The Castle – Art and research residencies

The Castle – Art and research residencies

The Centre international d’art et du paysage (Haute-Vienne/Creuse) has launched at the end of 2012 a programme of artists and researchers' residencies in the Castle on Vassivière Island. The singular history of Lake Vassivière, the striking character of this artificial island's landscape, the cultural assets of the plateau de Millevaches area and the superb renovation of this space
combine to provide a remarkable setting for artists and researchers, for reflection and experimentation. The Castle – home to this art and research residency programme organised by the art centre as a complement to the exhibitions and the Sculpture Wood – is intended to foster inspiration and the shaping of projects in a time frame marked by shifting seasons and climates.

For the 11th season of residencies, art historians are invited to apply for a residency by submitting a research project about the history of sculpture parks in Europe and the renewal of this model from the example of the Sculpture Wood on Vassivière Island. Founded in 1983 and now composed of 60 open air works in the public sphere, the Sculpture Wood reflects today's
principal trends, from permanent to temporary, from monumental to more discreet pieces, such as those of Gilles Clément, Yona Friedman, Andy Goldsworthy, Koo Jeong A, Victor Man, Olivier Mosset, Hans-Walter Müller, David Nash, Michaël Sailstorfer, Erik Samakh, Oscar Tuazon etc. Today the Art Centre is developing a new project to expand itself out of the Island by commissioning works out of the lake’s shore. The institution is also engaged in a thinking process on the renewal of the sculpture park model, by linking its commissioning activity to rural contemporary issues, particularly through the residency programme.

The residency programme is open to a researcher, art historian or theorist, art critic... for a research project about the history of Vassiviere Sculpture Wood, for a residency that will take place from the 10th of April until the 28th of July 2017. In the course of the season the resident will be asked to work with the Art Centre team on ways and means of involving the public: studio open days, talks, readings, performances, educational events etc.

Accommodation: The resident is provided with furnished accommodation in the Castle. There are three separate facilities with large beds, one of which can house a family. Each accommodation unit includes a fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom/toilet. Sheets, towels and crockery are provided. Heating is geothermal and there is a shared laundry.

Workspaces: Resident share open-plan work areas totalling 192 sq. metres on several different levels in the Castle, with heating, phone and Internet connection. Architect-designed more as
research and inspiration spaces than as actual artists' studios, these areas offer no audio-visual equipment or technical tools. According to his availability, the installation manager can offer
technical support to residents.

Residence allowance: The resident receives living expenses of 500 euros taxes included per month. His or her presence is not required full time, but the full amount on expenses can only be
paid if the resident is present for at least half of the residency duration, continuously or otherwise. In addition the Art Centre covers travel costs between the resident's home and Vassiviere island up to a total amount of 300 euros.

Support for residents: The Art Centre helps the resident in his/her project and in getting acquainted with the local area and its people. It provides intellectual and logistical backup via
the skills of its team and its equipment. In addition the Art Centre can bring a production fee of maximum 500 euros, which may be used before the end of the residency to finance the project
for which the artist/researcher has been selected.

Getting there: The candidate should not fear isolation. Nearest station (13 km): Eymoutiers-Vassivière. Airport: Limoges (70 km). Vassivière Island (70 hectares) is set in a 1000-hectare artificial lake, 700 metres above sea level on the Millevaches Plateau, in the Nouvelle Aquitaine Region. At the convergence of the Haute-Vienne and Creuse departments, it is part of the Beaumont-du-Lac municipality, 60 km from Limoges.

Transport: A driving licence is a major asset. The Art Centre provides a car for the resident to share, together and the team of the Art Centre, with a flat-rate contribution towards gasoline
expenses (1 full by month).

Eligibility: The residency programme is open to of any nationality. There is no age limit. The candidates must provide a tax number and specify the country in which they pay taxes. They recommend to the applicants to possess a valid driver’s licence.

Applications – in French or English – are to be sent exclusively by email The subject line should be marked "Sculpture park residency”. Applications are limited to three attachments in PDF format. Maximum total attachments size: 10MB. Deadline for application is 19th March 2017:

  • Portfolio presentation of recent work (excerpts of published catalogue texts and articles)
  • Full CV/résumé listing degrees/diplomas, exhibitions, publications, residencies, grants, etc., and including full contact details (postal address, email address, phone number), date and place of birth, current place of residence, work status (Social Security information and other relevant details).
  • A statement of intent for the residency, in response to the thematic of the programme (max. 500 words).