|Le Châtelet Artist Residency||1st October 2020|
Le Châtelet is a retreat for international artists that encourages the exchange ideas, and invites the artist to explore their passion for their work in a supporting environment. The venue, in the heart of the French Alps, is both peaceful and awe-inspiring. It is a region of visual and intellectual inspiration, full of positive energy, with stunning lake and mountain scenery, local fauna and flora including an amazing variety of wild flowers, colourful local markets, and historical buildings.
We welcome submissions from artists (painter, sculptor, writer, photographer, film-maker or other) for stays of two weeks to three months from the beginning of May to the end of October annually.
Le Châtelet is located close to the borders of Switzerland, Italy and Germany in the French Alps just over one hour from Geneva airport or train station, or 25 minutes Thonon-les-Bains SNCF train station on Lake Geneva. It is also easily accessible by car and there is ample parking in the grounds.
The chalet itself, surrounded by farmland, is on the site of a medieval fortified castle already in ruin by 1555. Bonnevaux is part of an agricultural cheese-making community in the ski area of the Portes du Soleil. The whole area, called Le Chablais, is steeped in history of Old Europe with its ancient buildings, stories of battles and border disputes.
There is an 18m2 southwest facing balcony and an acre of grounds with a 360° uninterrupted mountain panorama. Shared studio space is located in an open outbuilding and all these areas are at the artists’ disposal, including the barn workshop. Other common studio space is a huge, light 1000ft2 room in the former village school, within walking distance.
Our casual open days at the end of each month are located in one of the appropriate municipal venues of the commune, to which locals and other artists are invited.
Artists are accommodated in our luxury eco-chalet on the edge of the tranquil hamlet of Bonnevaux on a self-catered basis; one of four private bedrooms are available plus a single bed annex with shower. There is a shared living area, kitchen facilities and laundry. For those without transport, we can offer a weekly trip to the supermarket. The nearest town of Abondance has shops, cafés and restaurants and is 5kms from the chalet, accessible on foot or by bus.
Each bedroom is has its own special characteristics reflected in different subsidised tariffs. Prices depend on the bedroom chosen, given in EUROS for one person, from 300€ to 800€ for two weeks, or 550€ to1500€ for one month. Visit our summer website directly to discover the bedrooms detailed on our application form. An additional non-participating person in a double bedroom (partner/child): 250€ per 2 weeks/500€ per month. Towels and linen are provided and rooms are cleaned once per week. Occasional evening meals can be requested in advance (20€ for two courses).
We would also be happy to assist in organising courses (either catered or self-catered – pricing to be agreed) and there is additional accommodation in the village for larger numbers. Course participants could also take part in the end of month exhibition.
74360 BONNEVAUX FRANCE
GPS: Lat: 46° 17' 40" N Long: 6° 40' 19" E
Tel/Fax: +33 (0)4 50 73 69 48
LE CHATELET INTERNATIONAL ARTIST RESIDENCY BOOKING FORM
To be attached to response email with:
(2) Word document letter of intent
(3) Jpeg small image files, short video link or website
DATE OF BIRTH:
FAMILY MEMBER STAYING AT RESIDENCY (if applicable):
DURATIONS AVAILABLE: 2 weeks (normally 1ST-15TH OR 15TH–end of month) or monthly (maximum stay three months).
REQUIRED START DATE:
ALTERNATIVE START DATE:
ACCOMMODATION with prices in EUROS for ONE person, single occupancy:
1) DOUBLE bedroom: shared shower room
2) DOUBLE/TWIN bedroom: hand basin, private bathroom
3) DOUBLE/TWIN bedroom: en suite facilities bath/toilet
4) DOUBLE bedroom: en suite facilities bath/shower/toilet
5) Curtained-off SINGLE annex with shower
Additional person (partner/child) in double rooms: 250€ per 2 weeks or 500€ per month. The bedrooms are on our summer website: www.mountain-eco.com
CHOICE OF ROOM subject to availability:
MEDIA (please indicate):
Painting Drawing Sculpture Mixed Media
EMERGENCY CONTACT: (Name, telephone & email of person to contact in case of emergency during you stay)
HOW DID YOU HEAR OF US:
Residency agency (name)
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