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  • Finland Part 3.

    September 3, 2014

    After a bit of time back, I have added some of the extra bits from Finland onto my website: www.oliverudy.co.uk

    The main body is still being dealt with, but these peripheral pieces are looking quite interesting...

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  • Finland Report 2.

    July 23, 2014

    Part 2 of the Report from Finland.

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  • Finland Report No. 1

    July 13, 2014

    Post by Oliver Udy

    For the next week or so, I will be sending reports from my short residency in Finland... More

  • Portugal

    May 12, 2014

    Liz Wells

    I’ve just returned from a series of lectures in Portugal. It’s 20 years since I was last there, and that was for a holiday, so it was interesting to meet colleagues in Lisbon, Caldas da Rainha and Porto, working in the HE sector and also professional photographers variously involved in land-related projects. Change has been the name of the game in Portugal over the last decades. Many people referred to the revolution and the installation of democratic government, only 40 years ago, as a preface to talking about the current government and the financial crisis. As it happens Jem (Southam) and I crossed paths in Lisbon, him on the way to a master-class photo workshop in the Alentejo, the wine, cork and agricultural region towards the south; I was about to depart northwards. But this is Portugal. The first thing that he did on arrival was join a supper with myself and 9 others in the Bairro Alto that started with wonderful soft sheep’s cheeses from the hills and moved on through various fruits of land and sea. As he remarked, if the Portuguese were the first to land on the moon they would immediately sit down to celebrate with a meal... More

  • Images from Liz

    May 11, 2014

  • Lavender, honey, olive oil....

    May 4, 2014

    Liz Wells

    Lavender, honey, olive oil, huge bulbs of purple garlic, stacks of green and white asparagus, market stalls laden with saucisson, enormous punnets of strawberries! I am on holiday in the Garden of Eden that is Provence, as a guest of Savannah College of Art (SCAD) on their French campus at Lacoste, near Apt, about an hour southeast of Avignon. I am presently the sole occupant of an 8 bedroom stone built house with views over the valley to the slightly larger village of Bonnieux perched on the next hillside. Limestone predominates, and the slopes bear remarkable white scars where vegetation doesn’t grow. Bonnieux villagers can look back at Lacoste, particularly at the now derelict castle where the infamous Marquis de Sade lived under house arrest. SCAD’s properties include a former farm in the valley, currently a base for interior design students engaged in a consultancy to convert the former railway station in Apt into an active community space. It is reputed that the farmhouse is where the Marquis’s guests were housed, awaiting their turns for evenings up the hill.

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