Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort: a natural inspiration for art and photography

Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa will run artist-in-residence and photographer-in-residence programs in May.

Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa will run artist-in-residence and photographer-in-residence programs in May.

By Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa

Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, Australia’s luxury conservation-based resort, will launch intimate art and photography workshops throughout May and June 2014 that are inspired by the resort’s dramatic natural beauty and abundant native Australian wildlife.

Following the success of the resort’s inaugural artist-in-residence program, local landscape artist Georgia Mansur will once again return to the resort to deliver art classes for guests. Aimed at beginners and improvers, Georgia will combine her local and international experience to teach watercolour techniques that develop guests’ artistic skills.

“It is wonderful to be returning to Wolgan as the artist-in-residence after helping create the blueprint for this event in 2012,” she said.

“This is such a special part of the world – the remoteness, open spaces, incredible landscapes, native wildlife and heritage effortlessly invoke creativity.

“My art classes are all about meeting like-minded people, creative self-expression, and appreciating  the stunning surroundings, and are equally suited to those who have never picked up a paintbrush to those who are looking to improve their skills.”

For the first time, Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa will have a photographer-in-residence to coincide with the art program.

Lauren Bath, Australia’s only professional instagrammer with more than 300,000 Instagram followers, will lead the interactive photography workshops. Participants will have the chance to explore the 4000 acre conservation and wildlife reserve as they learn handy photography techniques and Lauren’s top tips for Instagram.

“I am very excited about this opportunity to work with Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa,” she said.

“Having only started taking photography seriously two years ago, I hope to show guests that they too can significantly improve their shooting style quickly with some simple tips and tricks. I am passionate about sharing my newfound knowledge and love for photography and social media with others.”

Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa general manager Joost Heymeijer said: “In 2014 Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is bursting with special events as we aim to continually enrich the quality and variety of experiences for our guests.

“Many of our guests visit us over and over again so it is important that we have new experiences for them to discover. We look forward to welcoming both Georgia and Lauren to Wolgan for these creative sessions.”

Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is a conservation-based resort that offers the rare opportunity to experience true luxury in a spectacular Australian bush setting. A scenic two and a half hour drive from Sydney in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, the secluded resort is nestled between two national parks and is set within its own 4000 acre carbon-neutral conservation and wildlife reserve which can be explored through various nature based activities.

Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa was named the Best Hotel in Australia, 2014 and 2013, by TripAdvisor® and was also awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor®, which puts the resort in the top 10% of all hotels in the world based on traveller feedback.

Artist-in-Residence package

Priced at $300 per person, the artist-in-residence package* includes up to three sessions of art instruction by Georgia Mansur with outdoor sketching sessions, sketch pads, pencils, paint/water colours, brushes, and an artist’s pack including a course syllabus to be given to guests to take away. Guests will also be provided with light refreshments during all painting sessions.

The package is valid for bookings during two weekends in May 2014 – from Friday, May 2, to Sunday, May 4, and from Friday, May 16, to Sunday, May 18.

To book, please contact the Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa reservations team on +61 2 9290 9733 and quote ‘ARTS’ or email reservations@wolganvalley.com.

*Terms and conditions apply. Accommodation is not included in the package and must be booked separately. A minimum two nights’ stay applies. An itinerary will be provided upon booking. Other terms and conditions apply.

Photographer-in-Residence package

The photographer-in-residence package* includes up to three photography sessions by Lauren Bath. Guests will be provided with light refreshments during all sessions. The package is valid for bookings exclusively for the weekend of Friday, June 13, to Sunday, June 15.

To book, please contact the Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa reservations team on +61 2 9290 9733 and quote ‘FOTO’ or email reservations@wolganvalley.com.

*Terms and conditions apply. Accommodation is not included in the package and must be booked separately. A minimum two nights’ stay applies. An itinerary will be provided upon booking. Other terms and conditions apply.

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