this year’s appli­ca­ti­on peri­od is closed

Stay insecure

The sta­te of the world appears fra­gi­le. A voice cal­ling for sta­ble grounds, for solu­ti­ons even, is beco­ming lou­der and lou­der around us and within us.
Uncer­tain­ty haunts us as much as ever­yo­ne else – we, as the working coll­ec­ti­ve of the Resi­den­cy Vil­le­kul­la, are uncer­tain about our ways of doing things but then again quite con­vin­ced of our inten­ti­ons. Hence, we plead for allo­wing uncer­tain­ty to be part of our ever­y­day prac­ti­ces, and to
work on over­co­ming it in coll­ec­ti­ve efforts. Stand­points should be chal­len­ged and que­stio­ned, should be refi­ned and res­haped, in rela­ti­on to what sur­rounds us, in rela­ti­on to others, human and non-human. All of this with the only con­stant of kno­wing that we soon have to over­co­me our­sel­ves again. We want that, precisely.

Full of affec­tion for and by uncer­tain­ty exact­ly, we are hap­py to announ­ce our Open Call for the year of 2023.
Appli­ca­ti­ons can be sent indi­vi­du­al or as a working coll­ec­ti­ve, plea­se get in touch with any que­sti­ons and we’ll try our best to be of help.We are loo­king for­ward to recei­ving your appli­ca­ti­ons!
For the rest, stay uncer­tain and let us be a part of it.
xoxo Working coll­ec­ti­ve Villekulla


The Vil­le­kul­la is a place for and by artists, an old hou­se with living‑, studio‑, exhi­bi­ti­on- and working-spaces (which are reg­rett­ab­ly, due to the twis­ty archi­tec­tu­re of the hou­se, not sui­ted for wheel­chair access). The Vil­le­kul­la is loca­ted in the heart of the medieval vil­la­ge of Fau­co­gney-et-la-Mer, in the south of the Vos­ges. The vil­la­ge is to be rea­ched eit­her by hitch­hi­king, cycling, wal­king or by car.
The resi­den­cy is in con­stant trans­for­ma­ti­on, a place in pro­gress, a place of encoun­ters and con­stant col­la­bo­ra­ti­on. Our inte­rest does not lay in what you alre­a­dy have achie­ved, but in what you want to remain unsu­re of.
For the year of 2023, we are able to offer two resi­den­cy slots. In each of such, five artists are invi­ted to live and work in the Vil­le­kul­la respectively:

Slot 01: 01.05.2023 – 31.07.2023

Slot 02: 31.07.2023 – 31.10.2023

The resi­den­cy fee amounts to CHF 660.– per per­son in total.


At the end of the year (Decem­ber), the two groups tog­e­ther with the mem­bers of the working coll­ec­ti­ve of the resi­den­cy as well as the cura­tors of the exhi­bi­ti­on space Krone/Couronne in Biel, will be able to work out an exhi­bi­ti­on. The show is inten­ded to take place as a group exhi­bi­ti­on which brings work crea­ted during the resi­den­cy in cont­act with the public. This is not to ask you to crea­te work all tog­e­ther, but rather we are aiming to host indi­vi­du­al as well as coll­ec­ti­ve artis­tic stand­points rela­ting to our annu­al topic “stay­ing uncertain”.

It seems important for us, in pro­s­pect of the group exhi­bi­ti­on, that the two respec­ti­ve groups get to know each other in advan­ce. The­r­e­for, we would like to invi­te you to have lunch all tog­e­ther the day on which the first group departs and the second arri­ves to the hou­se (31.07.2023).

We accept appli­ca­ti­ons until Octo­ber 25th, 2022.

The Jury con­sists out of the Vil­le­kul­la coll­ec­ti­ve and two exter­nal mem­bers.
Appli­ca­ti­ons will pro­ces­sed until the end of Octo­ber, defi­ni­te ans­wers will be sent by email.

shows the fassade on the "rue des fosses" side
Fas­sa­de on the «rue des fos­ses» side

see images below

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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Pot­tery workshop

Common room oven and kitchen


gîte small room


courtyard from above


Outdoor area

Ter­race garden

big workshop gate


church of st. georges


flat 2 entrée

Flat 2

General terms

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 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.

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.
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.

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