Est-Nord-Est (ENE) is an artist-run centre whose mission is to provide an international community of artists and authors in contemporary art with support by offering space and time for research and experimentation, as well as privileged access to local resources and knowhow. The centre is situated in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, a village on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, in a unique geographic and historical locale. The predominant aspects of the landscapes are farms, forests, and the river. Saint-Jean-Port-Joli is situated 115 km from Quebec City and 350 km from Montreal. Originally based on the idea of encounters between sculptors with contemporary practices and those using regional traditional skills, ENE now welcomes contemporary visual-arts artists from all disciplines.
The work and living spaces are common to all residents, and so the authors may immerse themselves in the art that is being made. Residents have an opportunity to explore their research more deeply, to experiment, and to create in a cultural space that is unique, lively, and stimulating. ENE is a member of Res Artis, Pépinières européennes de création and of the Regroupement des centres d’artistes autogérés.
Artists and authors have access to their individual studio space, a woodwork shop, metal shop, specialized equipment for wood, metal, and ceramics, technical and logistical support, a documentation centre, and local ressources.
The artists and author live together at Est-Nord-Est, where they each have their own studio-workshop to be used for work and lodging. The residency has five studio-workshops, a kitchen, a living room, four bathrooms and a laundry room. Residents also have access to a bicycle, and local transportation organized by ENE in winter.
Est-Nord-Est is situated in the village of Saint-Jean-Port-Joli on the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River, about 115 kms from Quebec City, 350 km from Montreal. The region presents a unique mixture of forest, a strong agricultural presence and the atmosphere of the waterway.