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Welcome to International Artists Residency Exchange

Welcome to International Artists Residency Exchange

How would living in another country inspire you? This flexible program is designed for the professional to leisure artists to live and create in France, in a fully equipped, significantly subsidized, ceramic studio. All arts are welcome.

The I.A.R.E studio 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, 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.

With beautiful northwestern light from the wall of windows, artists are free to stretch out and explore as they create.  It’s easy to forget the practicalities we offer, like plenty of parking, nearby hardware store, organic market, supermarket, and bakeries within a 10 minute walk. The bus stop is on the corner, even though our studio is in a quiet, residential area where our students feel safe and stimulated to work at any hour.

The Story

People ask, how did you come to be here in France? Yes, I am American, originally from Southern California. I am an artist and a teacher. I wanted to find a way to continue to teach and make a contribution to ceramics, my first passion, (I have a few more). I came to the area for a residency. Having lived in many states and traveled through the US, this was the first place that ‘felt like home”. I have no other way to describe it.

Much of the foliage here is the same as Southern California, so it all felt familiar. I wanted to stay, but there was no place to work. So, I went back to CO, where I was living, finished some teaching assignments, applied and received a 1-year visa and returned.

When I returned, within 3 months, I had the idea to create a space where people could come and freely work for an extended period of time, without pressure, to explore their surroundings, but still have a place to create. I felt that I could not be the only artist, who wanted the experience of living in another country for an extended period of time, and still have a studio base. Artists need to create.

I applied for, and received a long-term (4 year) Visa. Within 3 months of returning to France, I found the space and the owner who was willing and happy to rent to me. I signed the lease and started to create the space for working artists.

Everything fell into place easily. Learning spoken French is challenging, and thank goodness I had a strong background from earlier studios in grammar and people are very helpful.. One can navigate the area easily, and most people speak a few words of English. Make an effort, and the world opens up.

If you come to work, I am here to help each person have a wonderful experience, as I have had the pleasure of experiencing.

How to get here:

It is easy with Nice being the closest airport, and a bus directly from the airport to Saint-Raphaël. By car it is 1h to Nice, 1hr to Antibes, 40 minutes to Cannes, 1h2 to St. Tropez with many charming villages in between. The train station is in the center of the town, with a train direct to and from Paris. The outdoors is easily accessible, by car and bicycle, as are main cities, by train. One can fly anywhere to explore other countries, while having a base in France.

Accommodations:

Artists have more control over their accommodation, travel 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 studio apartment rental of 600-700 euros. 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 hope is that people will exchange their creative process and enjoy working with other artists. There will be weekly to bi-weekly meals, as travel permits, to exchange ideas, information and discoveries.

 

 

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