La Maison Verte

General information

Brief description of organisation

Since the autumn 2013 the Botanical Garden of Marnay-sur-Seine is running creation and research residencies within the artistic program «Pays’art» at La Maison Verte. This place is directly linked to the Botanical Garden and opens itself to artists of all nationalities to have a time of creativity, reflection and production in a rural environment.

The Argentinian artist Patricia Miani created the open call and the Board of the Association has entrusted her and Mathilde Rousseau Domec to run the residency program of La Maison Verte. The team of the Botanical Garden is also supporting the artists in their needs.

The Botanical Garden of Marnay-sur-Seine is an association created in 1995 on the initiative of sculptor Didier Rousseau Navarre, supported financially by the Tenot Foundation, then by the Tenot Family. The Botanical Garden of Marnay-sur-Seine gave itself as a principal objective the creation of the first Botanical Garden in Champagne-Ardenne. This garden has received the epithets of «Jardin Botanique de France et des Pays Francophones» and «Jardin remarquable». This place is mainly aimed at environmental education and the initiation into natural sciences, also sensitizing those towards environmental issues. Being a recognized Botanical Garden of France, it also contributes towards scientific research and conservation.

To learn more about the Botanical Garden of Marnay-sur-Seine please visit:

Brief description of residency program

The Botanical Garden of Marnay-sur-Seine (one hour from Paris) offers residencies of creation and research at La Maison Verte within the artistic program «Pays’art».

La Maison Verte hosts artists for a residency of creation: from May to September. It hosts also artists for a residency of research during the winter: from October to April. For residencies of creation, la Maison Verte will organize a public presentation of the artist’s project, and also contact the local press to publicize the event, as well as sharing it on social networks.

Artists can stay from 2 to 12 weeks. La Maison Verte accommodates up to 3 artists at the same time. For non-French speakers, English and Spanish are also spoken.

The aim of «Pays’art» is to open a field of reflection and expression towards a paradigm shift in the anthropocene era. Works created by the artists will be able to be presented to the public, not only in the garden, but also in the village and externally in the spaces of our partnerships. Artists will be able to leave a work at the end of their stay, leaving a trace of their stay and contributing towards building an artistic heritage.

«Pays’art» is a concept that emerges from the mesology, that is to say the science of natural environment, that studies in an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary way, the relationship between beings in general, or human beings in particular, with their natural environment, or «milieu». The question of «milieu» is understood as the specificity of the relation between the living in general, or humans in particular, and their surroundings. The «milieu» is not the environment; it´s the reality of the surroundings for a particular species, or a certain culture, that is to say a certain environment or surroundings, specifically appropriated by this species or this culture. It is not the universally given environment that, by abstraction, can understand the science; it is what exists tangibly in the real world for this or that species, or this or that culture. Thus the «milieu» is neither given nor universal; with its singular reality never ceases to construct itself, the contingent thread of evolution and of history, within the dynamic and reciprocal relationship of a species or of a culture with its specific environment. This distinction between «milieu» and environment was already revolutionary when, under the influence of phenomenology, it made an appearance in biology in the Umweltlehre d´Uexkül (1864-1942) and in philosophy in the Fûderon of Watsuji (1885-1960).

The French philosopher and geographer Augustin Berque is nowadays the principal representative. This has now acquired a new hold with the radical changes that Epigenetic have introduced into the question of evolution. From molecular biology to the ecological crisis of the real world, from quantum theory to history and geography, from medicine to works of art and architecture, the deployment of the mesological perspective brings into question the fundamental ontology and logic of modern civilization. The scientific and philosophical thinking that inspires «Pays’art» is the mesology:

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

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


Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
Grants available

For the moment we are not avaible to give grants to the artists. Once the artist is selected, we send a letter of invitation that allows each artist to find the funding necessary to come to the residency.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Supplies
  • Food

A contribution of 400 euros per month is asked of each artist and any accompanying person to participate in the running costs of the house.

Expectations of the artist
  • Cleaning
  • Exhibition
  • Donation of an Artwork
Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Housing
Application who/how

Open Call

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Exhibition at end of Residency

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Kitchen
Type and size of studios

Live-work space

  • Private Room
Working language(s)
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
Other activities happening at the space
  • Presentation
  • Exhibitions

How to reach

By train

The nearest train station is at Nogent-sur-Seine. From the gare de l´Est in Paris, take the train towards Troyes or Culmont-Chalindrey and get off at Nogent-sur-Seine station. You can consult train and bus timetables on the SNCF website Enter your place of departure and Nogent-sur-Seine as your destination, then the precise date and time of your journey.

By plane

When you arrive to the airport in Paris, you should go in the RER and then the Metro to gare de l´Est. Then take the train towards Troyes or Culmont-Chalindrey and get off at Nogent-sur-Seine station. You can consult train and bus timetables on the SNCF website Enter your place of departure and Nogent-sur-Seine as your destination, then the precise date and time of your journey.

By car

To come by car, we suggest you consult the route planner offered by or Enter your place of departure and Marnay-sur-Seine 10400 as your destination. The address of La Maison Verte is 25 rue du four, 10400 Marnay-sur-Seine.

Nearest airport

Charles de Gaulle and Orly

Contact information

La Maison Verte
25 rue du four
10400 Champagne-Ardenne

Phone: 06 81 39 13 20

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