The application period for the season 2024 is closed
Call of the wild
Sorry It’s late and you are out of sorts. You’ve been up, awaiting and listening. Have you heard it? Can you feel it? At first like a breeze but now growing stronger. You sometimes used to feel like transforming into a piece of furniture, like an itch that’s mechanical. But not anymore. Nature is now calling, drawing you to Faucogney, to its green pastures, woods and thousands ponds, urging you to come (back) to the wilderness – make it known – sing it in the quiet streets, shout it in the forests, mumble it to the frogs or keep it a whisper – The call of the wild.
We hereby announce the Open Call 2024. Apply together or alone, let us help you or ask us if you have any questions – email.
We are looking forward to your applications!
The Villekulla Collective
Two residencies are planned for 2024, during each of which a maximum of five artists will be able to enliven and perform at the Villekulla:
Slot 01: 01. 04. 2024 – 30. 06. 2024
Slot 02: 01. 08. 2024 – 31. 10. 2024
The cost of the stay is CHF 660 per person.
The deadline for applications is 31. 11. 2023.
Our jury is made up of the collective members and external people.
We will decide within two weeks after the end of the application period and then send the positive or negative answers by mail.
At the end of the season, the two groups will be able to realise an exhibition together with the villekulla collective members in an exhibition venue, to make the work produced during the residency visible to the public. The idea is not that the groups have to create a work together. Rather, individual but also collective inputs on the year’s theme «call of the wild» are called for.
The exhibition is dependent on funding received and the capacity of the collective. Details will be communicated during the course of the year.
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.
The selection of artists or artist collectives (hereinafter referred to as A*) is carried out by the collective Villekulla, after effective application and based on the principles of grassroots democracy.
The application is binding and the place is definitely assigned after the selection. Should A* be unable to come to the residence at the specified time, the amount must still be paid or (better) a substitute must be found.
The costs for the residency (3 months) amount to CHF 660 per person and aim to cover ancillary costs for the time of the stay. Personal guests during the stay must be arranged with the other A* and are asked to undertake a solidarity contribution of total CHF 8 per night and person. Please ask guests to respect the work dynamic, it is not a vacation spot. Visits of groups bigger than 5, are to be coordinated with the collective Villekulla.
Pets may only be taken by arrangement.
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. Don’t use the messaging function on Instagram, if possible.
On arrival in Faucogney-et-la-Mer, one member of the collective Villekulla will be present to hand over the house to the A*, 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 A* by third parties. The A* are recommended to take out an adequate insurance in a sufficient amount. The A* commit to treat the provided infrastructure, the surroundings and the neighbourhood with respect and care.
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.
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.
More detailed information about the house and the neighbourhood you′ll find in the «Guide».
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.