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The expression, Genius Loci, is a constant since the Roman era, used by both architects and poets. The meeting of a geographical location, a historical context and other distinctive elements make a place that “…gives men their existential attachment,” according to the architect and historian of architecture, Christian Norberg-Schulz.

The Dadaists affirmed at the beginning of the 20th century that “life is more interesting than art” and Robert Filliou, member of the Fluxus movement, added that “art is what makes life more interesting than art”. CourCommune invites artists to focus on the practice of art as a certain poetic of the ordinary.

The creative process can rely on the exploration of spaces and landscapes, the contemplation of life rhythmed by time, seasons and climate. Exchanges with the inhabitants, as well as physical and historical contexts in rural communities are at the core of our reflection on the role of art and artists.

We wish to make CourCommune an environment for retreat, encounters and experiences, a space to create supported by a space in which to live.


Residency Programme since: 2013
Description of Organisation:

CourCommune was created in 2012, 100 kilometres south of Paris. The end of 2016 saw the installation of CourCommune in a 19th-century building which was once the village shop. A studio measuring 80 square meters, a three-bedroom apartment and a garden welcome artists-in-residence from spring to fall.

CourCommune is a not-for-profit organization made up of individual and group members, as well as educational facilities. Administrative and artistic decisions are made by the President of the Board of Directors (a choreographer and professor of dance history) and the Artistic Director (an architect and visual artist).

We have partnerships with cultural institutions in the region, including the Jardin Bourdelle and the regional library.


Organisation founded in: 2012
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
  • French
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 2
  • Weeks: 3
  • Months: 1
  • Months: 2
  • Months: 3
Number of studios: 1
Number of artists in residence at one time: 3
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Printmaking
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Shared accommodation
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Bicycle
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Printmaking facilities
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : Regional library, Musée-Jardin Bourdelle
    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): The first week: 300€ and 150€/additional week. 500€/month/pers.
    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?:
    • Donation of artwork
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Train Station: Montereau-Fault-Yonne
    How to reach by plane:
    How to reach by train: Gare de Lyon in Paris to Montereau-fault-Yonne.Transiliens, ligne R:
    How to reach by car: 100 kilometers south of Paris by autoroute A6, exit Fontainebleau, take the D606 in the direction of Sens for 21 kilometers. Turn right at the round about in direction of Voulx.21 rue de l’Ile – 77940 Voulx – FRANCE
    Street & Number: 21 rue de l’Ile
    Postal Code: 77940
    City: Voulx
    Country long: France
    21 rue de l'Ile
    Voulx 77940 FRA
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