From June 1st, 2013 till June 8, 2013 the first ever Crazy Artist Camp took place in beautiful Tuscany, Italy. An international group of artists, giving inspiration to each other, spending a week in a unique location, creating unique art!
The Amazing One Week Artists Commune!
This event has taken place in June 2013 and therefore is history. So you can not sign up for this event anymore
It’s a Crazy Camp, you don’t have to be a Crazy Artist to participate :-)
We will be in a unique house just for ourselves in a beautiful landscape, isolated from anything that might distract us. It doesn’t matter if you are a painter or a poet, a dancer, a photographer, a theatre maker, a graphic designer, a musician, a fashion designer or any other kind of artist… or a muse, the Crazy Artists Camp is the perfect place to spend creative holidays, not only working on what you are best at, but also getting inspiration from, and sometimes working together with, the other members of the group! In the evening we will organize crazy group games, cook and eat together, we’ll swim in our private pool etc.
We will be in a simple but inspiring house, far away from the noise and rumble of cities and villages (about a one hour walk till the next village), in the middle of beautiful nature. The small outdoor private swimming pool might still be a bit cold in the first week of june, but we will certainly enjoy it! The garden and nature will be our working space – or the patios or colorful rooms of the house, should it rain (usually the weather is good in June in Tuscany). The house is not far away from Lucca.
The house has double/twin bedrooms , an open kitchen in the dining room, three bathrooms and a living room. There will be max. 10 people in our group. Inside and around the house clothing is optional. No smoking in the house.
Let’s make art!
The Crazy Artists Camp is intended to be a group retreat, a temporary art commune. We will be living together in the sense that we will cook and eat together, clean together, do games together, swim together, laugh together etc. We will be working together in the sense that during the day (or whenever you get your inspiration) we will be creating! At the end of the day, probably after dinner, you can either show your result of the day to the group, or communicate something about your process.
The act of creating art however is not necessarily a group activity. If you want to write your poetry while sitting alone under a tree, that’s completely fine. But if you want to try out a dialogue for the theatre play that you are directing, then surely you will find other group members ready to enact the dialogue with you! Actually, that kind of interaction between different disciplines is very inspiring. You are a writer? You will enjoy modeling a bit for the photographer. You are a photographer? You will enjoy enacting that dialogue for the theatre maker. You are a theatre maker? You will enjoy proof reading parts of the novel that the writer is writing…
To give your inspiration a head start, we choose a central theme for the art that we’ll be creating, and to not restrict ourselves to much, it is the most universal theme of all themes: The Human Body.
Question: Doesn’t the theme “The Human Body” suggest that it’s all about nudity? Answer: Please check out this page.
Who can join?
You don’t have to be a professional artist – it doesn’t matter if Tate just bought your latest work, or you are just experiencing your first writers block as a beginning amateur playwright. During application you will give the link to your online portfolio or you will upload some examples of your work. And even if you are not an artist but a muse, you can still join! You will participate as a muse for the artists in the group. But also in this case during application you will give the link to your online model portfolio or you will provide a testimony of that writer that got his/her inspiration for that great novel from you!. And of course, also ‘supporting’ artists like for example make up artists and stylists are absolutely welcome!
If we complete 10 people, price for one week is EUR 255 per person for accommodation, food and tourist taxes. That is cheap! . However, don’t come if you are only interested in an affordable holiday. The Crazy Artists Camp is all about the group, spending fun evenings together, doing crazy games, and creating art!
By the way, you will have to bring any tools or materials that you want to use, by yourself. No materials are provided.
If you are a couple, please understand that in the Crazy Artists Camp you can not behave like a couple. Subject to availability, you can get a room with a double bed if you want (in general the rooms are allocated through a lottery) but apart from that, you are expected to participate in all activities and group life as individuals and not as a couple. Yes you will be hugging – in the numerous group hugs! So be prepared to sit each at the other side of the group table during dinner, and accept that someone else than yourself might be helping out your partner with the sun screen.
How to get there
The closest city is Lucca. Florence is just over 100km away. The train from the international airport of Pisa stops in a small town some 20km the house. As the house is rather isolated, the last couple of kilometers to the house are over an unpaved and steep road. No 4×4 needed, but your Ferrari won’t make it.
From Benelux/(NRW)/Switzerland/Milan there is a ride share available, approx. EUR 100 two-way per person. Most probably, as time passes by, ride shares from other directions will be added.
Don’t miss these 7 nights in the mountains in beautiful Tuscany!
LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN TOGETHER!
If you want to participate in this event, then you’re out of luck… It is a past event! Please check out the upcoming Crazy Mountain Camps or Crazy Snow Camps! And if you sign up for the newsletter I’ll keep you updated about new Crazy Camps.
Confirmed participants Crazy Mountain Camp
Here are a few photos taken on our wonderful trip to Tuscany! Enjoy and we’ll see you on a Crazy Camp soon!