Calls & Opportunities


Residency Programme 2018

'Addressing the Media'

The first residency at Atelier de Melusine will take place in September 2018.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Five artists will be invited to come and work in the Atelier for one week, applications will be welcomed in all media.

Premise                                                                                                      World power and world-making authority is influenced and regulated by the ‘Media’, this is not a post-modern change, rather post-modernity has evolved as a creature of ‘tendency’ to exist within a media dominated consumer culture. The media owns the imagination, its truth is often temporary and lacks verity. As artists how can we begin to counter the media? We use many media and technology, across the political spectrum. Addressing the media is an invitation to convene to create work which effectively uses and challenges the mainstream media on issues such as gender, cultural borders, environment, language, science and technology.

An open call to artists working in all media.

Monday 10th September 2018 - Sunday 16th September 2018

Atelier de Melusine.
La Trimouille. 86290. France

Artists to submit work either via email, dropbox or equivalent link to
Images or media files, CV, web presence and proposal for the project.
On application you will recieve the full brief and concept.

Deadline September 1st 2018

5 days intensive work, discussion, field trips, with a group show and formal discussion on the final two days.  Artists will be provided with internal and external  live/work spaces and co-curate the final exhibition with Annett.

Atelier de Melusine has several live/work spaces, a print room and grounds for residents to work and stay, accommodation is simple and requires mobility for steps and stairs. Two of the spaces are for multiple occupants so please specify is you require single, separate accommodation. Please do not confuse us for a gite! We are a working space. We are also a historic space.
 Built into the side of the old ‘Chateau de la Tremouille’ which was abandoned in 1040 ad, the atelier has a crypt currently under excavation and restoration, as well as a hidden cave which leads to a series of underground tunnels that remain sealed at this point. The half-acre gardens are also hidden, high above the roofs of the other houses, and are a large section of the old castle mound. It is a fascinating space, all year round.

Renovation and restoration of Atelier de Melusine is still continuing as we try to preserve previously hidden historic spaces. Because the space is not yet fully completed, we will not be charging a course fee. Instead, artists will be asked to contribute a donation towards the overheads and running costs of the space, exhibition and source and pay for their own transport to the residency and their working materials. 

Simple vegetarian breakfasts, lunches and suppers will be provided, however the Atelier is in the little town of La Trimouille which has a shop just around the corner, as well as a little tabac, post office, Doctor’s and a very sweet, very tiny cinema. Despite this, we are in the heart of the beautiful French countryside, on the very edge of the River Benaize which borders the Brenne National park, it is possible to walk out of town into rolling countryside.

Insurance and liability
We ask that you take out your own travel insurance for the residency and will ask you to sign a document of personal responsibility/liablity on arrival.

Travel and Transport                                                                             
The nearest airports are Poitiers and Limoges.
By train, the TGV (strike dependent) also arrives at Poitiers and Limoges.

Local connections are then from Limoges or Poitiers train station to Montmorillon.
We will collect you by car from Montmorillon.

If you are driving there is plenty of free parking in the town.

 Alternative accommodation – camping, gites, chambre d’ hotes and bed and breakfast options are also available in La Trimouille in high season.

We look forward to receiving our first artists.