Each artist in residence receives a flat-rate allowance in respect of costs which are not otherwise covered, notably those of food. This allowance amounts to 3,000 Euros for the Spring residencies (3 months), and 1,500 Euros for the shorter Autumn stays (6 weeks).
The costs of travel from home to Saint-CirqLapopie and back are reimbursed to a maximum of 200 Euros on production of the relevant tickets.
A contribution to the costs of producing works is made on the basis of a global sum per group of artists which can be distributed according to the balance of needs. All the costs of communication relating to the residency (publicity, invitation cards, receptions, publications, catalogues, mailings and private views) are covered by Association and its partners.
Residencies are open to artists of all ages and from every field of art. They may be from France or from other countries, and must have had either advanced training or a commensurate professional experience in art.
Admission requirements: Application procedure must be received before September, every year, by post. All applications must be printed on paper and in .pdf version burned on a CD/DVD. Applications sent by email will not be accepted. Incomplete applications will not be accepted or considered. The selection will be made in October on the basis of the applications submitted.
Find here (p.16) the full list of documents to submit: Maisons Daura presentation (.pdf)
The Maisons Daura, named after the painter Pierre Daura* (1896-1976) form a remarkable architectural complex, restored by the Midi-Pyrenées Region, in one of France’s most beautiful villages, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie. Since March 2005 a centre for research and innovation in all artistic disciplines has been accommodated in the houses.
They offer a working and meeting space far from the trials and tribulations of city life, where artists and researchers from different backgrounds can develop new projects and hammer out forms that reflect the world in which we live.
The output of the Autumn residencies offer opportunities for partnerships with the cultural institutions of the area in Cajarc, Cahors, Figeac, Toulouse and beyond. The Contemporary art circuit every summer also presents the works created during the preceding Spring residency to an ever-widening public, and is part of the programme of the Regional network for contemporary art, in collaboration with the FRAC (the Regional Fund for contemporary arts) at Les Abbatoirs in Toulouse.
Two separate buildings can accommodate up to six people at a time. Artists are provided free of charge for the period of the residency with a furnished living space equipped with tableware, linen etc.
Individual living spaces are available, as well as individual and shared studios.
On level 0, the large room opening onto the street can be used as a studio or a public exhibition space, as can also the vaulted mezzanine room. These are spaces for dialogue and didactic exploration, where groups of children or adults can be welcomed when they visit the artists in residence.
Level 2 has a multimedia studio equipped with two computers with image and sound-processing software, DVDburner, scanner and printer. On the same level there is a large light studio with worktables, chairs and a sink.
Utility vehicule available for work-related purposes, phone (for landlines in France) and internet
The village of Saint-Cirq is situated in the Lot valley between Figeac and Cahors. There is a newsagent and tobacconist with bread deliveries (only in the summer period) on the village square. The nearest supermarket is 20 km away in Cajarc; there are shops with materials, tools and equipment and hypermarkets in Cahors and Figeac. Artist’s materials shop in Toulouse.
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