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"Call for Artists: Art and Nature Walk The Legend"
2006-02-08 until 2006-03-01
Stichting Natuurkunst Drenthe
Sleen, , NL Netherlands

Foundation Natureart Drenthe (Stichting Natuurkunst Drenthe – www.natuurkunstdrenthe.nl) is organising’, after ‘Art and Nature Walk The Legend’- 2005, a second event in 2006 - 'Art and Nature Walk' Still Water. Artists are inspired by the turbulent history of the Orangecanal (Oranjekanaal). The canal runs over about 40 kilometres from Smilde tot Klazienaveen. Built all by hand from 1852 – 1860. Misfortune, personal accidents, collapsing of some parts, heavy sand in stead of soft peat, low water level, no connection with the other waterways and other misseries made the building of this canal to a economic disaster.

The owners never made good money and also the transportation of peat from the bogs was not a success. Just after world-war two it became property of the Dutch government and at the moment the waterway is blocked by bridges and dams so there is no longer an open connection. It is only used for leisure activities like angling, canoes etc.

Location of the artworks is the forest next to the canal and belongs to the small village Schoonoord. A new walking trail of about 4 kilometres will be made connected with the canal itself. So one or two artists have the opportunity to work with the canal itself. The project is also connected with open air museum ‘Ellert and Brammert’ ( see The Legend – 2005).

Conditions
Artist fee € 1250
Lodging + food
Housing in comfortable mobile home ( 2 sleeping rooms, shower etc)at Leisure centre ‘t Kuierpadtien. 2 artists share one mobile home.
www.kuierpad.nl

Materials
In general materials out of the forest: trees, trunks, branches etc. Also boulders remaining from the glaciers
Travelexpense € 500 (limited)
Assistance is given by people of the State Forestry
www.staatsbosbeheer.nl . The team of foresters in Schoonoord was in 2005 essential for realisation.

Schedule
Arriving of artists June 7, 2006
Working period June 8 – June 21
Official opening June 21
Depart of artists June 22

Promotion
Catalogue, posters, brochures, website
In 2006 the province Drenthe (www.drenthe.nl) is organising a special project around the canal with all kind of cultural events (www.oranjekanaal.nl ) and one of the projects is Still Water. Also the city Coevorden (www.coevorden.nl) to wich Schoonoord belongs is important.

Images and information
Images of the forest and the canal + the inspirational short story can be found on the website.
Click 2006, INFO, ISPIRATION, LOCATION

Application
Applications are based on a concrete proposal and documentation. Closing date March 1, 2006

Selection
A professional jury will choose in March, 2006, 10 – 12 artists to realise a project. The jury: Mrs. Astrid Grondman (director Museum De Funfdatie), Mr. Albert van der Weide (director Art Aacademie Minerva), Mrs. Janet Bouwmeester (education), Mr. Wim van der Beek (artcritic/writer).

Contact
Curator is artist/curator Adri A.C. de Fluiter. All proposals are going to him by email defluiter@planet.nl or postal mail.

Stichting Natuurkunst Drenthe
Meulenakker 6
NL- 7841 EP SLEEN


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