Welcome to International Artists Residency Exchange

This flexible residency is for artists who are seeking a program for numerous artistic and personal reasons. One can stay, take private lessons, a workshop, or have a pause in travels, and create. The goal is expansion in all ways. All arts are welcome.

The IaRex l'Atelier, located in France’s Var region, is nestled in the port town of beautiful Saint-Raphaël, and is near several other exciting places: the historic port town of Fréjus with its Roman ruins, the Côte d’Azur and a mountainous area called l’Esterel and the Gorge du Verdun, where hikers, bikers and nature lovers thrive. Beach lovers will also be in sandy heaven, gazing at the red rocks and the intense azure skies of the Mediterranean.

Artists are free to stretch out and explore as they create. It’s easy to forget the practicalities offered, like plenty of parking, nearby hardware store, organic market, two supermarkets, and bakeries within a 5-minute walk. The bus stop is on the corner, as the studio is in a quiet, industrial/artisanal area where artists feel safe. If you want more focused studies, private lessons as well as individually-designed programs are available.

How to Get Here

It is easy, with Nice being the closest, and second largest, airport in France. By car it is 1h15m to Nice, 1h to Antibes, 45 minutes to Cannes, 1h2 to St. Tropez with many charming villages in between. The train station is in the center of Saint-Raphaël, with a direct train (TGV) to and from Paris. The outdoors are easily accessible, by car and bicycle, as are the main cities, by train. One can fly anywhere to explore other countries, while having a base in France. The links section has a links for car, bicycle and motorcycles rentals. Easy Jet is the least expensive, and recommended, airlines to travel within France.


Artists have more control over their accommodation and comfort with the availability of recommended AirBnB’s located close to the studio. There is high availability from September to June, with the average monthly studio apartment rental of 700-900 euros. The policy for AirBnB is to not display precise addresses. But the list of accommodations are all close to the studio. Booking.com, le Bon Coin.fr, and Facebook Marketplace are other sources of accommodations. The extended amount of time will allow people to become comfortable in the town, explore the variety of activities, other villages, and create a body of work in a relaxed atmosphere. My goal is that people will exchange their creative process and enjoy working with other artists.

There are outdoor farmers markets as well as antique and art markets. Everytown has the market days listed on their website. Within a five minute walk from the studio, there are 3 super markets ( SuperU, Casino and Aldi), 1 organic market (Marcel et Fils) , 2 boulangeries, a hardware store (Weldom), pharmacy, and a special frozen food store(Picard).

Upcoming Events

29 May 2023 - 2 Jun 2023

Michelle Gregor Workshop

An Improvisational Approach through Form & Surface

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6 Jun 2023 - 12 Jun 2023

Lauren Kearns Workshop

Throwing Intensive with Lauren Kearns

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20 Jun 2023 - 30 Jun 2023

Amanda Salov Workshop


Sea and Sky : Pigment and Clay on the Côte d’Azur

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5 Sep 2023 - 15 Sep 2023

Kirsten Stingle Workshop

Sculptural Sirens: Narrative Ceramic Busts and Mixed Media

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25 Sep 2023 - 29 Sep 2023

Stacy Phillips Workshop

Learning to See: Gathering Images Through An Experiential Approach

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5 Oct 2023 - 14 Oct 2023

Deb Schwartzkopf Workshop

Well Served

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3 Apr 2024 - 14 Apr 2024

Sue Tirrell Workshop

Indelible: Pottery as a vehicle for personal storytelling and expression

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1 May 2024 - 10 May 2024

Martha Grover Workshop

Flowing Forms

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29 Nov 2024 - 1 Dec 2024

Alberto Bustos Workshop

Filaments and Textures

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Postponed until 2024, dates TBA

Ellie McIntosh Workshop

2023 Designer Retreat- French Riviera

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