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 THE FRENCH CALL A CHÂTEAU. AND ITS FOR FEMINISTS ONLY.
CENTRE POMPADOUR . WHAT WE ARE
is the first and only feminist creative residency in Europe
is an all gender inclusive space dedicated to feminism
is an archive of contemporary feminism
is an art project by michaela spiegel
is a dream come true of applied inclusive feminism
is a word game feminizing another French art institution
is a feminist reflection and communication spot
is an energy think tank and creative thrill area
is a non-profit organization housed in a Northern French
château in the middle of nowhere, near the Atlantic coast,
between London, Paris and Bruxelles
promotes artistic, creative, scientific work and research
projects in the fields of feminism and gender studies
welcomes like-minded creative professionals from all over the world to work on projects that place feminist empowerment and gender equality at the heart of the creative process and outreach. it offers accommodation and private work space for a determined period of time.
WE DUST AWAY THE PATRIARCHAL PAST AND HOOVERED THE HISTORIC HIERARCHY.
CENTRE POMPADOUR . WHERE WE ARE
well, in the middle of nowhere
in the tiny village of Ercourt, which is situated in the Baie de Somme area,
a nature reserve of 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 CP 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, Abbeville, with all shopping facilities, is 12 km away, the nearest seaside restaurants are 22 km away.
THE LABORATORY OF NEOFEMINISM EXPLORES CONTEMPORARY VERSIONS OF FEMINISM IN A WORLD OF GENDER DIVERSITY.
CENTRE POMPADOUR . THE CHÂTEAU
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 the Château was Henri Adhemar le Blond de Plouy and the family stayed about a century before leaving to a neighbouring château.
After a total renovation of three years, CENTRE POMPADOUR opend in 2017 as the first and only European feminist creative residency.
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 NEOFEMINIST DISCUSSION DOESN'T STOP AT SIMONE'S SECOND SEX.
CP offers a lot of privacy, surrounded by a lot of nature. in the garden of 4 ha / 10 acres you find a little pavilion, sitting areas, a ping pong table and some sculptures.
the six guest rooms each have their own private bathroom, are spacious - between 20m2 and 50m2 - and bright and have all high ceilings. all rooms have wifi connection.
depending on what you work on, you can use your room as an individual work space or share the top-floor attic atelier of 50m2.
other facilities include a well assorted library of women’s history readings and art literature, a selection of themed films, a well-tuned piano, the writer's pavillion, the yoga deck, a ping ping table and spacious indoor and outdoor living areas intended to be filled with creativity.
Please note that we are in an old château with steep staircases and no elevator.
please find some statements about CENTRE POMPADOUR here