…capture your journey through Morocco with artist MARTIN KING!
DRAWING & PRINTING
2 – 16 May 2020
This 14 day tour, suitable for beginners or advanced artists, will traverse a large part of southern Morocco, from the ancient city of Marrakech over the Atlas Mountains to the edge of the Sahara. Perched on the North West tip of Africa, Morocco is endowed with a rich and complex cultural history where the indigenous Amazigh (Berber) people maintain a strong connection with the land and their ancient traditions and lifestyle which have endured the Arab Islamic overlay introduced in the 7th century and the various other influences brought by the Phoenicians, the Romans, Portuguese, Spanish and most recently the French.
Primarily an immersive, cultural tour of Morocco, this program will explore a variety of drawing, and simple low-tech printmaking techniques. Participants will be able to explore the artisan workshops and souqs, superb historic collections including the Tiskiwin Museum and Yves Saint Laurent’s collection at the Musee Berber in Marrakech.
Martin will share his skills and expertise in drawing to respond to the Amazigh (Berber) culture, and landscape. Finding a balance between site seeing and art making, some days will involve guided tours, long drives through spectacular landscape or time to relax, while other days will devote more time to art-making.
The warmth and good humour of the people in Morocco is immense and the insights into the Islamic world and Amazigh spirituality and contemporary life fascinating. Accommodation is provided in the most comfortable traditional guesthouses, where we will enjoy the extraordinary delights of Amazigh food, hospitality and traditional music.
Traveling with like-minded people and an experienced team of co-hosts including Australian artist/curator Rita Lazauskas and professional Amazigh Guide Abdenabi Imelouane, the program offers an innovative and creative way to explore a new place that is stimulating, supportive and safe.
About Martin King:
One of Australia’s most recognised artists Martin is a Senior Printer at the Australian Print Workshop, has had over 40 solo exhibitions throughout Australia and has exhibited in many group exhibitions both in Australia and Internationally.
In 2019 Martin won the prestigious Muswellbrook Drawing Prize and the Gallipoli Art Prize, In 2017/18 he received the State Library of Victoria Creative Fellowship. Other awards include the 2014 Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Art Award, the 2006 Broken Hill Outback Art Award and in 2003 the McGivern Art Prize at the Maroondah Art Gallery in Melbourne. He was awarded Third prize at the 3rd Kochi International Triennial of prints in Japan in 1999, and an Honorable Mention for his work at the Bharat Bhavan International Print Biennale in India. He won the Artist Book Prize at the Fremantle Print Award in 1997.
Martin is represented in many collections including; the British Museum London; Carleton College Library, Minnesota,USA; National Gallery of Australia; National Gallery of Victoria; Art Gallery of NSW; Art Gallery of SA; Museums and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory; Regional Galleries, Public Libraries, Universities, corporate and private collections.