The Villa Villekulla – a place for artists. An antique house with space for living, studios, workshops and showrooms, located in the medieval nucleus of the remote village Faucogney-et-la-Mer (FR) amid the „Plateau des mille étangs“. The Villa facilitates slow living and serenity, thus space and inspiration to let artistic processes unfold and concise contemplation take place. A space with fertile ground for discourses, about vita contemplativa and activa, a space for temporary communities, a space for interventions and revitalisation.
The residents of the Villa mainly live in autonomy and by themselves. The facilities are taken care of by the current group of residents and with the according solicitude. Mindfulness and awareness are constant co-beings and from time to time, the pears need to plucked off the tree. However, to assist coordinating projects and spaces as well as to welcome newbies and wave farewell to the departing, beings from the collective will tag along the residents, sometimes.
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The selection of artists or artist collectives is carried out by the collective Villekulla, after effective application and based on the principles of grassroots democracy.
The costs for the residency amount to CHF 150.–, per month and person and aim to cover ancillary costs for the time of the stay. Personal guests of the residents are asked to undertake a solidarity contribution of total CHF 50.– per week and person. Visits of groups bigger than 5, are to be coordinated with the collective Villekulla.
Communication / Publicity
The residents are free to use Villa Villekulla’s blog and instagram-account to publish and promote work and are bound to do at least one contribution during a stay.
On arrival in Faucogney-et-la-Mer, one member of the collective Villekulla will be present to hand over the house to the incoming residents, and take it back before departure.
To use the workshops, an introduction must be made during the handover. In the event of confusion regarding the use of machinery or materials during the residence or in the event of loss and/or damage of furniture and/or infrastructure, the contact person must be informed and the relevant item be replaced upon agreement with the contact person.
The collective Villekulla does not assume any liability for the damage of any objects from and of the house, especially no liability is assumed for the loss or damage of private objects or in case of injury of residents by third parties. The residents are recommended to take out an adequate insurance in a sufficient amount. The residents commit to treat the provided infrastructure, the surroundings and the neighbourhood with respect and care. More information about the neighbourhood in the manual How to?.
Smoking is prohibited (except the courtyard).
During the residency, plants in and around the house may also be cared for, please water them. And dispose of anything mouldy or declared as waste: green container out on Tuesday and yellow container out on even calendar weeks’ Thursdays.
Before departure, all rooms used have to be cleaned (not only broom-cleaned) and put back to their original condition. Bed linen, rags and towels are to be washed and hung up to dry. Consumables in the kitchen (oil, vinegar, salt, etc.) are to be filled up from the ground floor storage.
Last but not least: We do have a lot of space for many things, but we do not want to become a Fundus. Therefore, please take all material back with you, we do not accept material donations – except by arrangement.