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Unstuck in ICELAND
with Vee Speers

DATES:

May 9 - 14TH

LOCATION:

Úlfjótsskáli - The Golden Circle - close to  Thingvellir National Park, ICELAND

Join us on a creative retreat in Iceland with Australian artist Vee Speers. Our journey is designed to inspire and ignite you to connect deeper with your creative powers, and give you a clearer direction with your work. 

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CREATIVE RETREAT DESCRIPTION: 

Our creative journey to Iceland in 2023 is with Paris based Australian photographer Vee Speers.

 

Speers is known for her dramatic story-telling portraiture, carefully choreographed, with a painterly and ethereal quality. The images often featuring ambiguous narratives, as evinced in their backgrounds and the sitters’ dress, often evoking Eden, the apocalypse, classical literature, youth, and glamour.

Set against the backdrop of the inspiring and uniquely graphic landscapes of Iceland, Speers will guide each participants to follow their own path as they experiment with new beginnings. 

Speers will help you to become ‘unstuck’ from the old routines, and share with you her own personal journey. She will help you connecting to your creative powers and guide you on your quest to finding your unique signature, and a more focused directions in your work.

ICELAND is a country of sharp contrasts. A place where fire and ice co-exist. Where dark winters are offset by the summer’s midnight sun. The country is also known for its great variety in scenery and landscape.

Our home in Iceland is a luxury lodge which includes 10 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a sauna, gym and Tv room, an outdoor hot tube, and fire-pit.

Our organiser, and NORDphotography’s founder, Elisabeth N Aanes, also known for her cocking skills at SAGA, will be our chef on our workshops and serve healthy breakfast and warm home cocked meals for lunch to the participants. 

The workshop tuition includes accommodation (+ NOK 3.500,- for private room) at the pristine Úlfjótsskáli luxury lodge, breakfast and home-cocked lunch pluss the wrap-up dinner at our house. 

Our house Úlfjótsskáli luxury lodge is located in the Golden Circle and close to the major attractions in South Iceland such as Geysir, Gullfoss and Thingvellir National Park.

We will be working with local models and go on group excursions to different  locations especially selected to inspire the participants to go deeper in their work. Our goal is for you to leave this workshop and place having found a deeper path with your creative vision, that allows you to expanded your talent in new ways. 

We accept a maximum of 9 participant in this class.

 

NORDphotography's will be represented by our founder Elisabeth N Aanes on this workshop. 

CREATIVE RETREAT TUITION:

NOK 26.000,-

+ NOK 3.500,- for single room. 


INCLUDED IN THE TUITION: workshop, accommodation Úlfjótsskáli Luxury Lodge, breakfast Wednesday - Sunday. Warm home-cooked lunch Wednesday - Saturday. Pluss wrap-up dinner Saturday.

NOT INCLUDED: Travel costs, travel insurance, transportation and dinner Tuesday - Friday. 

Shortly after registration for your workshop you will receive an invoice via e-mail for the deposit (to be paid within two weeks). You will also receive an invoice for the rest of the tuition at the same time as the deposit. This invoice is to be paid no later than one month before the workshop starts. All fees are to be paid in Norwegian Kroner. For Norwegian invoices there will be an invoice fee of NOK 40,- added. 

International students: You can pay us via PayPal or transfer your payment directly to our account. Please let us know when registration for a workshop your preferred method of payment. For PayPal payments there is a handling fee of 6% of the amount paid, that will be added to your invoice. For bank transfer there is usually a transaction fee. Check with your bank for the amount, and make sure this fee is not subtracted from the tuition fee payment.

TRANSPORTATION:

We do recommend that you rent a car while in Iceland, either together with your fellow participants or by yourself.

 

We will open up a closed

Facebook group for this class before the workshop, so participants can coordinate their travel plans and transportation. We do recommend that participants share on car rental, and are happy to organise it for the participants.  

GETTING TO OUR DESTINATION:

Land at Keflavik International Airport in Iceland. Our location from 11-12TH of September is in Reykjavik. Our location 12-16TH of September is close to Selfoss, about 1,5 hour from the airport. 

