La Maison verte du jardin botanique

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Name of Residency: La Maison Verte

The Botanical Garden of Marnay-sur-Seine (one hour from Paris) offers residencies of creation and research at La Maison Verte within the artistic program Pays’Art.

La Maison Verte hosts artists for a residency of creation: from May to September. It hosts also artists for a residency of research during the winter: from October to April. For residencies of creation, la Maison Verte will organize a public presentation of the artist’s project.

Artists can stay from 2 to 12 weeks. La Maison Verte accommodates up to 3 artists at the same time. For non-French speakers, English and Spanish are also spoken.

The aim of Pays’Art is to open a field of reflection and expression towards a paradigm shift in the anthropocene era. Works created by the artists will be able to be presented to the public, not only in the garden, but also in the village and externally in the spaces of our partnerships. Artists will be able to leave a work at the end of their stay, leaving a trace of their stay and contributing towards building an artistic heritage.

Pays’Art is a concept that emerges from the mesology, that is to say the science of natural environment, that studies in an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary way, the relationship between beings in general, or human beings in particular, with their natural environment, or “milieu”. The question of “milieu” is understood as the specificity of the relation between the living in general, or humans in particular, and their surroundings. The “milieu” is not the environment it’s the reality of the surroundings for a particular species, or a certain culture, that is to say a certain environment or surroundings, specifically appropriated by this species or this culture. It is not the universally given environment that, by abstraction, can understand the science it is what exists tangibly in the real world for this or that species, or this or that culture. Thus the “milieu” is neither given nor universal with its singular reality never ceases to construct itself, the contingent thread of evolution and of history, within the dynamic and reciprocal relationship of a species or of a culture with its specific environment. This distinction between “milieu” and environment was already revolutionary when, under the influence of phenomenology, it made an appearance in biology in the Umweltlehre d’Uexkëll (1864-1942) and in philosophy in the Fudo of Watsuji (1885-1960).

The French philosopher and geographer Augustin Berque is nowadays the principal representative. This has now acquired a new hold with the radical changes that Epigenetic have introduced into the question of evolution. From molecular biology to the ecological crisis of the real world, from quantum theory to history and geography, from medicine to works of art and architecture, the deployment of the mesological perspective brings into question the fundamental ontology and logic of modern civilization. The scientific and philosophical thinking that inspires “Pays’Art” is the mesology:

Residency Programme since: 2013
Description of Organisation:

Since the autumn 2013 the Botanical Garden of Marnay-sur-Seine is running creation and research residencies within the artistic program Pays’Art at La Maison Verte. This place is directly linked to the Botanical Garden and opens itself to artists of all nationalities to have a time of creativity, reflection and production in a rural environment.

The Board of the Association has entrusted Guillaume Reby to run the residency program of La Maison Verte. The team of the Botanical Garden is also supporting the artists in their needs.

The Botanical Garden of Marnay-sur-Seine is an association created in 1995 on the initiative of sculptor Didier Rousseau Navarre, supported financially by the Tenot Foundation, then by the Tenot Family. The Botanical Garden of Marnay-sur-Seine gave itself as a principal objective the creation of the first Botanical Garden in Champagne-Ardenne. This garden has received the epithets of “Jardin Botanique de France et des Pays Francophones” and “Jardin remarquable”. This place is mainly aimed at environmental education and the initiation into natural sciences, also sensitizing those towards environmental issues. Being a recognized Botanical Garden of France, it also contributes towards scientific research and conservation.

To learn more about the Botanical Garden of Marnay-sur-Seine please visit:

Organisation founded in: 1995
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
  • French
Presentation of artists’ work: Exhibition at end of residency
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 2
  • Months: 3
Number of studios: N/A
Number of artists in residence at one time: 3
Studio type and size: Live/work studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • 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
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Exhibition
    • Donation of artwork
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Charles de Gaulle and Orly
    Nearest Train Station: Nogent sur Seine
    How to reach by plane: When you arrive to the airport in Paris, you should go in the RER and then the Metro to gare de l’Est. Then take the train towards Troyes or Culmont-Chalindrey and get off at Nogent-sur-Seine station. You can consult train and bus timetables on the SNCF website Enter your place of departure and Nogent-sur-Seine as your destination, then the precise date and time of your journey.
    How to reach by train: The nearest train station is at Nogent-sur-Seine. From the gare de l’Est in Paris, take the train towards Troyes or Culmont-Chalindrey and get off at Nogent-sur-Seine station. You can consult train and bus timetables on the SNCF website Enter your place of departure and Nogent-sur-Seine as your destination, then the precise date and time of your journey.
    How to reach by car: To come by car, we suggest you consult the route planner offered by or Enter your place of departure and Marnay-sur-Seine 10400 as your destination. The address of La Maison Verte is 25 rue du four, 10400 Marnay-sur-Seine.
    Street & Number: 25 rue du four
    Postal Code: 10400
    City: Marnay-sur-Seine
    Country long: France
    25 rue du four
    Marnay-sur-Seine 10400 FRA
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