At Home with Vanley Burke

Our friends at the Art Fund need your help to move the entire contents of photographer Vanley Burke’s flat, including his archive, to the Ikon Gallery for a brilliant new exhibition!

Vanley Burke is a renowned photographer concerned especially with black culture in Britain; he was born in Jamaica in 1951 and has lived in Birmingham since 1965. Alongside his numerous exhibitions, Burke is also an avid collector – his archive is vast and varied, including posters, books, clothes, records, ornaments and countless other items that provide a fascinating and invaluable insight into the UK’s African Caribbean communities.

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New Year’s Awards Night

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14 destinations, over 100 holidays, almost 1000 guests and we’ve lost count of the number of bottles of wine!

Over the past three years we’ve seen you guys take some cracking shots on our holidays, so we’re hosting an awards evening to honour your talents and say thank you for your loyal custom. On the night you’ll have the chance to reunite with Frui faces from your holidays while enjoying a few glasses of vino and, who knows, perhaps even a boogie!

So, if you’ve joined us on holiday since 2012 then it’s time to pick your best photos and email them to us for a chance to win! We’ll be showing off your photographs throughout the evening and announcing the winners on the night!

Where and when

Jewel Bar, Covent Garden, 23rd January 2015 from 7pm (winners announced at 8pm)

Categories

People in their environment

Details that tell a story

Bags of personality

Country in a nutshell

Mega landscapes

Prizes (Yay!)

The winner of each category will win a print of their photograph, a £100 Frui holiday voucher and a steamy smooch from James. One of the lucky category winners will also win a £400 Frui Holiday voucher!

The rules (Boo!)

You can enter JUST ONE image per category by emailing hello@frui.co.uk. Images must be emailed one at a time with the category in the subject line. Images must be no larger than 5MGB and no smaller than 2MGB. Any images smaller or larger will be discounted. All photos must have been taken on a 2012, 2013 or 2014 Frui holiday. Deadline for entries is 15th January 2015.

Judges

All entries will be judged by Frui co-founder and best-selling author of Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs, Henry Carroll. Frui’s head of photography and travel photographer, Filip Gierlinski. Frui tutor and travel photographer, Simon Tupper.

RSVP essential

Even if you haven’t been away with us over the past three years we’d love you to join us on the night! Please reserve your spot by emailing hello@frui.co.uk. Good luck everyone and we look forward to seeing you and your pics on the night!

New Year’s Awards Ceremony
14 destinations, over 100 holiday, almost 1000 guests and we’ve lost count of the number of bottles of wine!
Over the past three years we’ve seen you guys take some cracking shots on our holidays, so we’re hosting an awards evening to honour your talents and say thank you for your loyal custom. On the night you’ll have the chance to reunite with Frui faces from your holidays while enjoying a few glasses of vino and, who knows, perhaps even a boogie!
So, if you’ve joined us on holiday since 2012 then it’s time to pick your best photos and email them to us for a chance to win! We’ll be showing off your photographs throughout the evening and announcing the winners on the night!
Where and when
Jewel Bar, Covent Garden, 23rd January 2015 from 7pm (awards announced at 9pm)
Categories
People in their environment
Details that tell a story
Bags of personality
Country in a nutshell
Mega landscapes
Prizes
The winner of each category will win a print of their photograph, a £100 Frui holiday voucher and a steamy smooch from James. One of the lucky category winners will also win a £400 Frui Holiday voucher!
The rules
You can enter JUST ONE image per category by emailing hello@frui.co.uk. Images must be emailed one at a time with the category in the subject line. Images must be no larger than 5MGB and no smaller than 2MGB. Any images smaller or larger will be discounted. All photos must have been taken on a 2012, 2013 or 2014 Frui holiday. Deadline for entries is 15th January 2015.
Judges
All entries will be judged by Frui co-founder and best-selling author of Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs, Henry Carroll. Frui’s head of photography and travel photographer, Filip Gierlinski. Frui tutor and travel photographer, Simon Tupper.

‘Picture Picks’ by James Lockett

Each month we’re asking one of our tutors to tell us about a picture or painting that has inspired them. This month we asked Frui Director, James Lockett, about his painting…

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© Jason Martin

Process painting is when the subject of the painting is about how the painting is made. It usually involves experimentation with techniques and the paint itself.

