La Barre Artist Residency
The La Barre Artist Residency is an artist-run initiative positioned on a small slice of rural french country side in Chalais, France. Australian born artist, Christopher Jewitt and curator, Philippa Gell has joined in creating this artist experience with their shared knowledge in the arts community. Offering a property that has been long enjoyed by artists known to the organisation, now is the time they wish to open our doors to dedicated artists of the broader community. Giving opportunity and free range to explore your practice and projects within a creatively nurturing environment. Located in the Parc Naturel Regional De La Brenne the Residency provides emerging and mid-career artists with a large shared studio; access to a shared workshop with a wide range of power operated and handheld tools; and large plein air painting stretches. They have fifteen acres of land and have outdoor facilities for artists for many disciplines. The land and fields are bordered by river and part of the area is shaded in a wooded hill.
La Barre is a place for innovation and experimentation, offering an immersive environment, intercultural reciprocity and professional support. Emerging and mid-career artists are welcome to apply.
The residency does not follow a set program, rather it provides the time, space and a serene atmosphere for artists to engage in free thought, unimpeded critical and creative development. The property has daily activities that artists are welcome to partake in. These include gardening, animal care and upkeep, wine, spirit and liqueur making, curing meats, pickling vegetables and bread making - to name but a few.
Located in a rural region outings are a welcome cultural experience, for artists to engage with the local community and meet some of the local gallerists in the region.
There is a large indoor studio available, which would be shared depending on other applicants time at the property.
They also offer multiple spots en plein air, within the forest, which are set up with stretches, desk and platform. Other outdoors variations based on the needs of your project are welcome for proposal.
There are two bedrooms onsite within an original building on the property. These living facilities are simple, charming and cater for all necessities. They do not have wheelchair access.
Basic English language skills are preferred, but not integral. They speak limited French at La Barre.