Atelier de la Rose

Name of Residency: ATELIER DE LA ROSE

We provide a supportive environment in which artists and writers can pursue their creative projects. The option of Sally’s home cooking means you have more time for your work.

Residencies are self-financed and are more like a retreat. There is no pressure for visual artists to produce an exhibition at the end of their stay. The centre is small, which allows us to adapt to your requirements.

There are two facilities: the studio and the Writer’s Space. The facility you choose is exclusively yours.


The studio is most suitable for those working in two dimensions and/or with words. It is right next to the guest wing where you have your own room and where there is a small sitting room with a fridge.

An alternative space, called the Writer’s Space, is suitable for writers. Visual artists might possibly find this space of interest. Situated in an annex it provides a option at a lower cost than the studio. Details of both facilities can be found on our web site.

The length of stay is from one to six weeks. If accepted you choose the dates that suit you (except during November to March, see below).

There are no deadlines for applications. All applications receive a prompt response, usually within 7 days. The studio is not available from 15 November to 15 March, and the Writer’s Space is not available from November to May.


You have your own room in the guest wing, which is next to the studio.  You share the bathroom facilities and sitting room with the resident of the second bedroom, if this is let.


A resident comes on a full-board or half-board basis.  Sally prepares meals from fresh, local produce.  There is no restaurant in the village, but a bakery is next door and there is a small café (with irregular opening hours).


There is a possibility of guided visits to important historic sites such as the Paleolithic caves at Pech Merle, the Toulouse-Lautrec museum at Albi or the chefs d’oeuvre of Romanesque sculpture at Moissac and Conques. So not having your own transport in rural France need not be a disadvantage. Please refer to Atelier de la Rose’s web site for all the possibilites and their costs. In addition you can be picked up from certain train stations or Bergerac airport for an extra charge. You can also go shopping with Sally (which may include a visit to a local vineyard).

Artists’ feedback can be found on the Guest Book page of or on TripAdvisor.

Residency Programme since: 1992
Description of Organisation:

Atelier de la Rose was founded in 1991 by artist/lecturer, Ed Herring, and art historian/lecturer, Sally Gaucheron. Sally continues to run the organisation after the untimely death of Ed.

It is situated in the heart of a medieval hilltop village in S.W. France (in the Lot or Quercy).

We are unique in providing a personal and flexible service to an international clientele.

English and French spoken.

Organisation founded in: 1991
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Private company
Working Languages:
  • English
  • French
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 1
  • Weeks: 2
  • Weeks: 3
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: 2
Number of artists in residence at one time: 2
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Shared accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Internet
  • Meals
  • Cleaning
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • Application process: Open call
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): From 412 euros
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Selection process: N/A
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Bergerac
    Nearest Train Station: Monsempron-Libos
    How to reach by plane: Bergerac, Toulouse, Bordeaux airports
    How to reach by train: Cahors, Gourdon, Agen, Monsempron-Libos
    How to reach by car: See Access page on web site for more information:
    Street & Number: Le Bourg
    Postal Code: 46700
    City: Montcabrier
    Country long: France
    Le Bourg
    Montcabrier 46700 FRA
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