Press Release 2017

Rémy Bélanger de Beauport / photo by Nicolas Martel, 2017 (


Naked State art residency at Bare Oaks announces twelve multidisciplinary artists selected from around the globe.

International artists will explore the human nude and what a naked state means in this art residency by Arts Unfold taking place at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park, July 21 – 31, 2017.

Media contact: Teresa Ascencao



Naked State art residency by Arts Unfold, taking place at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park June 21 – 31, announces its twelve multidisciplinary artists from around the globe. They are coming from as far as the Brazil, Australia, United Kingdom, and across Canada and the United States to explore the human nude and a “naked state.”

Artists from Brazil, Australia, United Kingdom, and across Canada and the USA will explore concepts of a “naked state” and the nude human body in context of art, culture and nature through media of their choice: Rémy Bélanger de Beauport a free-improv cellist based in Québec City will perform textural music from the inside out but also from the outside in; Júlia Both a Brazilian based in Australia will create watercolour studies exploring women’s relationships to their bodies; Australian emerging artists Darcy Smith and Maddy Anderson will explore naked state/s through collaborative correspondence with each other from 16,258km away; Chinese traditional and oil painter Sidi Chen will explore how natural human instincts guide us through a chaotic world in returning to a path home; Through movement and drawing Canadian interdisciplinary artist Jaime Williams will explore changes in body awareness as affected by nature’s energy; Canadian artist Dee Calzavara will create interactive fabric sculptures of womb openings to cultivate body positivity; Mina Bellavia from United States will create paintings and collages that examine perceptions of beauty in hers and others’ bodies; Canadian artist Cyn Williamson will challenge beauty norms with sculptural representations of the post menopausal female nude; Brazilian artist Eugenia França will question the socially constructed body by drawing onto participants’ skin; British artist Jacob Love will use photography and the body to explore the vitality of nakedness and it’s implications; Katie Sadie Canadian photographic artist will explore naturism through conversation and photojournalism. For details on the artists visit

Naked State is a ten-day art residency produced by Arts Unfold and taking place at Bare Oaks to create artworks about the human nude in context of art, culture and nature. For the duration of the residency, the artists and residency Facilitator live as *naturists (in the nude) within the naturist community of Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park to create works that explore 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? What is the role of the nude in historical and contemporary art?; Is an animal with fur naked? Is it possible to be civil in the nude?; Is there a natural state for human being? 

This thematic and programmed residency consists of facilitation by multimedia artist Teresa Ascencao, a naturism seminar with Stéphane Deschenes, a performance art workshop with David Frankovich, a guest artist talk by Thea Fitz-James, and plenty of studio time. There will be a closing event over the weekend of July 29 and 30, whereby artists present their creative and naked explorations to the public.

Naked State is a creation of Arts Unfold, which produces art and design projects in Canadian and European communities to foster greater understandings of social and environmental conditions. Teresa Ascencao, the Art Director of Arts Unfold, is a multimedia artist and naturist. Her work toys with social constructs of body language, costume, socially inscribed objects and spaces, and inner corporeal experiences. Ascencao’s work has been exhibited widely in Canada and internationally. She lives and works in Toronto and teaches at OCADU.


Residency dates:  July 21 – 31, 2017

Closing event: Saturday July 29 5-8pm, and Sunday July 30 10am-8pm

Where:  Bare Oaks, East Gwillimbury, Ontario

*Not all locations are wheel chair accessible. Please inquire about accessibility.

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Media Contact:  Teresa Ascencao