“Inspired by the consciousness-raising groups of second wave feminism in the States, the numerous projects that feminists have done with regard to the ‘house’ as a central metaphor (Judy Chicago’s Womanhouse; the Women’s Building; Carolee Schneemann’s “Parts of a Body House”; and the work of artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Senga Nengudi, Betty Saar), I plan to use the layout of the Château as a structuring framework for discussing and working with the many possible directions in which feminist studies and creative practice can go today.” Micol Hebron
Offering a 1-, 2-, or 3-week experience, LA based feminist activist, artist and Chapman University professor Micol Hebron will guide residents through a series of contemporary consciousness-raising and community-building activities, using the physical and metaphorical context of the Château. These sessions are open to adults of any age, nationality, gender identity, creative background, or feminist ideology (we welcome beginner feminists and feminist experts alike!). Participants may sign up for any number of sessions. While each session will have the same general structure, the thematic focus will vary each week (so participants staying for two or three weeks will be able to engage in a progressive program, without redundancies).
The program will move from dark to light, passing through gray zones on the way. Starting in the cellar, we will work with notions of foundations, dive into the subconscious, rummage through our storage and memories, and learn in the darkness through sensory perception and extra-sensory perception. Next we move to the main floor where communal rooms such as the salon, library, dining room, and kitchen provide the opportunity to deconstruct the role of the feminine in once-upon-a-time bourgeois society as well as today. We’ll use our gray matter and our gut instincts to withdraw from and rewrite the traditional notions of nourishment, social activity, and the games people play. Lastly, on the top floors, where bedrooms and studios are, we will sit upon clouds to discuss dreams, creativity, sex and sexuality. I hope that residents will find deeply engaging and useful content in each of the sessions, no matter what their specific personal and professional interests.
Duration of residency
one, two or three weeks:
(Foundations, the Past/Cellar): June 22-29
(The Body, the Present/Main Floor): June 29 – July 6
(Dreams, the Future/Top floors): July 6 – July 13
our creatives stay in the Château d’Ercourt, in rural Northern France, 20kms from the coast.
we have spacious bedrooms, each with its private bathroom.
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
all artistic and creative disciplines welcome
Studio / Workspace
as we will work the mataphore of the house, from the basement to the attic, there is a lot of space to discover… we nevertheless have a shared attic atelier, a library, a music room, a dark room for our photographers and 4 hektars of garden
Fees and support
Pricing includes room and board (breakfast and dinner each day, with dietary accommodations), transportation to and from the train station in Abbeville, transportation for the field trip, and unlimited bike usage. Per session, the costs in euros are as follows:
580€ / triple room (shared with two others) – one triple room available
720€ / double room (shared with one other) – four double rooms available
880€ / two single rooms available
A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the fees must be pais within 30 days of acceptance into the program. The remaining 50% must be paid by 30 days prior to the start of your first Session.
Once paid, fees are non-refundable. Payments can be made to CENTRE POMPADOUR vis Transferwise. An Early Bird discount of 10% will be offered to residents who pay in full by the end of February 2020. Final deadline for all residents will be mid-April.
Residents are responsible for their own transportation to Abbeville (which is typically reached via regional train from Paris).
Please note that Feminist Field School involves daily physical activity that may include yoga, biking, walking, stairs, or swimming. While some of the activities are optional, others will be difficult to avoid and are an integral part of the programming.
Expectations towards the artist
talks and presentation of personal is optional but very appriciated.
if you would like to participate in our video interviews about contemporary feminism you are very welcome!