TO BECOME A BIG ARTIST YOU HAVE TO HAVE A BIG HOUSE. ET VOILÀ, HERE IS A BIG HOUSE IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. SOMETHING LIKE THE FRENCH CALL A CHÂTEAU.

WHAT

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 functions as a post-capitalistic undertaking which means flexible fees for its residents. it is up to you to propose the amount you would like to pay for your creative residency.

 

If you are interested in joining the creatives-in-residency program which runs May through September, 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...

WE DUST AWAY THE PATRIARCHAL PAST AND HOOVERED THE HISTORIC HIERARCHY.

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...

LET'S MAKE NEOFEMINISM A NUISANCE TO THE PATRIARCHAL FUTURE.

needless to say, we are in France and we certainly do love food. breakfast is served daily until 10:30AM. in the evening, residents can either dine together, join the communal meals or access the guest kitchen to do their own thing.

TO BE A FEMALE NEOFEMINIST ARTIST YOU HAVE TO HAVE AN ANOREXIC PAST? NOT AT THE CENTRE POMPADOUR!

WHY

because CENTRE POMPADOUR is your perfect work and living environment. 

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.

BECAUSE NEOFEMINIST CREATIVITY NEEDS COMMUNICATION AND EXCHANGE.

BECAUSE LEAVING YOUR USUAL WORKING ENVIRONMENT DOESN'T NECESSARILY MEAN YOU HAVE TO LEAVE YOUR WORK BEHIND.

the room ORANGE IS THE NEW PINK and its bathroom of 44m2.

BECAUSE A ROOM OF ONE'S OWN IS SIMPLY NOT ENOUGH.

the GREEN ROOM and its bathroom of 33m2.

the room FLEUR BLEUE of 12m2 with its bathroom of 4m2.

BECAUSE A CHANGE OF THE SETTING SPELLS LIKE INSPIRATION TO YOU.

the top-floor attic studio with its work space and bathroom of 50m2.

BECAUSE NEOFEMINIST IDEAS DESERVE A BIGGER SPACE.

BECAUSE NEOFEMINISTS DO NOT STOP THE DISCUSSION AT SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR'S  SECOND SEX.

WHERE

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 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).

 

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.

WHEN

the creatives-in-residency program runs May through September (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.

HOW

to qualify for the creatives-in-residency program at CENTRE POMPADOUR, laboratory of neofeminism, you have to be a creative professional or an undergraduate or graduate art student or do research in the fields of feminism or gender studies.

to apply to the program please submit a CV / resume that includes all relevant related background as well as a personal work project, detailing your reason for applying, any relevant academic or related experience, and your work and/or research interest at the laboratory of neofeminism.

 

be sure to include your desired period and length of stay, as well as a budget proposal (fees charged by week or by month / residencies of 2 weeks up to 2 months).

 

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.

 

the table d'hôte dinner is 22€ without drinks.

YOU GOT BALLS ?

WE EVEN HAVE A ROOM FOR THAT.

if you have any further questions, concerns, or want to share your thoughts, please contact us directly by the contact formular or by email:

centre.pompadour@gmail.com

or on facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/CentrePompadour

 

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