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Call for Applications - Spring Residency in SW France

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What Makes this event different?

Situated in the market town of Nérac, in the stunning Lot-et-Garonne region, on the northern edge of Gascony. Here you will find the ‘real’ unspoilt France. The town is vibrant and the property is less than a ten-minute walk to shops, cafes, bars, weekly market, library, theatre, music hall, cinema, supermarkets, old town and Château. As for the surrounding area … it’s extremely beautiful! Medieval Villages are surrounded by lush green rolling hills that lead your eye to the horizon via sunflower fields, orchards and vines. The perfect place to slow down and focus without feeling isolated.

Studio Faire is a contemporary art space in South West France, providing residencies for artists, writers, musicians and all other types of creative practitioner.

Your hosts have many skills between them. Colin Usher is a Photographer and Digital Media expert and Julia Douglas a Mixed Media Artist (specialising in Textiles and Screen-print) and a Web Designer. They are also well connected in the area and willing to share their knowledge and contacts with you during your stay. There will most likely be other creative residents at Studio Faire during your stay with whom you can share information and ask for feedback.

If you would like us to host an open studio, talk or informal gathering to show the work developed during your residency, we are happy to help arrange and market this with you.

A professional photoshoot of you, your work and your event is also included.

Residents live and work in the house, studios and gardens of Studio Faire, a Maison de maître built around 1840 and still retaining its period characteristics. Rooms and studios are spacious and mature gardens offer private, shaded space for work and play. This place is special!

Studio / workspace
The artist studio space is situated in the old garage. It is cool and spacious, with it's own sink and North facing glazed garage doors. It can be accessed from the bedrooms and kitchen. Two giant attached workshops, plus another external building in the garden, can also provide great space for larger sculptural projects or messy work and the large walled garden is enclosed, offering private, shaded space for reading or drawing under the mature trees.

We also have a studio best suited to clean work (for writers, dancers, musicians, etc.) It’s large and has the most stunning marble fireplace. It has two windows onto the front of the house and one glass door out onto the garden, so plenty of light. 

Dates: 28 March - 25 April

This 4 week self-directed residency is a self-funded residency for 1 person. Rates include a private double bedroom, and shared shower room with toilet, studio space, kitchen, dining room and gardens. A professional photoshoot of your work and yourselves and a public showing of your work are also included. 4 weeks for 1 person is 960€.

Expectations towards the artist
As this is a self-funded residency, we have no expectations towards the artist and hope that this supportive environment, without the pressure to produce, will aid creativity, experimentation and the development of new ideas. Though we will assist you in showing the work you create during your residency through an exhibition, talk or informal gathering should you wish, this is completely optional.

Application information
Please visit our website to find out more and to apply.


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