DRAW - Freedom to Roam - 2018

DRAW - Freedom to Roam - 2018

DRAWinternational offers artists the opportunity for sustained concentration in a supportive professional studio environment. The centre is in the heart of a small medieval village, a rural community with a growing number of artists and craftspeople. DRAWinternational is a non-profit organisation that caters for creative people in pursuit of new and dynamic form, in preparation for exhibition, publication or postgraduate qualification.

The AiR programme aims to support artists in their professional practice/research and encourage creative exchange. Artists are selected on the quality of their residency proposal, it's relevance to DRAW's philosophy and the environment and evidence of previous artistic work. The centre organises events (exhibitions, open workshops and seminars/presentations) to promote it's activities and share creative experience and opportunities within the public domain.

Drawing Research Action Works welcomes proposals from artists of all nationalities and disciplines who use drawing as a significant dimension to their creative practice. This also includes writers, musicians and scientists.

Artists are accommodated in self catering apartments with private rooms at the “l'ancienne gendarmerie" and also at the centre.  The centre provides weekday evening meals for all artists and uses fresh local produce in order to create delicious menus that incorporate regional specialities. Artists are allocated individual studio spaces to suit particular project requirements both at the "gendarmerie" and at the centre with unlimited access. Additional facilities include, flexible studio space for large scale works / installation / performance / music, technical workshop, etching press, top loading kiln and technical assistance. Data projector for public presentation.

Artist are required to raise their own funds, the organizers will provide the necessary documentation to support applications for funding and references for future career opportunities. A stipend is offered to particular projects selected by the board.

The fee 1750€ (1 month residency) covers :

  • Private bedroom in self catering apartment with shared kitchen, bathroom, dining/sitting room and gardens.
  • Fine quality French cuisine (evening meal on weekdays)
  • Individual studio
  • Academic support and regular discussion of work and access to relevant documentation.
  • Documentation of studio practice.
  • Daily support for artists to encourage integration within the community.
  • Editing and translation of written text.
  • Organisation and promotion of Open Studios at the end of the residency for the public.
  • Promotion of the artists residency via DRAWinternational's website, radio and local newspapers.
  • Cultural visits.

Expectations towards the artist:

  • An open attitude in order to engage in new perspectives/experiences/challenges and to facilitate reflection and communication.
  • Artists are encouraged to integrate and build a rapport within the community to maintain the genuine interest in DRAWinternational's activities and each artists' particular contribution.

Deadline for applying is 15th June. Please contact the organizers for the application process.