Deadline: 28/02/2018

Several flexible residencies available at Le Château 2018!

Are you ready for some serious exchange? Apply and you might meet us and our local community!

Description of residency program 
Le Château started out as HQ for a contemporary dance festival and company, both led under Association Diagn'Art. Over the years it turned into a dynamic cultural centre, anchored in the city and its neighbourhood. 
Le Château is at the same time:

  • An artist residency.
  • A production house for artistic creation by local, national and international companies. Logistic and technical support are offered through sharing of space, equipment and knowledge.
  • A cultural hub and a breeding ground for urban and artistic development.
  • An open stage with a multidisciplinary programme: exhibitions, theatre, dance, cinema, music, circus ...
  • A training centre for (aspiring) artists and cultural operators that offers administrative support to local companies, professional meetings, personalised coaching and other training.
  • A co-working space:  a dance school, a video editing studio, a recording studio, graphic designers and webmasters share our premises and a common charter. Project holders can benefit according to their needs from a user-friendly workspace.
  • An open house for the neighbourhood where young entrepreneurs can develop their activities. Evening courses, HQ for associations, renting of spaces for social activities like baptisms and weddings, a lot is possible.
  • A meeting space for groups and travellers in the context of intercultural exchanges that also offers boarding and lodging.

Le Château is in short a manufactory. A manufactory of artistic identities first of all, but also of performances, of cultural employment, of audiences and above all of collective adventures. Join us!
Although our own main focus is on (contemporary) dance we welcome artists from all disciplines to exchange and to promote intercultural and inter-artistic debate.

Duration of residency
1-3 months in the period March 1st - December 31st 2018. Dates and duration are flexible.

Work equipment, work space and assistance 
The local and international staff of Le Château will be happy to accompany you in the discovery of local life and put you in touch with the people you need to develop your artistic project.
The presence of a dance school, video editors and a recording studio within the co-working space allows different types of artistic creations and exchange.
The venue is equipped with:

  • 2 performance spaces (8X12m and 8X4M)
  • A rehearsal space on the terrace (9X17m)
  • A classroom
  • A cinema space
  • A sound system
  • Lights and video projectors
  • Black dance mats and soft judo mats
  • Stage curtains
  • Offices with desks and WiFi (not always reliable...)

With the partners of the co-working space it is possible to have access to a recording studio, video recording and video editing material. Other arts, crafts and technical materials are often available via our community.  

Le Château is housed in the former palace of the governor of Mauritania in the times of the AOF (French West Africa). The characteristic building is located between the sea and the river on the Langue de Barbarie, right in the middle of the densely populated and vibrant fisherman’s district "N’dar Tout". A 2-minute walk takes you to the historic centre of the legendary city of Saint-Louis which is classified as UNESCO world heritage.
We have 2 large rooms available for artists in residence. Both around 50 M2 with a private bathroom.
The rooms are individual but can accommodate 4 people maximum. Families are more than welcome.
The beds are equipped with mosquito nets.
A shared kitchen is at your disposal. It is also equipped with a fridge stocked with drinks for affordable prices.

Covered by Le Château:

  • Support and advice before your arrival and during your stay
  • Logistic support
  • Disposition of the equipment (A participation fee will be asked for the use of the equipment of partners from the co-working space)

Costs for artists in residence:

  • A residency at Le Château costs €300,- per room, per month (max 2p).
  • For a 3rd and 4th person in the same room we charge an extra €50,- per person, per month.
  • On weekdays there is a possibility to share traditional lunch with the team for €2,- per person, per meal.
  • Please note: International and national transport are not included. 

Expectations towards the artist 
In the light of exchange, Le Château encourages it’s residents to host exhibitions, representations, workshops or shows during and/or at the end of a residency. This is not obligatory, can take place in many forms and can be determined and specified 'sur place'.

Application information 
To apply, please send us a short motivation in which you present yourself. Links to an online portfolio or videos are more than welcome. We are aware that project ideas are very likely to change once you meet the environment for the first time. Therefore we would like to ask you to explain to us in a few phrases not only what your basic plan is but also how you work usually. (Individually / in groups / intuitively / starting with research / etc.)

Selection process
For Le Château exchange is key. Therefore we usually select projects with a strong community factor. This can be collaboration with local artists, the neigbourhood, Le Château, etc. Our selection committee will contact candidates as they come in and will let you know if you are selected a.s.a.p.

Several flexible residencies available at Le Château 2018!

Several flexible residencies available at Le Château 2018!


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