Self-Directed Residency, South of France

When : October 5th - 18th, 2023
Where : Studio Faire, France
Application Deadline : October 2nd, 2022
Application Fee : n/a
Stipend : n/a

Studio Faire is a contemporary art space in South West France, providing residencies for visual artists, makers, photographers, designers, musicians, writers, creative researchers and all other types of creative practitioner.

Studio Faire is now inviting applications for their last available 2 week residency in 2023. Applications for 2024 Residencies are also welcomed. See website for available dates.

Residents live and work in the house, studios and gardens of Studio Faire, a ‘Maison de maître’ built around 1830 and still retaining its period characteristics. It is the private home of Scottish couple Julia Douglas (Mixed Media Artist/Designer) and Colin Usher (Photographer/Designer/Drummer). There will be up to two other residents at Studio Faire during this period.

The house is situated in the centre of the market town (and historic city) of Nérac, in the stunning Lot-et-Garonne region of South West France.

Residencies offer time to focus on research and development to inspire a new body of work or develop an existing project. They can nurture the growth of seedling ideas by giving the space to unselfconsciously experiment and play without expectation or obligation.

Whatever you want to make… do it in France at Studio Faire.
Tout ce que vous voulez faire… faites-le en France au Studio Faire.

Duration of residency

Residencies are self-funded and self-directed, and can last 2 weeks or 4 weeks. This open call is for 2 weeks (13 nights) in Autumn 2023. These are the last available dates for next year. Please contact Studio Faire if you would like to be added to their mailing list should any other dates open up. Applications for 2024 are also accepted.


A private, newly decorated, double bedroom is provided on the first floor of the house, offering a small desk plus two windows overlooking the large back garden.

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance

This open call is for all professional creative practitioners.

Studio / Workspace

The work space on offer for this particular open call is the Garage Studio. It has a large North facing window, blank wall, concrete floor, trestle tables, easels and sink. It is not a private space, but will be allocated for your sole use as a studio during your residency. The bedroom has two windows facing the garden and a small desk for research and writing or sketching, if all you require is a bright room with a bed, a desk and a view of trees and sky.

Fees and support

This 2 week self-directed residency is a self-funded residency for 1 person. Fees include: lifts to and from the nearest train station in Agen, a private double bedroom, sole use of the Garage studio, plus shared shower room, toilets, kitchen, dining room and gardens. 2 weeks for 1 person is 895 €.

Expectations towards the artist

As this is a self-funded residency, Studio Faire has no expectations towards the artist and hope that this supportive environment, without the pressure to produce, will aid creativity, experimentation and the development of new ideas. Studio Faire offers all creative practitioners a change of pace and the space to create.