Sculpture in Russia - find out at: http://www.boosted.org.nz/
- Published: Thursday, 03 July 2014 02:50
"I’m inviting you to share with me the adventure of getting down and dusty in Russia with my fellow sculptors as we carve away at Udmurtia’s First International Woodsculpture Festival.”
So begins my appeal for fellow travellers on an obscure venture to create sculpture in deepest Russia’s Udmurt Republic via Boosted support.
Here is some background:
- What? and Where? Two years ago I took the plunge and accepted an invitation to attend and participate in a woodcarving festival in Northern Siberia. The event was the Fifth International Woodsculpture Festival in the Yamal-Nenets District of the Federation of Russia. The result was ten days of working and connecting with artists from Canada, India, Denmark and Belgium as well as Russian and indigenous Nenets sculptors. The obvious differences of language and culture I found to be of no hindrance to bonding via the culturally universal love of revealing sculptural forms and stories in wood. Receiving second prize was an unexpected bonus to an extraordinarily rewarding experience.
- Why am I going? Because I’m a nutter, of course, who revels in the shared insanity of sculpting.
- How do I get there? I fly to Moscow and am hosted from there to the festival site in the forests of Udmurtia.
- How do you fit in? I’m looking for support through ’Boosted’ (the Art Foundation’s crowd-funding programme) for my airfares to and from Moscow. Look here at http://www.boosted.org.nz/, go to ‘Projects’ and find me at the bottom. Every donation over $5.00 qualifies for a tax refund. If my target of $5000 is reached, we’re on our way.
- Once under way I will be making regular updates (technology permitting) that will be emailed out to donors from Boosted and/or posted on Facebook.
- This will be much more fun with you on board.