RURART contemporary art in rural area / art contemporain en milieu rural

RURART contemporary art in rural area / art contemporain en milieu rural is an artistic residency following the mission to reconnect people to nature and agriculture via the medium of arts.
RURART is a space where the creative forces of earth, human and art meet.
RURART takes place on a pioneer farm in organic agriculture in the Eastern-Townships of Quebec, Canada. Other then agriculture, many activities are going on the farm such as cottages rentals, kindergarten, artistic events, exhibitions and workshops.
The idea behind RURART is to bring art outside of its traditional structures, to invite artists to go beyond their level of comfort and explore the many possibilities that rural environment has to offer.
RURART offers two programs:
PER – Production in rurality – a collective and directed experience which takes place each season at specific dates and
RER – Research in rurality –  an autonomous experience which takes place from April to October.
At the end of the residency, RURART organize an event for the artists to showcase their work to the public in a natural environment, in a place which has inspired them. RURART welcome between 5 to 10 artists at a time. Artists are able to choose whether they want to stay in the dormitory ($), stay in a private cottage ($$$), or stay in a cabin in the woods ($$), all which are located on the farm.
Open Space and CNV rules are at the base of RURART’s structure.

Residency Programme since: 2012
Description of Organisation:

Based on a pioneer organic and community farm, sharing space with passionate people developing there own project (kindergarten, vegetables family basket, agro-tourism, more to come) RURART is privileged to evolve in this unique setting.
RURART is form by a team of volunteers
Amelie Lemay-Choquette – contemporary dancer and painter –  artistic and general director
Dominique Leblanc-Bolduc – administrator of the art – administrator
Aube Forest-Dion – theater and humour – event coordinateur
Laurie Salvail – communication

Organisation founded in: 2012
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • English
  • French
Presentation of artists’ work: Exhibition at end of residency
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 1
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: 1
Number of artists in residence at one time: N/A
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Room
Shared Apartment
Private Cabin/House
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Shared accommodation
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Space for partners, families, pets
  • Access to salvaged and natural materials
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Networking
  • Promotional services
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • 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): 325$ cdn for 1 week – PER program
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): Yes
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): RURART offers 1 grant to one of the 8 artists in the PER program – Production in residency- four time a year. The grant convers housing for one person in the selected project.We encourage artist to apply for grant in their region. We can provide a letter in order to support them in their process.
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Accommodation
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Production costs
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Exhibition
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Montreal Pierre Eliot Trudeau Airport
    Nearest Train Station: Montreal
    How to reach by plane: 90 minutes from Montreal Pierre Eliot Trudeau Airport
    How to reach by car: 90 minutes from Montreal Airports15 minutes from Sherbrooke city
    Street & Number: 540, chemin Labonte
    Postal Code: J0B 1M0
    City: Cookshire-Eaton
    540, chemin Labonte
    Cookshire-Eaton J0B 1M0 QC CAN
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