*APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED [15/12/2019]*
Huge thanks to everyone who’s sent a proposal through, we’re excited to read them all over the next few weeks!
It’s time! Applications are open for our 2020 creative residencies. We welcome artists of all kinds to apply – and in return, we’ll ask for your feedback to help us develop the spaces, and your support in building the community around Studio Garonne.
This is the second year we’re offering space and time to artists, in this beautiful old coach house in Saint-Martory, south west France. We’re still renovating the building, so expect dusty corners and imperfect studio spaces; as well as a calm community vibe and a chance to immerse yourself in your practice.
Our ten day residency in June is for artists who are also parents, and want/need to bring their young kids with them. Read more below!
Closing date: 15th December 2019
What We’re Offering
A two week or ten day creative residency here at Studio Garonne during spring or summer 2019. We’re in the process of renovating the building, so these residencies are offered on an exchange basis – you’ll only cover your expenses.
- A bright private bedroom with a double bed and spacious desk
- Private studio space and plenty of shared spaces in which you’re welcome to work as well – including a courtyard and a walled garden
- Communal self-catering kitchen
- Two shared bathrooms
- Pick up from Saint-Martory or Boussens train stations
- Practical support; Jamie is an art tech and can help you set up your studio to suit your needs
What will you need to cover?
- Your travel, travel insurance and visa if applicable
- Your food – there’s a small supermarket 10 minutes walk from SG.
- €35 per adult to go towards household costs – this will cover basics like cooking oils and spices, washing up liquid and laundry powder, etc.
Who can apply?
Our two week May and July residencies are open to solo artists, pairs or small groups who are creating work together. If there are two or more of you, we’re more likely to be able to say yes to you if you can share a bedroom – so let us know in the additional comments section of the application form if you’re happy to do that.
Our ten day June residency is open to artists who want to bring their young children with them. We recognise that residency opportunities for parent artists are hard to come by – especially residencies that don’t just tolerate kids, but welcome them. We’ve chosen to dedicate one block just to parent artists to help everyone feel good, and open up the possibility of sharing childcare/entertainment so that everyone can get some work done.
We welcome artists practising in any medium – including (but not limited to) visual artists, sculptors, craftspeople, painters, writers, musicians, and theatre practitioners.
Our 2020 residencies will run in three set blocks during the spring and summer:
5th – 19th May
9th – 18th June (for artists who are parents, and their children)
1st – 15th July
You will be asked to select your preferred dates in your application form. There will be at least three artists in residence per block.
Where are we?
Studio Garonne is in a small town called Saint-Martory in the foothills of the French Pyrenees. The river Garonne runs through the centre of the town, and from the top of the hill behind our place you can see the awe-inspiring mountain range ahead of you.
In the town you can find a small supermarket; a bakery; an artisan gelato truck; a florist; two cafe/bars; a pizza takeaway; and a post office. There are bus stops and a train station with connections to larger towns nearby, including Toulouse. If you come with a vehicle – or hire one for a day or two – you can drive to beautiful mountain lakes (or to Spain!) in under an hour.
Our nearest airport is Toulouse-Blagnac. There are airport shuttles and trams to Toulouse Matabiau train station every 20 minutes or so, and direct trains from Toulouse Matabiau to Saint-Martory and more frequently to Boussens (Boussens is a 10 minute drive from us, and we’ll happily pick you up).
At time of writing, a one-way ticket from Toulouse Matabiau to Saint-Martory costs €13.50 and the journey is around 50 minutes. There are also two €5 trains each day.
If you come by car we can provide secure parking.
You will have access to a shared kitchen, with fridge and cupboard space to store your food. The shops in Saint-Martory cover all the basics – and you’ll probably find yourself eating lots of ice cream from our local artisan gelato maker (follow her on Instagram…she even makes vegan ice cream!).
Izzy is an experienced yoga teacher and is happy to offer yoga and meditation classes on-site during your residency. You can find her teaching website here. We’ll schedule in yoga evenings at the beginning of each week – totally optional!
We are Jamie and Izzy, and our three year old daughter Frida. We moved from London to France in June 2018 to create a venue for art residencies, yoga retreats and creative workshops. Jamie is a percussionist and sound designer with a background in renovating and restoring arts venues in London – including the ICA and Battersea Arts Centre. Izzy is a writer and yoga teacher, currently working remotely from Saint-Martory as a freelance journalist and copywriter for clients in Europe and the US.
Studio Garonne is also home to four cats.
What We’re Asking in Exchange
We’re asking for three things:
- Documentation of your residency. As our project progresses, we are keen to spread the word about Studio Garonne and build a community of interested creatives as well as develop our online presence. We’re also working towards securing funding for future residencies. So we need your help! We ask that you document your experience here in some way – whether that’s in the form of video, photography, illustration, writing, sculpture, on social media…or any other way you’d like to do it. We’ll then share this on our website and social media platforms – and we’d love for you to share it too. Which leads us to…
- Help with promoting what we’re doing. On social media; to your friends; colleagues; the world.
- Your feedback. Towards the end of your residency we’ll ask for an informal discussion so that we can get a sense of your experience of the place, and benefit from any thoughts you might have about the development of the space. You’re also welcome to feedback to us via email after your residency.
One last note…
Last year we received over 250 applications – which was amazing and unexpected! As much as we wished we could say yes to everyone, the proposals that stood out were the ones with a clear idea of what they would use the time for.