The writing and creation residence set up by the Losseau Foundation and the Literature Sector of the Province of Hainaut is located in Mons (Belgium), on the site of the Maison Losseau, an Art Nouveau private mansion with a museum vocation and a contemporary building comprising an interpretation center, some exhibition(s) rooms and a literature center that contains some literary archives writers from Hainaut such as (Marcel Moreau, Claire Lejeune, Fernand Dumont…).
The new writing and creation residency project extend and completes the Losseau Foundation’s and the literature sector’s missions in the field of heritage promotion and, above all, assistance to literary creation, in connection with other forms of artistic expression. They wish to support writers (poets, novelists, playwrights, essayists) and researchers by offering them the opportunity to extract themselves, over a limited period of time, from everyday life and by inviting them to explore, without this being restrictive or limiting, the resources made available to them on the site, in particular the rich literary or historical archives, from which they can draw inspiration to develop an original project.
The Maison Losseau team will provide them the material necessary for the creative process. It will be committed to facilitating cultural exchanges and dialogue between the residents, the artists supported by the Performing and Plastic Arts Sectors of the Province of Hainaut, the creators and the inhabitants of the Hainaut territory.
Applications are open to writers, poets, playwrights, as well as researchers working in the field of archival science, literature, symbolism or Art Nouveau. The objectives of the residency program are:
- To promote literary research and production,
- Opening up a new field of transdisciplinary archives exploration,
- Support the dialogue between literary and artistic creation in plastic arts, performing arts, music, etc.,
- To enrich the experience of the resident and the population by encouraging exchanges.
Predisposition to show the work accomplished during the stay to the population and the public of the Maison Losseau in the form of lectures, readings, workshops, performances etc.
The Maison Losseau provides the resident with a free bicycle and a studio located on the Maison Losseau site with an independent entrance. This studio includes a bedroom with a desk, a bathroom with shower and a kitchenette. It features free WIFI.
The Maison Losseau will provide the resident with the necessary logistical assistance for his/her search. The resources available on the site will be at the resident's disposal. Access to certain cultural structures such as museums, as well as public transport tickets may be offered.