La Porte Peinte Centre pour les Arts


La Porte Peinte is first and foremost a haven and sanctuary for creative work. A residency here is designed to enable creative exploration, concentrated work and exchange in an inspiring and supportive environment.

La Porte Peinte USA, as a non-profit branch of the larger LPP project, aims to widen the field of opportunity to increase diversity, with a focus on individuals or groups who might otherwise lack access to such resources, e.g., artists affected by war, natural disasters, economic hardship or any form of discrimination. LPP USA aims to actively seek out such artists wherever in the world they may be, and to extend support to them through residencies, masterclasses, collaborations, or exhibitions.

Areas of specific focus include film, photographic and written reportage that promotes global awareness and understanding; applied art that brings traditional techniques together with contemporary concerns, materials and methods; sustainable design; creative work by women and emerging artists of all ages; LGBTQ art; and practitioners from Africa, Haiti, and Latin America.

If an artist in residence wishes to learn about traditional materials and methods of art or craft, or to collaborate with an artist or maker from the local community, we will make introductions and facilitate arrangements. If an artist requires only solitude and optimal working conditions, we provide both.

In addition to the opportunity to work with total focus on individual creative practice, an important feature of our programme is the chance to connect with the local community via our gallery, workshops, events, and tea room. Where appropriate for an individual’s practice and project and within the context of gallery programming, we can sponsor in situ shows and events.

For emerging artists, the opportunity to engage in the complete artistic life cycle of concept > production > presentation > sale via a show in the gallery is one that can be both motivating and inspiring. Beyond this, an essential aim at LPP is to generate creative community, one intrinsically planted within the dynamic community of the modern-medieval village of Noyers sur Serein, which itself sits harmoniously in the pastoral landscape of northern Burgundy.

We welcome artists, performers, writers, musicians, filmmakers, photographers, and creative thinkers. Collaborative groups and partnerships are welcome to apply. Our physical resources include private studios appropriate for painting or sculpture, outdoor covered spaces, and several small indoor spaces that lend themselves to writing or digital work. We have a simple, rustic analog photography darkroom.

For those who wish to explore locally available materials and technologies, these resources include limestone and lime plaster, iron, pigments, clays from the Puisaye area, and oak.

At La Porte Peinte, in addition to our core self-directed residency programme, we offer individually tailored mentored residencies for artists of any age. We also offer family residencies during a designated period each year, residencies in partnership with L’Air Arts in Paris, invitational fully subsidised residencies, and some partial and full fellowships to help with residency fees.

La Porte Peinte is now accepting applications for residencies for 2019 and 2020. We accept applications on a rolling basis, but for those artists who intend to apply for grants to cover residency costs, we recommend allowing adequate lead time. We also announce specific open calls with deadlines for themed, invitational, and partnership residencies.

Residency Programme since: 2011
Description of Organisation:

La Porte Peinte is an international arts centre located in Noyers sur Serein, a medieval village in Burgundy that is recognized as one of the 100 most beautiful villages in France. Based in a rambling medieval half-timbered building that leans out over the village square like something from a fairy tale, La Porte Peinte offers artists, makers, musicians and writers in residence the opportunity to engage in creative exploration and exchange in an unusually inspiring and supportive environment. Doors opened in September 2011 with the first artists in residence and the launch of the 160 m2 ground-floor gallery. 2014 saw the opening of a café/tea room and a shop. La Porte Peinte’s nine comfortable bedrooms can house up to 15 people. Workshop spaces and event spaces are available for classes and performances. Along with private residency accommodation, each creator in residence chooses the private studio space most suited to their practice on a first booked, first served basis.

Co-founders: Hiro Ota and Michelle Anderson

La Porte Peinte est un centre international pour les arts situé a Noyers sur Serein, un village médieval de Bourgogne reconnu pour sa beauté et son architecture. Notre but est d’offrir des opportunités d’exploration, de travail et d’échange créatif dans un environnement propice à l’inspiration. En septembre 2011 nous avons ouvert la galerie, avec 160 m2 répartis en quatre pièces attenantes, et en avril 2014 notre café/salon de thé et boutique y ont vu le jour. Notre programme de résidence artistique propose des ateliers de travail créatif, des espaces dédiés aux stages et aux évènements, ainsi que de l’hébergement privé pour les artistes, les artisans, les musiciens et les écrivains. Chaque créateur en résidence choisit sa chambre préférée ainsi que l’atelier le plus adapté à sa pratique créative.

Co-fondateurs : Hiro Ota et Michelle Anderson

Organisation founded in: 2010
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Private company
  • Artist-Run
  • 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
  • Months: 4
  • Months: 5
  • Months: 6
  • Months: 6+
  • Years: 1
Number of studios: between 5 and 10
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 5 and 10
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Room
Private Cabin/House
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Space for partners, families, pets
  • Internet
  • Cleaning
  • Bicycle
  • Library
  • Office
  • Welding tools
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Library/research resources
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : Yes, we have several partnerships.
    Application process: Digital application
    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 residency fee varies according to length of residency and choice of accommodation. Some partial and full scholarships are available.
    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
    • Accommodation
    • Production costs
    • Food
    • Housing
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: We do offer some full or partial fellowships to help with residency fees.
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: Artists who have benefitted from a fellowship or an invitational residency may be asked to donate artwork, complete an installation, or offer a presentation or a workshop.
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    • Cafe/restaurant
    • Open Studios
    • Other
    Selection process: By staff
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Paris CDG, Orly
    Nearest Train Station: Tonnerre or Montbard
    How to reach by plane: Fly into any Paris airport, then take the train or drive, as described above.
    How to reach by train: From Paris: Montbard, 40 km away and a 40-minute drive from Noyers, is served by the TGV from the Gare de Lyon in Paris. Paris to Montbard takes a little over an hour. TGV services from Paris CDG airport also serve Montbard, so if you plan your trip carefully you can take the train directly to and from the airport. Tonnerre, 20 km away and a 20-minute drive from Noyers, is served by TER trains from Paris Gare de Bercy. From London: One may travel by Eurostar from London to Lille, France, then transfer at Lille to a TGV for Montbard. The alternative is to take the Eurostar from London to Paris, then go by taxi or Metro to catch a train to Montbard from the Gare de Lyon or to Tonnerre from the Gare de Bercy. In either case, it is necessary to book the Eurostar and the French train separately. For further information on the Eurostar, and to book:
    How to reach by car: Driving from Paris, the trip takes an hour and 40 minutes under optimal traffic conditions. From the A6, exit at Nitry, 10 km from Noyers, then take the D49.
    Street & Number: 8 rue de la Porte Peinte
    Postal Code: 89310
    City: Noyers sur Serein
    Country long: France
    8 rue de la Porte Peinte
    Noyers sur Serein 89310 FRA
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