We began working with artists in residence in 2004. From 2004 to 2008 we ran an artists' residency and art centre in the south of France where we welcomed numerous artists from around the world.
We realized during that period that many artists were desperately looking for an art residency in Europe, and more specifically in France, but were finding it hard to find and gain access to the right organisation. This gave us the idea of trying to assist them in that search. And so artistay was born, to help artists looking for a self-directed residency in France find a suitable environment for their project.
artistay, as a non-profit organisation, has helped in the past ten years about 300 artists working in different media (visual arts, writing, performance, etc.) and coming from all five continents find a residency in France (see our Artists in Residence page).
Our aim is to help you, as an artist, to complete your project successfully in a location suited to your requirements, where you have the time and opportunity to “unplug”, focus on your work and get away from your old routines, and to be alone with your art in a nurturing space. If we can help you achieve this, and your time in France helps you then move forward on your professional path and forge a stronger artistic identity, we’ll be the happiest people in the world!
Catherine Cordelle & Christophe Le Guennec