21 February – 5 March 2018

Marrakech & the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair
+ Atlas Mountains – Skoura Oasis – Essaouira

Renowned artist and teacher Bernard Ollis will lead a 12 day Painting Tour that includes the inaugural Marrakech 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair and a 12 day journey through the landscape of Morocco!

Bernard will focus on the mediums of oil pastel and gouache on paper, sharing his working method that is fresh and immediate, responding to his surroundings. A seasoned traveller known for his vibrant use of colour and narrative works, Bernard will be a wonderful host for this tour.

Following an initial immersion into the delights of Marrakech we will work in a variety of locations and explore different subjects including architectural spaces, interiors, urban life, streetscapes, the landscape and people of Morocco. The 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, held at the famous Mamounia Palace-Hotel brings together 17 leading international galleries to represent over 60 emerging and established artists from Africa and its diaspora. A wider program of exhibitions and events coming from the ‘Marrakchi’ arts community, museums and galleries there will be ample inspiration and food for discussion to begin our tour.

As we will travel over the Atlas Mountains, passing through rugged landscape and oasis valleys we will explore the Ksars and Kasbahs of the adobe villages en route. We finish the tour with a few nights at the picturesque fishing port of Essaouira before returning to Marrakech. Evening discussions with reviews and critiques of the works will be a time to share ideas and reflect on our journey together.

Primarily an immersive, cultural holiday we will explore the rich and complex history and contemporary life of Morocco where the indigenous Amazigh (Berber) people maintain a strong connection with the land and their ancient traditions and lifestyle. Traveling with a small group of like-minded people the program offers an innovative and creative way to explore a new place that is stimulating, supportive and safe. Partners are also welcome to join the tour and will be well catered for.

Bernard Ollis in Morocco

About Bernard Ollis

Bernard Ollis lives and works between Sydney and Paris. Born in Bath, England, he is a graduate of Cardiff College of Art and Design, Wales and received his Master of Art (Painting) from the Royal College of Art, London, where he was tutored by David Hockney, R. B. Kitaj, and Sir Peter Blake amongst many others.

Moving to Australia in 1976 Bernard lectured at the University Northern Territory and La Trobe University, Victoria before being appointed Head of Painting at the National Art School in 1996. He is the former Director of the National Art School, Sydney (1997-2008).

He has had over 50 solo exhibitions since 1972 and participated in exhibitions throughout Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Asia. He has undertaken residencies at the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris (1975), the Australian Embassy residence in Cairo, Egypt (on special invitation of the Australian Ambassador), Antarctica with the Mawson’s Hut Foundation and most recently as artist in residence in Zhouzhang province China 2015.

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