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Artists Residency in Saint-Raphaël, France

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The studio is designed for 8 artists, from around the world, to create their work for an extended period of time. Groups are encouraged. The ceramics studio is fully equipped with 2 kilns, a slab roller, wheels and tools. The space can accommodate other artists, as there is space for painting, drawing, sculpture or perhaps other accommodations in media. There is also an area for exhibition as work develops. Starting in 2019 Workshops for 5 days to 2 weeks will be offered, with a full schedule to commence in 2020.

The program is designed to be flexible, for 1 week to 3 months, with a preference, and price-break, for a 2 and 3-month stay. While transportation via trains and buses is easily accessible, artists are required to be independent. A car or bicycle is recommended as there is much to explore in this region. There are helpful links of the least expensive transportation options, accommodations, and food. Materials will be purchased upon arrival, and any subsequent visits to the ceramic supplier can be arranged. I will personally help each artist in their setup and in all ways possible.

In my experience, myself included, established artists want to have more control over their accommodations, travel and comforts. Flexibility in financial arrangements, lodging, travel and meals are a significant advantage. The Saint-Raphaël and Var area has over 200 listings on AirBnB. There are numerous accommodations available from September to June. The average studio apartment rent is 500-700 euros, during these months. 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. Residency founder/host and artist Lauren Kearns will help each artist in their setup


Saint-Raphaël : France

Saint-Raphaël at the eastern end of the Var, along the border with the adjacent department of Alpes-Maritimes, which borders the south-eastern corner of France, at the frontier with Italy. The commune has a total of thirty-six kilometres (22 miles) of Mediterranean coastline. Many coves and creeks have formed between the natural region of the Esterel Massif and the sea. There are numerous small villages surrounding the area and the coastline, but includes over 60 km2 of protected areas of natural forest and the Esterel mountains. Hiking, mountain biking and other outdoor sports are readily accessible. The studio is in Saint-Raphaël. The city center is a 4 minute drive or a 25 minute walk, The bus stops at the corner, where the studio is located. The studio is located just off a main street, where hardware, a natural foods store, bakery and supermarket are located. The city center is 2 blocks fron the Mediterranean, adjoining Fréjus.

Contact Information

115 Boulevard Rémi Belleau
Saint-Raphaël , 83700