The Tournefou association is a manager and organiser of the property "Le Domaine du Tournefou" in the Aube department (10190 Palis), where a group of organisers, educators and artists work together, with partners in France and abroad. The association conducts actions around two poles :
- Actions of exchange between the public and the artits: they welcome all year round a public of all ages and social backgrounds for exhibitions, artistic training. They promote actions of mediations linked with exhibitions and meetings, concerts, shows, conferences etc.
- Actions more specifically turned towards artists: the artistic residences.
Particularly dedicated to the fields of reasearch and creation, initiator of a new form of artistic and cultural development, the Tournefou domain (simply called "the Tournefou") has a vocation to be a home of confidence for artists who came to experiment an artistic presence in rural territory. The Tournefou, being a pluridisciplinary place of production and exhibitions, also allows the artist possibilities to meet with the population, the environment, places of art and culture (such as the Camille Claudel Museum of sculptures in Nogent-sur-Seine or the Museum of Modern Art in Troyes, etc.) and partners of the Tournefou's program.
During their stay in the residency, meetings and mediation workshops may be organised in agreement with the artists. At the end of their stay, artists are invited to present all or part of their works, on the occasion of "meeting with an artist" day.
There are three workshops for three artists-in-residences of 25 m2. The workshops are particularly dedicated to the disciplines of image (such as painting, cinema, photography, drawing), writing (poetry, literature), sculpture, etc.
There are three residences. Each residence has :
- private bedroom (about 18 m2)
- private bathroom
- private lounge corner with small kitchen and its equipment (15 m2), so that the artist may take meals on their own
- washing machine is at your disposal to wash your clothes and towels
- private workshop (25m2)
- common lounge corner with library
- common park and garden
- common dining room, when meals are taken together
- free WIFI connection
Wall covering inside wokshops enables the artist to hang painting canvases, drawings and other canvases in graphic arts technics. Workshops are provided with modular tables (tresles and boards) and chairs. They are electric plugs for lamps and other electric appliances. Workshops are heated in the winter. Library books and computer equipment (printer, scanner etc.) are provided upon request at the residences' office.
The residencies "La Ruelle des artistes" ("Artists' Walk') are an extension to a recently restored 18th century champenois farmhouse. 'La Ruelle des artistes' looks out onto a large garden with lawns and trees, following with a view onto fields and a forest nearby. There are a baker's and confectionner's shop, a café-restaurant and a postal box in Palis. Nearest "Banking facilities", a chemist and other proximity shops, including supermakets, are in Aix-en-Othe (at 7 km). A traditional outdoor market is displayed in Aix-en-Othe on Wednesdays and Saturdays. There is no train station in Palis and transports are not numerous. The nearest train stations are in Nogent-sur-Seine and Troyes.