General information

Brief description of organisation

In 2012 CourCommune was created to add an artistic presence to a rural territory, 100 kilometers south of Paris, far from the capital’s cultural and artistic institutions. The end of 2016 saw the installation of CourCommune in a 19th century building which was once the village shop. A studio measuring 80 square meters, a three bedroom apartment and a garden welcome artists-in-residence from spring to fall.

CourCommune is a not-for-profit organization made up of individual and group members, as well as educational facilities.
Administrative and artistic decisions are made by the President and the Artistic Director. Susan Hamlin (USA), the President of the Board of Directors, is a choreographer and professor of dance history. Anne Brochot (France), the Artistic Director, is an architect and visual artist. Together they review and select the applicants for residences in consultation with professionals in the arts.
A team of volunteers aids with the day to day activities.
We have partnerships with cultural institutions in the region, including the Jardin Bourdelle and the Regional Library of the Seine et Marne.

Brief description of residency program

The goal of CourCommune is to bring a certain poetry of the ordinary into contemporary art.

The expression, Genius Loci, is a constant since the Roman era, used by both architects and poets. The meeting of a geographical location, an historical context and other distinctive elements make a place that, according to Christian Norberg-Schulz, " men their existential attachment."

The creative process can rely on the exploration of spaces and landscapes, the contemplation and life rhythmed by time, seasons and climate as contemporary realities. Exchanges between inhabitants and the consciousness of physical and historical contexts of a place are at the core of our reflection on the roles of art and artists in rural territory.

We wish to make CourCommune an environment for retreat, encounters and experiences, a space to create supported by a space in which to live.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Literature
  • Printmaking
  • Architecture
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

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


Companions allowed
  • Partners
Grants available

We are not able to give grants. When the artist is selected, we send an invitation letter to assist the artist in obtaining the necessary funding for the residence.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Supplies
  • Food
  • Other

We ask for a 500€/month contribution from the artist and any accompanying partner to participate in household expenses.

Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Cleaning

The priority is the work in progress. If the artist desires, an exhibition can be organized.

Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Housing
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Library
  • Kitchen
  • Printmaking Facilities
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

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

How to reach

By train

Gare de Lyon in Paris to Montereau-fault-Yonne.
Transiliens, ligne R :

By plane

By car

100 kilometers south of Paris by autoroute A6, exit Fontainebleau, take the D606 in the direction of Sens for 21 kilometers. Turn right at the round about in direction of Voulx.
21 rue de l´Ile – 77940 Voulx - FRANCE

Nearest airport


Contact information

21 rue de l´Ile
77940 Voulx

Phone: +33 (0)9 51 27 86 86

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