How would living in France inspire you? 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, 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 offered, like plenty of parking, nearby hardware store, organic market, two supermarkets, and bakeries within a 10-minute walk. The bus stop is on the corner, though our studio is in a quiet, residential area where artists feel safe and stimulated to work at any hour.
People ask, how did you come to be here in France? I am an artist, and teacher, and I wanted to find a way to continue to contribute to the arts, particularly to ceramics, my first passion (I have a few more). As an artist, I find inspiration in many things, and above all, travel and exposure to other cultures, enriches my visual vocabulary. It also expands my vision, view of the world, and challenges me to develop as an artist and human being.
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, exchange with other artists, and 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 have a studio(home) base. Artists need to create.
One can navigate the area easily, and most people speak some English. Make an effort, and the world opens up. I am here to help each person have a wonderful experience, as I have had the pleasure of experiencing.
It is easy with Nice being the closest, and second largest, airport in France. There is 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 direct train 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.
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 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 goal 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.