As a painter I am less interested in using paint as a medium to depict something, and much more interested in how the physical paint interacts with the surface – how does a painter paint a picture of nothing? These are the questions that excite me, and it’s something that forced the modernist painters in the 50s and 60s to the point of destruction.

In this painting by Jason Martin he made a huge metal comb which he dragged in one solid movement across the face of an aluminium ‘canvas’ thickly coated in paint. It’s in a similar vein to the ‘action painters’ such as Jackson Pollock. But where Martin is different is in his relationship to time. He does not use spontaneous gestures, but slowly reworks his image over time. You get a real sense of layering. The paint becomes the subject.

Martin’s is a painters painting. It’s not afraid of the past and the difficult questions which the medium often has to answer. It very much lives in the present. It’s really about nothing other than the paint and you, but at the same time adds up to more than the sum of its parts. That’s why, for me, it’s a really great painting.

Interview with Frui founder, James Lockett

Have you always been interested in travel?
I guess you could say that growing up family holidays were always a little bit eccentric. Whether it was trekking in Africa, sailing around the Galapagos Islands or staying in the Amazon rainforest, I was always made aware of the amazing places that existed in the world which made me want to explore more.
How did you get involved in the travel industry?
Kind of by accident really! While I was an Art teacher I did a lot of travelling and on one particular Italian cooking trip I got talking with the tour organizer who told me that I should start running painting holidays. He said he would help me to sort it out, and invited me back to look around his province in Italy, the rest as they say is history!
What do you look for in a new destination?
I’m always looking out for unusual destinations where people can really experience something quite different to what they’re used too. For example, our new trip to Ethiopia is a really amazing location full of epic Grand Canyon style landscapes and African Medieval castles. It’s been a real pleasure introducing this amazing country to people whose opinions up until now have been of a famine stricken country.
What’s the most fulfilling aspect of a first trip to a new destination?
I guess for me its all about the ‘buzz’ moments, on every trip there are certain points when you just think, ‘wow! How did I end up here?!’ Its those special moments, whether it be dancing with Kurdish locals in a bar in Istanbul, or staring over an amazing landscape at the sunset in Italy that make it really worthwhile.
Whats the weirdest situation you’ve ever been in on a Frui holiday?
We used to do trips to Syria, before the conflict broke out. It is an amazing country and we really miss it! On one particular trip, on a very quiet afternoon, shortly before the conflict broke out the guests went off to shoot their photo projects in the old square in the Allepo. A few minutes later a pro-Assad rally erupted in the square! After making sure that everyone was safe, we let the guests continue the project. Man, did we come away with some amazing documentary style shots!
Where is your ideal next Frui destination?
Space! This April Fools Day we created a spoof photography course called ‘Frui’s Intergalactic Photography course’ and advertised it on our Social Media channels. We got a lot of tongue in cheek interest, and it got me thinking! Maybe one day we’ll be approached by a gazillionaire who loves the idea and they’ll sponsor us. If not, I’ll just carry on taking pictures at home in my space suit…

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Frui founder, James Lockett, gives us an insight into choosing destinations and his favourite Frui memories…

Have you always been interested in travel?

I guess you could say that when growing up family holidays were always a little bit eccentric. Whether it was trekking in Africa, sailing around the Galapagos Islands or staying in the Amazon rainforest, I was always made aware of the amazing places that existed in the world which made me want to explore more.

How did you get involved in the travel industry?

Kind of by accident really! While I was an art teacher I did a lot of travelling and on one particular Italian cooking trip I got talking with the tour organizer who told me that I should start running painting holidays in a little known region of Italy called Abruzzo. He said he would help me to sort it out and invited me back to look around Abruzzo. The rest as they say is history!

What do you look for in a new destination?

I’m always looking out for unusual destinations where people can really experience something quite different to what they’re used to. For example, our new trip to Ethiopia is a really amazing location full of epic Grand Canyon style landscapes and medieval castles. It’s been a real pleasure introducing this amazing country to people whose opinions up until now have been of a famine stricken country.

What’s the most fulfilling aspect of a first trip to a new destination?

I guess for me it’s all about the ‘buzz’ moments. On every trip there are certain points when you just think, ‘Wow! How did I end up here!’ It’s those special moments, whether it is dancing with Kurdish locals in a bar in Istanbul or staring over an amazing Italian landscape at sunset, these are the moments that make it really worthwhile.

Whats the weirdest situation you’ve ever been in on a Frui holiday?

