The Maisons Daura, named after the painter Pierre Daura* (1896-1976) form a remarkable architectural complex, restored by the Midi-Pyrenées Region, in one of France’s most beautiful villages, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie. Since March 2005 a centre for research and innovation in all artistic disciplines has been accommodated in the houses.
They offer a working and meeting space far from the trials and tribulations of city life, where artists and researchers from different backgrounds can develop new projects and hammer out forms that reflect the world in which we live.
The output of the Autumn residencies offer opportunities for partnerships with the cultural institutions of the area in Cajarc, Cahors, Figeac, Toulouse and beyond. The Contemporary art circuit every summer also presents the works created during the preceding Spring residency to an ever-widening public, and is part of the programme of the Regional network for contemporary art, in collaboration with the FRAC (the Regional Fund for contemporary arts) at Les Abbatoirs in Toulouse.
Individual living spaces are available, as well as individual and shared studios.
On level 0, the large room opening onto the street can be used as a studio or a public exhibition space, as can also the vaulted mezzanine room. These are spaces for dialogue and didactic exploration, where groups of children or adults can be welcomed when they visit the artists in residence.
Level 2 has a multimedia studio equipped with two computers with image and sound-processing software, DVDburner, scanner and printer. On the same level there is a large light studio with worktables, chairs and a sink.
Two separate buildings can accommodate up to six people at a time. Artists are provided free of charge for the period of the residency with a furnished living space equipped with tableware, linen etc.
Utility vehicule available for work-related purposes, phone (for landlines in France) and internet
The village of Saint-Cirq is situated in the Lot valley between Figeac and Cahors. There is a newsagent and tobacconist with bread deliveries (only in the summer period) on the village square. The nearest supermarket is 20 km away in Cajarc; there are shops with materials, tools and equipment and hypermarkets in Cahors and Figeac. Artist’s materials shop in Toulouse.