PAF is not a venue which has the budget to produce, promote and distribute projects, but it is a house offering generous space and unlimited time, a possibility to shape your own conditions of work, as well as contact and exchange of content and other modes of production with the artists and theoreticians working at PAF.

PAF is an institution which continues to develop on the basis of what each person brings through his/her engagement. It has no other aim but to operate on the

principles of self-organization, whereby one assumes the responsibility for creating and organizing his/her own work and activity in PAF. One can be working alone in PAF. But PAF also offers spontaneous ways to interact with others, without forcing


– Anybody can use the house for artistic processes on the condition of paying a participation to the costs (rental costs)

– Everyone is responsible for their own activities

– Everyone makes things possible for others

Residency Programme since: N/A
Description of Organisation:

PAF (=PerformingArtsForum) is a place for the professional and not-yet professional practitioners and activists in the field of performing arts, visual art, new media and internet, theory and cultural production, who seek to research and determine their own conditions of work. PAF is for people who can motorize their own artistic production and knowledge production not only responding to the opportunities given by the institutional market.

Initiated and run by artists, theoreticians and practitioners themselves, PAF is a user-created, user-innovative informal institution. Neither a production-house and venue, nor a research-center, it is a platform for everyone who wants to expand possibilities and interests in his/her own working practice.

PAF is

– a forum for producing knowledge in critical exchange and ongoing discursive practice

– a place for temporary autonomy and full concentration on work

– a tool-machine where one can work on developing methods, tools and procedures, not necessarily driven toward a product

– a place for experimenting with other than known modes of production and organization of work, e.g. open source production

PAF is located in the village St.Erme approximately 35km west of the city of Reims (Champagne) in France and approximately 20km south-east of the city of Laon (Aisne), 130km northeast of Paris, 240km south of Brussels

Organisation founded in: please-choose
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • English
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 1
  • Weeks: 2
  • Weeks: 3
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: between 5 and 10
Number of artists in residence at one time: more than 20
Studio type and size: N/A
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Shared accommodation
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Bicycle
  • Car
  • Computer
  • Library
  • Photography-Darkroom
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Library/research resources
  • Networking
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • N/A
  • Application process: Other
    If other, please specify: Booking via sending an email, no selection
    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): 18 euro per night when you stay 5 nights and more (20 euro when less than 5 nights)
    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
    • Food
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Selection process: N/A
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Train Station: St-Erme
    How to reach by plane: From Paris Airport Charles De Gaulle:Take RER B (You need a special ticket), the travel time is between 35 en 55 minutes) Both RER tracks at CDG for Paris stop in Gare du Nord, take the one that leaves firstAirport CDG (Charles De Gaulle)-Laon. Train+Bus. Goes 20 times on weekdays. Buy a bus/train ticket Roissy-St.Erme.For mor info:
    How to reach by train: Trains from Paris.Two options.The better one, from Gare du Nord to Laon. Travel time 1.35m. (Reims is 37km from St Erme and Laon 20km). In Laon you can take the train to St.Erme, 14min.Or, but this one takes longer, from Gare de L?Est (400 meters next to Gare du Nord) to Reims. Travel time 1.45min. From Reims you can take the train to St.Erme 23min.
    How to reach by car: You will find St Erme on the french maps under &lsquoMAPS&rsquo. If not you will find Corbeny. Corbeny is on the N44, which is south paralel to the A26, between Laon and Reims
    Street & Number: 15, rue Haute
    Postal Code: 02820
    City: St Erme Outre et Ramecourt
    Country long: France
    15, rue Haute
    St Erme Outre et Ramecourt 02820 FRA
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