We used to do trips to Syria, before the conflict broke out. It is an amazing country and we really miss it! On one particular trip, on a very quiet afternoon, shortly before the conflict broke out the guests went off to shoot their photo projects in the old square in Aleppo. A few minutes later a pro-Assad rally erupted in the square! After making sure that everyone was safe, we let the guests continue the project. Man did we come away with some amazing documentary style shots!

Where is your ideal next Frui destination?

Space! This April Fools Day we created a spoof photography course called ‘Frui’s Intergalactic Photography Holiday’ and advertised it on our Social Media channels. We got a lot of tongue in cheek interest, and it got me thinking! Maybe one day we’ll be approached by a gazillionaire who loves the idea and they’ll sponsor us. If not, I’ll just carry on taking pictures at home in my space suit…

Win tickets to the opening night of the Affordable Art Fair!

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Following the success of our burlesque life drawing event at last November’s Affordable Art Fair in Battersea, we’re partnering up again on this month’s fair in Hampstead!

They’re a generous bunch at the Affordable Art Fair and they’ve given Frui 20 passes to the fair’s exclusive opening night on 11 June in Hampstead. To bag a pass for you and a friend, all you have to do is complete this sentence:

I love Frui because…

The best 10 responses will be awarded two free passes. Closing date for entries is midday on Friday 6 June. Please email your completed sentences to kirsty@frui.co.uk and write AFF COMPETITION in the subject line. Good luck Frusters!

Half price tickets!

If you can’t muster the imagination to complete the sentence above, or, god forbid, you DON’T LOVE FRUI, you can still buy half price tickets to the fair (excludes opening night on 11 June). All you have to do is use the exclusive offer code ‘learnaboutart’ when buying your tickets via the Affordable Art Fair’s website.

40% off art & design books by Laurence King!

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Our friends at Laurence King Publishing are offering Frui subscribers a whopping discount on ALL their books (art, fashion, photography, architecture, crafts & more) until the end of May.

To claim your 40% discount simply head to their website www.laurenceking.com, pop your items in your basket and enter the code ‘FRUI40′ at checkout. (LKP offer free P&P in the UK too).

Interview with Frui founder, Henry Carroll

What’s different about the tuition people receive with Frui?
No matter what you’re learning – painting, cooking or photography – it’s all made really fun. We don’t fixate on the technical aspects too much. That’s not to say we don’t cover them. We do, but it’s important not to get too bogged down in technical stuff, as that can stifle your creativity. We make sure that people learn the fundamentals and then encourage them to get creative. I suppose where we’re really different is that we make things super simple, so people ‘get it’ straight away.
How do you choose your tutors?
Besides the obvious things like being knowledgeable about their subject area, we look for people who are instantly likeable and communicate their passion clearly and concisely with enthusiasm. A Frui tutor also needs to have lots of energy and go the extra mile to make sure everyone understands what they’re banging on about. A high tolerance to alcohol is also a must.
Do the tutors have different teaching styles?
Yes, of course. We have our fixed worksheets, but each tutor brings their own personality to the workshop or holiday. We’re all different, but we all agree that photography, painting and cooking is an excuse to have fun and be creative!
How do holiday destinations effect what guest’s learn?
We always tailor our worksheets to the destinations. For example, on our Istanbul photography holidays we tend to focus on architectural and street photography. We also introduce guests to the idea of capturing contrasts, as that’s an intrinsic part of understanding the city. In more rural detonations we tend to look at landscape. Depending on the destination, there might be a more traditional emphasis, such as Kerry in southern Ireland, or contemporary, such as Mexico. Everything is designed to give guests a greater insight into a destination so they can respond to it creatively.
What’s your teaching background?
I had a baptism of fire! I taught A’level photography at a sixth form college. In a digital age the students had no patience for the darkroom, which was all the college had at the time. To hold their attention I had to come up with ways to make things quick, easy, fun and creative. When we started Frui, I used the same techniques I’d learnt in the classroom on adults. In fact, if anything, adults get even more distracted than kids, especially if there’s Prosecco being poured.
Where did the inspiration for your book come from?
These days people are just as interested in learning about historical and contemporary photography masters as they were about learning techniques. No book existed that covered these two things. Existing books were all very techie, wordy and full of forgettable pictures. So I set about making something that was really concise, emphasised the creative aspects of photography and full of incredible images.
Have you ever had any student success stories?
Lots! We’ve had people join our holidays who were working in IT or finance and now they’ve given it all up to pursue their creative passion. There are lots of people who also get their photographs featured in magazines and on websites. It’s always great to see!

