hernando, the first female winner of the Prix Henry Clews, arrived at the Château in January for her year-long residency with plans to awaken the feminine spirit with many large, colorful installations in the Château, Villa Marguerite, and gardens in time for the thousands of visitors from around the world who normally come to the Château over the summer months. By March, Ana realized she would need to pivot when the pandemic shut down, not just the Château de la Napoule, but the world. Taking advantage of the light and quiet in the Château, Ana still awakened the feminine spirit with her tulle installations. “Sin el peso de estar despiertos” (Without the Weight of Being Awake ), Ana María Hernando, tulle installation, Château de La Napoule, 2020 Photo credit: Rachel Berkowitz www.anamariahernando.com www.robischongallery.com www.sharksink.com
C'est avec un grand plaisir que nous vous annonçons la réouverture du Château de La Napoule le samedi 6 juin prochain à 10h. Dans un premier temps, seuls les jardins seront ouverts au public de 10h à 18h. Venez profitez de la verdure et la fraîcheur de notre Jardin Remarquable, de la chasse au trésor pour les enfants, du film qui relate l'histoire du Château. Le tarif d'entrée est de 4€ Nous espérons vous accueillir nombreux!! Nous attendons la 3ème phase de déconfinement en espérant être en mesure de pouvoir reprendre les visites guidées et ouvrir le restaurant. Avec Ana Maria Hernando, Prix Henry Clews 2020, installation "Rise", 2020 #chateaudelanapoule #mandelieulanapoule #lanapoule #lanapouleartfoundation #lnaf #henryclews #onceuponatime #jardins #parc #chasseautresor #treasurehunt #enfants #famille #parents #réouverture #déconfinement #cotedazur #otmandelieu #frenchriviera #jardinsremarquables
The Prix Henry Clews is awarded every other year to an outstanding sculptor who has demonstrated significant achievement in her/his/their field. Ana María Hernando, the first female Prix Henry Clews recipient, is living and creating in the Noele Clews studio at the Château de La Napoule for the entire year of 2020. As the Château was forced to shut its doors, for the first time since World War II, Ana brought her work outside the Château gates and brought inspiration and beauty to the world. “Rise”, Ana María Hernando, Tulle, wire,wood, 2020 www.anamariahernando.com www.robischongallery.com www.sharksink.com www.abarkproductions.com
Learn more about the incredible Ana Maria Hernando, the 2020 Henry Clews recipient, by watching the 2018 documentary, “Undomesticated” by filmmaker, Amie Knox. “Undomesticated” illustrates the beauty and brilliance of Ana and her work and explains how this multi-media artist connects cloistered nuns in Buenos Aires to Andean villagers to art collectors, galleries, and museums across the United States. www.vimeo.com/270202149 Password=Flowers www.abarkproductions.com www.anamariahernando.com www.robischongallery.com www.sharksink.com
As we all have been facing unforeseen changes and challenges over the last several months, we have highlighted La Napoule Artists’ work hoping that the creativity would bring you light and inspiration. We called this series of posts and emails, “Flowers” because we are inspired by 2020 Prix Henry Clews winner, Ana Maria Hernando. Ana has long captured the color, beauty, and generosity of flowers through her work - paintings, installations, and poems. Follow us this week to see how Ana has awakened the spirit of the feminine at the Château de la Napoule, reminding us that flowers are beautiful and strong. “Tenemos flores” (We Have Flowers ) detail, Ana Maria Hernando, 2016, Pins, thread, organza, silk, cotton, embroidered by the Carmelite Cloistered nuns of the Monastery of Santa Teresa de Jesus in Buenos Aires and their families. www.anamariahernando.com, www.robischongallery.com, www.sharksink.com
Together we can do extraordinary things. #GivingTuesdayNow Join the global Giving Tuesday movement. Any contribution you make today will help us continue to bring art and inspiration to underserved children. www.LNAF.org/donate
Together we can do extraordinary things. Tomorrow, May 5th, La Napoule is participating in #GivingTuesdayNow , a global day of unity and giving. Join us, give what you can and help us continue to bring art and inspiration to underserved children. www.LNAF.org/donate
“Sea Level” by acclaimed novelist, filmmaker, social scientist, and La Napoule, spring 2020, artist-in-residence, Roger King. Although, because of the global pandemic, King was unable to remain at the Château for his month-long residency, he said he loved his short stay. “I arrived in poor health and by the time I left, La Napoule‘s sea and nurture had entirely restored me.” We hope our series highlighting spring 2020 La Napoule artists and their work will somehow help restore you too.
