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Call for applications

Residency for a research and creation work
Call for application

The Centre international d’art et du paysage has launched at the end of 2012 a programme of artists and researchers' residencies in the Castle on Vassivière Island, recently renovated by architects Berger&Berger and BuildingBuilding. This programme receives the funding of the Nouvelle Aquitaine Region and the Ministry of Culture and Communication – Drac Nouvelle Aquitaine. Since June 2013 the Art Centre is a member of the French network Arts en résidence: http://artsenresidence.free.fr

The Castle – home to this art and research residency programme organised by the art centre as a complement to the exhibitions and the sculpture park (Sculpture Wood) – is intended to foster inspiration and the shaping of projects in a time frame marked by shifting seasons and climates.  

For this 11th season of residencies, professional artists particularly interested in questions relating to the exodus of migrants, migration and reception policies and hospitality are invited to apply for one residency by submitting a research and creation project about the contemporary issue of hosting refugees particularly in a rural environment. The residency will take place from the 10th of April until the 30th of June 2017, at the same time as an art historian residency working on the sculpture park history.

Within three years reception centres were created in the Millevaches Plateau, a territory of low population density, isolated of urban centres: two Reception Centre for Asylum Seekers (in French CADA) in Eymoutiers and Peyrelevade and one Centre for the Care and Guidance (in French CAO) in Peyrat-le-Château. They have changed the population composition and the way to look at the other. They contribute to create new non-profit organisations and participate to a local awareness of international politics. Peyrat-le-Château‘s CAO (15km from Vassivière Island) opened in 2016; the municipality is interested to benefit from an artist’s point of view, who could develop his/her own artistic practice from this situation.

Most of the CAO residents have arrived through Calais from Afghanistan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon and Sudan. They are waiting for an answer to their asylum request. Today they live in a vacation home transformed into a Centre for the Care and Guidance for the duration of the procedure. Local organization such as Familles Rurales, Secours Populaire, Banque alimentaire and Montagne Accueil Solidarité (MAS) supplement the municipality’s supervision by providing activities according to their possibilities. 

In the course of the season the resident will be asked to work with the Art Centre team on ways and means of involving the public (studio open days, talks, readings, performances, educational events, etc.) and potentially to produce a new work echoing these historical moment. 

Terms and conditions

Accommodation: The resident is provided with one furnished accommodation in the Castle. There are three separate facilities with large beds, one of which can house a family:

Each accommodation unit includes a fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom/toilet. Sheets, towels and crockery are provided. Heating is geothermal and there is a shared laundry.  

Workspaces: Resident share open-plan work areas totalling 192 sq. metres on several different levels in the Castle, with heating, phone and Internet connection. Architect-designed more as research and inspiration spaces than as actual artists' studios, these areas offer no audio-visual equipment or technical tools. According to his availability, the installation manager can offer technical support to residents.

Residence allowance: The resident receives living expenses of 500 euros taxes included per month. His or her presence is not required full time, but the full amount on expenses can only be paid if the resident is present for at least half of the residency duration, continuously or otherwise.

In addition the Art Centre covers travel costs between the resident's home and Vassiviere island up to a total amount of 300 euros. 

Support for residents: The Art Centre helps the resident in his/her project and in getting acquainted with the local area and its people. It provides intellectual and logistical backup via the skills of its team and its equipment. In addition the Art Centre can bring a production fee of maximum 500 euros, which may be used before the end of the residency to finance the project for which the artist/researcher has been selected.

Getting there: The candidate should not fear isolation.

Nearest train station (13 km): Eymoutiers-Vassivière. Airport: Limoges (70 km).

Vassivière Island (70 hectares) is set in a 1000-hectare artificial lake, 700 metres above sea level on the Millevaches Plateau, in the Nouvelle Aquitaine Region. At the convergence of the Haute-Vienne and Creuse departments, it is part of the Beaumont-du-Lac municipality, 60 km from Limoges.

Transport: A driving licence is a major asset. The Art Centre provides a car for the resident to share, together and the team of the Art Centre, with a flat-rate contribution towards gasoline expenses (1 full by month). 

How to apply for the residency

Final application date:  Sunday the 19th of March 2017 inclusive


The residency programme is open to of any nationality. There is no age limit. The candidates must provide a tax number and specify the country in which they pay taxes. We recommend to the applicants to possess a valid driver’s licence.


Applications – in French or English – are to be sent exclusively by email to: residences@ciapiledevassiviere.com

The subject line should be marked "Art and refugees”

Applications are limited to three attachments in PDF format. Maximum total attachments size: 10 Mo:

  • Portfolio presentation of recent work (excerpts of published catalogue texts and articles)
  • Full CV/résumé listing degrees/diplomas, exhibitions, publications, residencies, grants, etc., and including full contact details (postal address, email address, phone number), date and place of birth, current place of residence, work status (Social Security information and other relevant details).
  • A statement of intent for the residency, in response to the thematic of the programme (max. 500 words).

 Selection process

 Selection will hinge on the relevance of the applicant's project.

After an initial selection, from Monday the 20th of March, shortlisted candidates will be contacted around the 23rd of March by email and asked to present their project by telephone to a panel meeting which will take place on Monday the 27th of March.

Applications will be made up of representatives of the Art Centre and its financial partners (Nouvelle Aquitaine DRAC, Nouvelle Aquitaine Region), and external professionals.

The successful applicant will be informed immediately. Other applicants will be informed by email from the 27th of March.

 Additional information

For all additional information consult: http://www.ciapiledevassiviere.com/en/residence_artiste.aspx or contact Lucie You, in charge of the residencies at residences@ciapiledevassiviere.com or by phone at 0033 (0)5 55 69 27 27

The Centre international d’art et du paysage is a non-profit organisation supported by the Nouvelle Aquitaine Region and the Ministry of Culture and Communication – Nouvelle Aquitaine Cultural Affairs Office (DRAC). It is a member of d.c.a (French organization of contemporary art centres), Arts en residence – Réseau national and Cinq,25 contemporary art Limousin network.


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