La Porte Peinte Centre pour les Arts

General information

Brief 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. 2013 and 2014 saw the opening of a tea room, a shop, an arts club, and B & B accommodation in La Porte Peinte’s seven comfortable bedrooms, which can house up to 15 people. Workshop spaces and event spaces are available for classes and performances. Along with residency accommodation, each creator in residence chooses the private studio space most suited to their practice.

La Porte Peinte est un centre international pour les arts situé à Noyers sur Serein, un village médiéval de Bourgogne. 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 salon de thé y a vu le jour. En mai 2013, nous avons mis en place un club des arts ainsi que des chambres en gîte de séjour. Notre programme de résidence artistique propose des ateliers de travail créatif, des espaces dédiés aux stages et aux événements, ainsi que l’hébergement pour les artistes, les artisans, les musiciens et les écrivains.

Co-founders: Hiro Ota and Michelle Anderson Binczak
Co-fondateurs : Hiro Ota et Michelle Anderson Binczak

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

La Porte Peinte is first and foremost a residency centre, 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; emerging artists of all ages; and African, Haitian, and Latin American practitioners, among others.

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, 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. We have a simple 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.

La Porte Peinte is now accepting applications for residencies for 2015 – 2016. 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.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Educational Programmes
  • Curatorial
  • Administrative
  • Film Making
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 2 weeks
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Partners
  • Other

It is possible to arrange to bring children during designated periods.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Other

In some individual cases, we may arrange for the donation by an artist of an existing artwork in lieu of fee payment.

Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Curator

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Welding Tools
  • Woodworking Tools
  • Simple darkroom. Sound mixing and recording equipment.
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Private Room
Working language(s)
  • English
  • French
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Exhibitions
  • Cafe/Restaurant

How to reach

By train


Montbard, 30 km away and a 30-minute drive from Noyers, is served by the TGV from the Gare de Lyon in Paris. Paris – 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. Paris – Montbard take an hour and 40 minutes, longer if a change of trains is required.


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:

By plane

Fly into any Paris airport, then take the train or drive, as described above.

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.

Nearest airport

Paris CDG, Orly

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Contact information

La Porte Peinte Centre pour les Arts
8 rue de la Porte Peinte
89310 Noyers sur Serein

Phone: +33(0)638891523

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