this year’s application period is closed
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.
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 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.