Location: Ercourt, France
Mission: CENTRE POMPADOUR is feminist laboratory and creative artist residency that welcomes like-minded creative professionals to work on their own projects and places gender equality and feminist empowerment at the heart of the creative process and its outreach. To qualify for the creative residency program at CENTRE POMPADOUR, you have to be a creative professional (visual arts, writing, music, research, etc…), an undergraduate or graduate art student, or do research in the fields of feminism or gender studies.
WE DUST AWAY THE PATRIARCHAL PAST AND HOOVERED THE HISTORIC HIERARCHY. Château Lafoutte was built in 1849 – the year after the historically famous outbreak of a wave of revolutions that altered the political and philosophical landscape throughout the rest of the century. It’s architect Hector-Martin Lefuel is best known for the completion of the Palais du Louvre, the theatre of the Fontainbleau Château, the Château Neudeck, in neobaroque stile, typical for the Second Empire.
CENTRE POMPADOUR: A Laboratory for Neo- Feminism, is located in the tiny village of Ercourt, which is situated in the Baie de Somme area, a nature reserve of the french Picardie.
In short . . . in the middle of nowhere.
Picardie is a region that has been at the heart of European history for well over a thousand years, though its historic heritage includes some of the finest mediaeval cathedrals in France, a lot of châteaux and many sites of the great war, it is not one of the great tourist regions of France.
Only 12 km away from the seacoast, you can either reach CENTRE POMPADOUR by car (200 km to Paris, 290 km to Bruxelles, 260 km and some water to London) or by train (the nearest train stop is Abbeville).
Cost: CENTRE POMPADOUR functions as a Post-Capitalistic undertaking, which means flexible fees for it’s artist residents – In other words, it is up to you to propose the amount you would like to pay for your creative residency at the CENTRE POMPADOUR, including accommodation and private workspace. Traveling costs and expenses for working material must be paid by the residents.
The table d’hôte dinner is 12€ (without drinks) per night.
Application Fee: No application fee
Number of Artists: There are 4 double bed rooms, each with its own bathroom. (max 10 persons)
Length of Stay: From 2 weeks up to 2 months
Accommodations: CENTRE POMPADOUR offers a lot of privacy, surrounded by a lot of nature. The four guest rooms each have their own private bathroom. Other facilities include a top-floor attic atelier of 50m2, a well assorted library of women’s history readings and art literature, a well-tuned piano, and spacious indoor and outdoor living areas intended to be filled with creativity.
Presuming the calm of the French countryside gets you inspired and doesn’t trigger your yawning reflex, this is the right place for you.
Demographic/Medium: Wether established or emerging you should be currently pursuing arts of any skill or mastery (visual arts, applied arts, writing, music, research on feminism or gender politics, etc…) and identify with a Neo-Feminist outlook on the world.
…BECAUSE NEOFEMINIST CREATIVITY NEEDS COMMUNICATION AND EXCHANGE.
…BECAUSE A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN IS SIMPLY NOT ENOUGH.
…BECAUSE A CHANGE OF THE SETTING SPELLS LIKE INSPIRATION TO YOU.
…BECAUSE NEOFEMINIST IDEAS DESERVE A BIGGER SPACE.
…BECAUSE NEOFEMINISTS DO NOT STOP THE DISCUSSION AT SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR’S SECOND SEX.
Deadline: Ongoing. The Creatives-in-Residence Program runs May through September (residencies of 2 weeks up to 2 months).you can apply all year round