CENTRE POMPADOUR, the laboratory of neo- feminism, welcomes like-minded creative professionals from all over the world to work on projects that place gender equality and feminist empowerment at the heart of the creative process and outreach. it offers accommodation and private work space for a determined period of time.
CENTRE POMPADOUR, the laboratory of neo- feminism is one of michaela spiegel's art projects, a feminist deam come true of applied inclusive feminism. it is artist run and a non-for-profit organization.
If you are interested in joining the creatives-in-residency program which runs July through October, you should be currently pursuing arts of any skill or mastery (visual arts, applied arts, writing, music, research on feminism or gender politics,...) and identify with a neofeminist outlook on the world.
we don't really care about the château connotation, this is why we called it Château Lafoutte, but we care about big space, a vibrant working atmosphere, feminism and communication. CENTRE POMPADOUR, the laboratory of neofeminism, is artist run and not to be confused with Centre Pompidou which is also into arts...
after three years of hardcore cleaning, this big old house became the home of the laboratory of neofeminisme - the contemporary version of feminism in a world of gender diversity.
Madame de Pompadour was a clever woman, a very political person and an art lover, though she is remembered more for her love than for her love for art. obviously Madame de Pompadour was not a feminist. yet her determination and power were sufficient to make her a nuisance in the collective memory. we borrowed her name because of its resemblance to this other French institution for art...
needless to say, we are in France and we certainly do love food. Joanna prepares breakfast for you daily until 10:30AM, from Monday to Friday.
once a week we host a big welcome dinner and on special occasions you can participate in themed discussion dinners.
the attic residency kitchen next to the atelier is open to all of your culinary phantasies.
because CENTRE POMPADOUR is your perfect work and living environment.
CENTRE POMPADOUR offers a lot of privacy, surrounded by a lot of nature. the six 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, the writer's pavillion, the yoga deck 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.
the room ORANGE IS THE NEW PINK and its bathroom of 44m2.
the GREEN ROOM and its bathroom of 33m2.
the room FLEUR BLEUE of 12m2 with its bathroom of 4m2.
the top-floor attic studio with its work space and bathroom of 50m2.
CENTRE POMPADOUR, laboratory of 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.
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.
neighbouring Normandy, and only 19 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).
the next grocery store and café are 5 km away, the nearest little town is 12 km away, the nearest seaside restaurants are 22 km away.
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.
its 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.
the original commissioner and owner of Château Lafoutte was Henri Adhemar le Blond de Plouy and the family stayed about a century before leaving to a neighbouring château.
château Lafoutte offers a lot of privacy, surrounded by a lot of nature. in the garden of 4 ha / 10 acres you find a little pavilion and sitting areas.
the creatives-in-residency program runs July through October (residencies of 2 weeks up to 2 months).
for any different periods during the year or a different lenghts of your stay, please submit a special request.
to qualify for the creatives-in-residence program at CENTRE POMPADOUR, laboratory of neofeminism, you have to be a creative professional or a graduate student or do research in the fields of art, feminism or gender studies.
Undergraduate students may apply to the Feminist Field Studies program.
to apply to the program please submit a one page CV / resume that includes all relevant related background as well as one page motivation letter, detailing your reason for applying, any relevant academic or related experience, and maximum one page of your work and/or research interest at the laboratory of neofeminism by email.
be sure to include your desired period and length of stay.
the residency fee per person and per week (for a room with private bathroom, breakfast monday to friday and 1 weekly dinner included, bikes, shared studio space and transportation to and from the train station at Abbeville) is 600€.
please email your application before April 15th to our advisory board at:
all finalists will be interviewed via skype.
please note that availability might change based on dates and lenght of your stay.
traveling costs and expenses for working material must be paid by the residents.
we are happy to announce that we offer one grant per month which is 300€ per week, half the price of our regular residency fee. In addition to the standard resident application, those who wish to apply for the grant must submit documentation that demonstrates creative excellence, financial need, and a professional recommendation.
if you should be accepted as a resident at CENTRE POMPADOUR and travel on a stately/private or educational grant, we can provide you with an official acceptance letter if needed.
if you have any further questions, concerns, or want to share your thoughts, please contact us directly by the contact formular or by email:
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