Artist Tina McCallan invites 100 Carnival-goers to re-create, “Two ducks carrying a Turtle” a painting by an Ottoman miniaturist at the Calis Beach Carnival, Turkey on 28th May 2011.
In a site-specific painting performance, McCallan will invite carnival-goers to paint a collaborative Masterpiece based on an Ottoman miniature.
Chosen to reflect the carnival’s theme of birds ,turtles and nature, the painting comes from Aesop’s fables and shows a tortoise who wanted to travel the world flying through the air on a stick supported by two ducks.
Inspired by a democratic version of a 15th Century Renaissance painting workshop and referencing the Ottoman Nakkashane tradition, which was that was that many people worked on the same manuscript painting together, each participant paints one square on a canvas divided up into 100 squares.
By inviting locals and visitors to stumble across the project and contribute to the making of an Old Master, their definition of Art as something that is elitist and inaccessible is demolished.
The project allows the participants to interact with it, uncovering, their latent artistic talent allowing them to socialize with other members of the community at an event which celebrates local culture and aims to integrate locals, ex-pats and tourists.
When: Saturday May 28th 2011
Where: next to the Yoruk Tents on Calis Beach, Fethiye, Turkey
What time: 10.00 am until finished
Who? Everyone! No painting experience needed!
Charge? – Free!
About the Artist
McCallan was trained at the Royal Academy School of Arts in London and has been commissioned to produce re-creations in a variety of contexts from festivals to schools both in the UK and Turkey.