Press Release 2016

For Immediate Release: Thursday, August 4, 2016

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The naked truth about the human body
“Naked State” Art Residency @ Bare Oaks
Friday, August 5 – Monday, August 15

TORONTO, Thursday, August 4, 2016 – Good artists often bare their souls. Now, they’ll also bare their artwork. Thirteen artists from Australia, Finland, England plus across Canada and the USA were selected to participate in the “Naked State” art residency at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park – – from August 5 until August 15, 2016. Organized by Arts Unfold, this 10-day project aims to help artists to create artworks that explore the nude human body in context of nature, culture and art. The general public is invited and have to call for details at 905.473.6060.

“We were thrilled when Arts Unfold proposed creating a new residency within our community,” says Stéphane Deschênes, co-owner of Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park. “Art is a great way to get people to see things differently so I know the artists will find interesting ways to communicate naturist beliefs.”

Residents will work individually or collaboratively to create artworks that explore these questions through media of their choice, such as drawing, installation art, photography, performance art, video, painting, sound art, media art and more.

For the duration of the residency, the artists and residency facilitator will live as naturists (clothes-free) within the Bare Oaks naturist community. They’ll be creating art which asks some basic questions such as; What is nudity? Does stripping away clothing rid us of class, gender, and personal expression?; Do the connections between our bodies and the land change when nude? Is nudity always sexual? The works will also be exploring other topics, such as the role of the nude in historical and contemporary art and whether an animal with fur is naked?

Arts Unfold produces art plus design projects in Canadian and European communities to foster greater understandings of social and environmental conditions. It works with community leaders and members to develop ideas that connect to their aspirations, concerns, and exploratory interests. In developing, implementing and facilitating projects, Arts Unfold works to incorporate inclusivity, accessibility and sustainability.

Bare Oaks, set on 50 acres of land just 45 minutes north of Toronto, has been in existence as a nudist park since 1972, and has been known as Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park for the last 10 years. It’s a year-round park near Toronto in Canada where the entire family can experience the traditional values of naturism in a modern setting. Nestled among the natural wilderness of the Ontario Greenbelt, the varied landscape includes open spaces, forests, ponds, streams and a small lake. There are a wide variety of recreational activities such as a pool, beach, volleyball, and mini-golf. The clubhouse provides year-round amenities including a restaurant, saunas and a whirlpool. For most visitors and members, Bare Oaks is a day-use country club. There are also guestrooms, rental cabins, and serviced campsites.

True naturism is much more than just taking your clothes off. It is a creed with physical, psychological, environmental, social and moral benefits. Since 2006, Bare Oaks has endeavoured to go beyond a mere recreational pursuit and promote ethical naturism. Located between Toronto and the gateway to Ontario’s cottage country, it is easily accessible from Toronto with a short drive north on Highway #404.