We are pleased to announce the IaRex l'Atelier will reopen the 15th of January 2022. Applications for residencies and teaching proposals are being accepted now. A new price structure is available.

Welcome to International Artists Residency Exchange

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 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 an individually-designed programs are available.

The Story

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 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, or artists could teach and explore and exchange with other artists. 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.

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.

Accommodations

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 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

9 May 2022 - 20 May 2022

Carol Gouthro Workshop

Exuberant Clay: Exploring Form and Surface with Carol Gouthro: Create exuberant, unique and voluptuous handbuilt forms in clay

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18 Jul 2022 - 23 Jul 2022

Anthony Merino Workshop

Symmetrical Patterning on 3-Dimensional Forms

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6 Sep 2022 - 15 Sep 2022

Natasha Dikareva Workshop

Dreams in Clay: Creating Personal Mythology in the South of France

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3 Oct 2022 - 12 Oct 2022

Kirsten Stingle Workshop

Sculptural Sirens: Narrative Ceramic Busts and Mixed Media

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12 Oct 2022 - 21 Oct 2022

Sue Tirrell Workshop

Indelible: Pottery as a vehicle for personal storytelling and expression

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20 Feb 2023 - 3 Mar 2023

Robbie Lobell Workshop

From the Kitchen to the Table

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17 Apr 2023 - 28 Apr 2023

Jan Edwards Workshop

Handbuilding Pots for Your Table

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5 May 2023 - 7 May 2023

Alberto Bustos Workshop

Filaments and Textures

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29 May 2023 - 2 Jun 2023

Michelle Gregor Workshop

An Improvisational Approach through Form & Surface

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12 Jun 2023 - 23 Jun 2023

Doug Peltzman Workshop

It's Electric: Make, Play, and Explore with High Fire Porcelain

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22 Oct 2023 - 31 Oct 2023

Deb Schwartzkopf Workshop

Well Served

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