Free transfers from Thonon-les-Bains rail station.
WiFi/ipod docking/home cinema.
Towels and linen are supplied, Rooms are cleaned once per week.
Weekly trip to the supermarket.
Transport, food, accommodation cost (see below) and travel/health insurance are the artist’s responsibility.
Prices depend on the room chosen, given in EUROS for one person, from 300 to 800 for two weeks, or 550 to 1500 for one month. The individual room details are on the booking form and can be seen on website: www.mountain-eco.com. Note that the prices indicated on www.mountain-eco.com are not the ones of the residency (Chalet Chatelet subsidises artists as part of its support for the artist community).
Additional person: 250€ per 2 weeks/ 500€ per month. 50% deposit on acceptance and balance payable 6 weeks before arrival date.
Submissions directly to [email protected] including completed booking form together with CV/résumé, a word document of letter of intent while staying at the residency, and either a small selection of jpeg image files of recent work, a short video link or website.
The aim of Chalet Châtelet Art Residency is to support and encourage international artists & writers to exchange ideas and energy in a peaceful environment conducive to creativity.
Residents are required to take part in the end of month exhibition, including a presentation in whichever municipal building is appropriate for their working medium. Art work donations are welcome, but not mandatory.
The residency offers accommodation in a luxury ecologically built chalet on the edge of the tranquil hamlet of Bonnevaux surrounded by agricultural land; offering one of four double private bedrooms + a single annex on a self-catered basis, shared living area with an 18m2 (190 square ft) southwest facing balcony, kitchen facilities and laundry room. Three bedrooms have en suite bathroom/shower. Each bedroom is has its own special characteristics, reflected in the different prices.
Furnished rooms of various sizes:
1) Double with shared bathroom
2) Double/twin with hand basin, shared bathroom
3) Double/twin with en suite facilities bath & toilet
4) Double with en suite facilities bath, shower & toilet
5) Curtained-off single annex with shower
There is an acre of garden with a 360° mountain panorama and shared studio spaces in open outbuilding at the artists’ disposal, as well as access to a workshop. Use of various common studio spaces, including 1000ft2 space in former school, located in the village within walking distance, also used for end of residency exhibition along with other municipal buildings.
Le Châtelet is located on the site of a medieval fortified castle already in ruin by 1555. The village of Bonnevaux is part of an agricultural cheese-making community in the ski area of the Portes du Soleil. The nearest town of Abondance has shops, bars and restaurant is 5km/3 miles from the chalet in La Vallée d’Abondance. The whole area, called Le Chablais, is steeped in history in the heart of Old Europe with its ancient buildings, stories of battles and border disputes. It is a region of visual and intellectual inspiration with the stunning lake and mountain scenery, local fauna and flora, historic castles and a medieval village on Lake Geneva and colourful local markets. Close to the borders of Switzerland, Italy and Germany, the residency is just over one hour from Geneva airport or train station, or 25 minutes from Thonon-les-Bains SNCF train station on Lake Geneva. It is also easily accessible by car, with ample parking in the grounds.
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