Still, The Children Are Here, the prizewinning feature documentary film illustrating the Garo indigenous people in Northeastern India whose homes and most household goods have their origins in the lush bamboo forests that surround them. Their hills are beautiful, as are the people, who welcomed the filmmakers into the intimacies of their lives. Originator, Executive Producer, and technical advisor, La Napoule, spring 2020 artist-in-residence, Roger King. www.rogerking.org
The work of Roger King, writer, filmmaker, social scientist, and member of the La Napoule spring 2020, international artist residency at the Château de La Napoule, is our focus this week as we continue to highlight La Napoule artists impacted by the global pandemic. Roger’s latest novel, “Love and Fatigue in America,” is an autobiographical exploration of illness and its relationship to healthy societies. Visit www.rogerking.org to learn more.
“We are like notes within a melody, we contain the previous note and anticipate the future one, so we move in space and time in a continuous flow. There is no art form that the flower does not teach us,” Alessandro Sciaraffa, spring 2020, artist-in-residence. “The Flower of Mars”, drawing, 2020 Alessandro Sciaraffa
Alessandro strives to make the invisible audible and the audible visible. Performing in the Tomb Tower studio April 2020.
We continue our series highlighting spring 2020 artists-in-residence living and creating in isolation in our artists’ home, the Villa Marguerite. This week, Alessandro Sciaraffa, visual artist and graduate of the Domus Academy in Milan. In his artistic practice, Alessandro is dedicated to making the invisible audible and the audible visible. Photo credit: Rachel Berkowitz
Spring 2020 La Napoule Artist, Angela Sclafani’s new single, Make a Monster, will be released 4/24/20. Listen to a preview here. We hope that sharing the creativity of La Napoule artists offers you inspiration and light during these difficult times.
“It was pure magic,” Angela Sclafani said of her La Napoule Art Foundation residency this spring, “The Château has a gothic charm that is dripping with Marie’s creativity and every inch is filled with Henry’s fantastic works.” Angela, a musician dedicated to bringing to life stories of women focusing on the themes of creation, perseverance, and mental health, has a new single being released on April 24th. Photo from Angela Sclafani’s Zelda Fitzgerald musical, “The Other Side of Paradise” (photo credit: Lauren Khalfayan ). www.angelasclafani.com
Continuing our series highlighting La Napoule, spring 2020 artists-in-residence, this week we focus on musician, Angela Sclafani. Even though her residency was cut short because of the global pandemic, Angela was so inspired by her limited time at the Château and its gardens that she wrote a new song entitled, “Inside these Castle Walls”. Enjoy a preview of Angela’s new composition performed in her home studio.
Chris describes his spring 2020, La Napoule international artist residency, “It’s been an incredibly engaging experience thus far and I’ve been developing keen awareness for my time at La Napoule. I believe, regardless of the times, building community and trust with other residents in a program such as this is important, in that it instills the values of cooperation, collaboration, and personal well-being.” Watch the video posted here, you might recognize where Chris created it. See Chris’ latest show, Renovations at the Carroll Mansion, by visiting www.vimeo.com/384610234 www.chriskojzar.com
Chris Kojzar created a series of video postcards during his spring 2020 international residency at the Château de La Napoule. “This series captures what we’ll all become accustomed to - video screen interfaces, stories in instagram, and isolation,” Chris Kojzar. Chris’ work, highlighted this week as part of the La Napoule series showcasing work from spring 2020 artists-in-residence, reminds us that as we are forced to distance ourselves, we can find and create new ways to connect. See Chris’ latest show, Renovations at the Carroll Mansion, by visiting www.vimeo.com/384610234 www.chriskojzar.com
As part of our series highlighting artwork from spring 2020 artists-in-residence, living in isolation in the Villa Marguerite, this week we feature the work of Christopher Kojzar. Chris is a visual artist, researcher, and educator from the US who says, “I present myself as a contemporary Black flâneur documenting shared spaces and challenging the right to observe and be idle in public.” For his residency, Chris intended to create work focused on structured performance in public spaces, but when he was limited to living and creating only at the Villa Marguerite, instead Chris created a series of video postcards based on stories from years past. www.chriskojzar.com. Christopher Kojzar, “Dear Stephanie”, video 60”, 2020