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Fuse Art Space launches a workshop series in the French Pyrenees

Laraaji, Gavin Bryars and others to act as “intense, artistic catalysts” for new ideas at a 750m high residency school next year

2018 will see the launch of Camp, a residency series based in the thermal spa town of Aulus-les-Bains in the French Pyrenees. Housed in a renovated 19th century hotel, each course in the series will run for five days. Subjects include: Modern Composition with Gavin Bryars; Environmental Sound Recording with Chris Watson (now sold out); Deep Listening, Meditation & Laughter with Laraaji; Composing For Film with Jozef Van Wissem; and Experimental Composition & Performance with Eli Keszler. Each course will cost £1119, not including flights, but James from Fuse Art Space confirms over email that those fees cover “all tuition and activities, accommodation, catering (yes, including booze), and unlimited use of our facilities”. And he confirms that on site facilities include “Pro-Tools studios, digital editing and production suites, an arts library, rehearsal and performance spaces, fine art studios, a cinema, dark room... all free and technician-supported for participants throughout their stay”.

“We've been running Fuse Art Space for nearly four years,” he says, when asked how the project came about. “The level of work coming through is consistently really awesome. We wanted to take this pool of incredibly talented and innovative artists, musicians, writers, thinkers and activists and put them in an environment where they can act as catalysts for new ideas and artistic thought.

“We want to create a place where people can come and feel inspired, have a deeply creative experience, learn new ways of working at the leading edge of their artforms, form new groups and movements, make things happen,” he continues. “We want the work and developments that come out of Camp to pioneer new ways of thinking about music, art, film, etc.”

Some of the courses, such as the one run by Gavin Bryars, require an existing knowledge skill base from participants, while others are open to those with no more than an interest in the subject. All sessions will make use of what the landscape has to offer. Plus there’s a bursary scheme available via Camp’s various partners.

Camp has lined up future courses by the likes of Laure Prouvost, Ann Bean, Jana Winderen & Mike Harding, Christina Kubisch, Paulina Olowska, and others. Camp kicks off in April 2018.