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    Creative Conductors of the Karoo Art 2024

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Experience a Creative Takeover: Join the 'Conductors' Shaping Every Detail at the Karoo Art Hotel in 2024!

Posted by Rick on Sun December 10, 2023.

In a groundbreaking initiative for the Klein Karoo, and perhaps the entire country, a distinguished collective comprising Philosophers, Artists, Creatives, and Teachers (PACT) takes centre stage in our 2024 residence programme. Welcome to the Creative Conductors of the Karoo Art, where these visionary minds shape every aspect of your stay, marking a unique convergence of intellect and creativity.

We entrust the baton to a carefully selected individual or team, ushering in the Creative Conductors of Karoo Art for an extraordinary span of days. During this time, these chosen visionaries orchestrate and shape every facet of your experience, marking a truly exceptional convergence of intellect and creativity.

Herewith an outline of what we have planned, so far...


Art of Oils

15-17 Feb

Cathy's workshops at the hotel have a big following . She's done a few with us and they've all sold out. This the first of three this year . See the detailed post to follow. 

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Art of Dylan & Cohen and the Sung Poets

With the Barrydale Poetry Club

23-25 Feb

Bill Knight's name is woven through the fabric of South African rock and folk over the past 40 years. Beyond his celebration of the music of Dylan and Cohen Bill is also a respected composer and song writer of his own material.  Partnering Bill in the design of this weekends program are the Barrydale Poetry Club. See the official release for details

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Arts of 4 icons

Was Daar curated weekend

8-10 March

These are all leading creative names in their own right. Rian Malan the award winning local and international journalist, author, songwriter and performer. Guy Tillim the South African photographer spoken of in the same voice as David Goldblatt. Hannah Loewenthal is a grand master of the 5Rhythms school of dance and movement, a teacher whose classes are over-subscribed in locations as diverse as Oslo, New York, and Vermaaklikheid. All three of them combining to form the new band of the moment Was Daar (formerly the Vermaaklikheid Bakery Orkes). Along with them for the ride famous founder of the iconic antiapartheid music publishers and promoters Shifty Records Lloyd Ross.

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Art of Mosaic with precious dogs

'Make a mosaic of your best friend'

12-14 April

Heidi is recognised as being a brilliant teacher of the art of mosaic in glass. But here she goes a step further for dog lovers. You'll  leave this weekend with a stunning framable glass mosaic  of your dog in classic pose.

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Art of a retro road trip weekend with Royal Enfield

'Royal  Barrydale'

26-28 April

We get a lot of bike groups passing through the hotel but few compare with creative diversity and quirkiness of group of Royal Enfield riders. We started small last year this time we're going bigger and better. If you own a Royal Enfield or waiting to be persuaded to become a part of such a legendary movement this is the weekend for you.

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Arts of a Karoo Farm Kitchen

Prickly Pairs & Pomegranates

10-12 May

In July we moved over to an idea which is a first. You no longer get handed a menu when you sit down for dinner you get given an entire cookbook. This is the award winning cookbook from the famous Kranmere farm  outside of Pearston, Groot Karoo. Marianne Palmer along with her daughter Bernadette Le Roux in conjunction with Quiver Tree Press brought out this beautiful cookbook which our kitchen follows to the letter. Between 10-12 May Marianne will be hosting a cooking weekend for people wanting to get closer to the Art of Karoo cooking.

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Art of Painted Crockery 

You are the artist

22nd – 24 May

Master potter and pottery industry entrepreneur Chris Silverston has built her Potters Work company up from a small premises on the the edge of the park at Kalkbay to a Cape Towns largest commercial studio with prestigious international clients including among other Liberty of London as a client. It's not often that Chris takes time out to lead a workshop. in-fact she never does so this is a great opportunity for a select few. 

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Art of the Memoir workshop & retreat

7-14 June

I write this as a current student and past participant in the Art of the Memoir. These are two very gifted , published SA writers. But it's another thing entirely to be a gifted writing coach and mentor. The two Jo's succeed at both. It's either the Karoo Art Hotel or Venice with their writing courses. Start with us, we're closer to home for a try out. Then go to that fabled private palace on the Grand Canal. With us there's the 3 day high intensity workshop and then as an addition the week in residence that follows.

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Art of Being

Solstice weekend and soul workshop. 21-23 June. An extraordinary weekend dedicated to the soul and the body with guided meditation, yoga and workshops all set to the live music of the gifted musician Nur Felix.

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Art of Iron

12-14 July

Our 3rd year of this fantastic Harley-Davidson weekend that is justified in calling for a town name change for a brilliant 48 hours dedicated to these amazing bikes and their passionate owners. Barrydale becomes Harley-Dale once again.

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Art of the Passes

16-18 August

A weekend of speed and the passion for roadworthy racers. Craig Harper Sports Car. There are a bunch of those and then come the Lotus's, the Cobras and more. This is a weekend dedicated to the many glorious passes between us and Cape Town and all around us -  and the passion of owning machines that speak to the real spirit of the sports car. 

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Art of Ink & Mixed Media

22-25 August

Cathy's second weekend of a year of three workshops with us. They all sell out. She's a gifted teacher. The work presented below was from the final class of 2023, in amongst them two out and out beginners who went home with a piece of work that was definitely headed for the framers shop and a wall at home. Some of the other artists there are already working as full time artists. 



Art of Monotype with Oils

10-13 Oct

Cathy's final workshop of the year in a new medium that she hasn't offered at the hotel before. 

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Art of Writing 

Master class.

Exciting news for us and a big move in terms of the Karoo Art Hotel becoming a real workshop destination for writers. There are a number of exotic locations around the world where you can sign up for a Sarah Bullen writing workshop - enter Barrydale 🖖 

Join writing coach and literary agent Sarah Bullen and poetry coachTara Rose on a writing immersion in Barrydale in the Klein Karoo to get quiet and dive into words. Join for the weekend, or the entire week.

Anyone with a book, or a writing project is welcome to join. You may be a new writer, or an experienced writer who simply needs time away from your life to really settle into your writing. The days will flow between craft sessions, feedback and loads of time to sit and finally write.

For those who need a push, the structured sessions will show you how to write, edit and market your book, find a structure, character, plot, advanced plotting and pace, how to construct scenes, best writing techniques, genre conventions, and finding your voice, preparing your manuscript, how to approach publishers, how to write your marketing material, and new publishing models. Or sit back and immerse in the quiet simplicity of a small town with horizons and open spaces to dream.

Date to be confirmed

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