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ACCOMMODATION:

Our accommodation in Iceland is Úlfjótsskáli luxury lodge, one of the most pristine accommodations Iceland has to offer. We have room for a maximum of 9 participants, divided among single rooms and double rooms. The house has a total of 10 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, an indoor fireplace, an outdoor fire-pit, a gym, a game room, a sauna and outdoor hot-tub with heated water 24/7. The house also has a kitchen with all the facilities you would need.

 

We have a chef on our workshops who will serve breakfast and lunch to the participants, pluss the wrap up dinner at our house.

Úlfjótsskáli luxury lodge is located in the Golden Circle and close to the major attractions in South Iceland such as Geysir, Gullfoss and Thingvellir National Park.

LINK to our house in Iceland

WORKSHOP TUITION:

NOK 26.000,-  

+ NOK 3.500 for single room

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Deposit: NOK 7.000,-

 

Se payment details in the workshop description.

REGISTRATIONS ON OUR WORKSHOPS ARE BINDING.

We ask that you do not book your ticket until we have confirmed that the minimum number of participants have signed on. The confirmation will happen no later than a month before the workshop start. 

We recommend participants to have travel insurance  when traveling abroad. 

WHEN TO ARRIVE:

Participants should arrive on the 9TH of May. Check in time at our house is at 4PM. We start the workshop around 8PM. 

WHEN TO DEPART:

Participants should depart on May 14TH. Check out time at our house is 11AM. 

WHAT TO BRING:

You need to bring your camera, your laptop, and your usual photo-gear to this workshop. 

Vee Speers often uses props in her imagery, and you are welcome to bring your own props to explore with. Feel free to also bring fabric, clothes etc for the models, if you have a vision in mind. 

Students are expected to bring a small portfolio (max 10 images) of their work (digital) to the class. 

ABOUT

VEE SPEERS:

For over two decades, Australian French artist Vee Speers has established herself in the art world with her unforgettable portraits. Her carefully choreographed images are painterly and ethereal, with a visual and metaphorical ambiguity which challenges established narratives.

 

Her work has been exhibited in museums, galleries, art fairs and festivals around the world, and been published in features and on covers of more than 60 international magazines, with 3 sold-out monographs of her work.

 

Speers has exhibited in museums, galleries, festivals and International Art Fairs around the world. Her photographs have been acquired by Sir Elton John Collection, Michael Wilson Collection, Hoffman Collection U.S. , Carter Potash Collection, Morten Viskum Collection, Alan Siegel, Lawrence Schiller, DZ Bank, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Museum 21C, Kentucky, George Eastman House, Beth Rudin Dewoody,  Hudson Bay Company Art Fund, CB Collection, Tokyo.

 

Her first monograph ’Bordello’, foreword by Karl Lagerfeld, was published by Earbooks, Edel, and her second book ‘The Birthday Party’ was published by Dewi Lewis, UK. Her third monograph Bulletproof was published by Kehrer Verlag. 

Instructor Replacement:

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It is the nature of our business that occasionally a listed instructor cannot participate because of unexpected events. If we are forced to replace an instructor we will do so with someone with equal or similar credentials. When time permits we will inform everyone who has registered.

Cancelation Rules:

We ask that you do not book your ticket until we have confirmed that the minimum number of participants have signed up.

For workshops to run we need a minimum of five participants, unless otherwise noted in the workshop description. If we for some reason are not able to reach our minimum number, the workshop will be canceled and you will receive a full refund.

NORDphotography is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline / train tickets in the event of a program cancellation. Our line of liability is to return all monies paid to the workshops. Please check on your workshop status before making travel arrangements. There will be a maximum of 10 students in each workshop, unless otherwise noted in the workshop description. 

Withdrawal and refund policy: 

We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance.

Enrollment is limited in our workshops, so once you have registered for a class – we are counting on you to attend. The registration is binding. We do however understand that sometimes plans fall trough and offer the following cancellation policies:
Withdraw more than 60 days before the start of class and we will refund all monies paid, minus an administration fee of NOK 1500,-. Withdraw 60 days or less before the start of class and we will charge you with the full workshop tuition.

NORDphotography is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies.

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