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We caught up with Frui founder, Henry Carroll, in Australia to ask him a few questions about what you can expect to learn on our holidays and courses. Here’s what he had to say…

What’s different about the tuition people receive with Frui?

No matter what you’re learning – painting, cooking or photography – it’s all made really fun. We don’t fixate on the technical aspects too much. That’s not to say we don’t cover them. We do, but it’s important not to get too bogged down in technical stuff, as that can stifle your creativity. We make sure that you learn the fundamentals and then encourage you to get creative. I suppose where we’re really different is that we make things super simple, so you ‘get it’ straight away.

How do you choose your tutors?

Besides the obvious things like being knowledgeable about their subject area, we look for people who are instantly likeable and communicate their passion clearly and concisely with enthusiasm. A Frui tutor also needs to have lots of energy and go the extra mile to make sure everyone understands what they’re banging on about. A high tolerance to alcohol is also a must.

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Do the tutors have different teaching styles?

Yes, of course. We have our fixed worksheets, but each tutor brings their own personality to the workshop or holiday. We’re all different, but we all agree that photography, painting and cooking is an excuse to have fun and be creative!

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How do holiday destinations affect what guest’s learn?

We always tailor our worksheets to the destinations. For example, on our Istanbul photography holidays we tend to focus on architectural and street photography. We also introduce guests to the idea of capturing contrasts, as that’s an intrinsic part of understanding the city. In more rural detonations we tend to look at landscape. Depending on the destination, there might be a more traditional emphasis, such as Kerry in southern Ireland, or contemporary, such as Mexico. Everything we teach is designed to give guests a greater insight into a destination so they can respond to it creatively.

What’s your teaching background?

I had a baptism of fire! I taught A’level photography at a sixth form college. In a digital age the students had no patience for the darkroom, which was all the college had at the time. To hold their attention I had to come up with ways to make things quick, easy, fun and creative. When we started Frui, I used the same techniques I’d learnt in the classroom on adults. In fact, if anything, adults get even more distracted than kids, especially if there’s Prosecco being poured.

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Where did the inspiration for your book come from?

These days people are just as interested in learning about historical and contemporary photography masters as they were about learning techniques. No book existed that covered these two things. Existing books were all very techie, wordy and full of forgettable pictures. So I set about making something that was really concise, emphasised the creative aspects of photography and full of incredible images. It also draws people’s attention to the psychological aspects of picture taking, which is something that’s often overlooked.

Have you ever had any student success stories?

Lots! We’ve had people who worked in IT or finance who have given it all up to pursue their creative passion. Others have become their company’s in-house photographers. Lots of people get their photographs featured in magazines and on websites which is always great to see. I also had an email the other day from someone I taught in Marrakech saying they are now doing a photography degree!

Henry Carroll is the co-founder of Frui and author of the top 10 bestselling book, ‘Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs’. Use the discount code ‘READTHIS’ and save 35% on your copy here!

£20 Off Voucher!

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We’re kind folk here at Frui HQ, and we love to give our great customers an excuse to book a course with us (not that you need one)!

As a special treat we’re giving you a £20 voucher which can be used against any courses in April! Just email us with your preferred course with the code ‘APRILOFFER’.

Proud Partners of the Affordable Art Fair!

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We’re always on the look out for ways to encourage people to engage with the arts and get creative themselves. So what better way to spread some art love than to partner with this year’s Affordable Art Fair in Battersea Park! We’ve got something really special planned for the opening night on 12 March. We can’t say too much at the moment, but if you’re lucky enough to have an invite you’ll definitely not miss us on the night!

Get your discounted ticket!

If you can’t make it on the opening night, fear not, because the fair runs until 16 March. They’re a nice bunch at the The Affordable Art Fair and they’ve offered Frusters an exclusive discount on tickets. Buy yours here and enter the code ‘MAKEART’. This promo code can be used more than once, so do feel free to share with your friends. (Please note that a small booking fee applies, and that the offer is valid at all times excluding the Charity Private View)

Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs – SAVE 35%

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Calling all shutterbugs! You’ll love this brilliant new book by Frui founder, Henry Carroll! It’s a cracking introduction to essential techniques and the work of inspirational photographers. Better still, buy it here using the exclusive discount code ‘READTHIS’ and get 35% off!

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