VCCA offers residencies at its Moulin à Nef Studio Center in Auvillar, France, a lovely village on the Garonne River one hour west of Toulouse. Moulin à Nef residencies, modeled on the ones offered at VCCA's base in Virginia, form the core programming. We host four artists at a time, approximately 30 each year. These fellowships are available to VCCA Fellows and specially invited French artists. The residency includes a private studio, a private bedroom with shared bath, and one dinner each week with members of the artistic community of the region. Participating Fellows are responsible for all other meals, all transportation, as well as securing and transporting their own equipment and supplies.
When to Apply
Deadline December 1. Notification goes out by the end of the following February.
You may request a residency of any length, within these three time periods: April 9 - May 3, 2018; June 8 - 25, 2018; and July 12 - December 14, 2018. Ideally, Fellows will be scheduled to arrive on Monday and depart on Thursday, although there is some flexibility.
We require a minimum per diem of $70 but welcome a per diem up to the full daily cost of $180. There are limited partial scholarships available. If you are requesting to pay less than $70 per day, please submit a copy of your most recent tax return (1040 form) by January 1, to VCCA International Programs, 154 San Angelo Dr, Amherst, VA 24521 or via email. We encourage you to obscure your social security number.
The history of the Moulin à Nef has been to offer a cultural exchange opportunity for both the artist and the village. Every month (generally the second Wednesday), there is an event for the community...either a reading, open studios, recital or demonstration. If this date falls during your residency you will be asked to participate. If your residency does not fall on this date we encourage you to have a less formal exchange such as attending a community event or by chatting with a neighbor. Writers intending to read - please consider having some work translated prior to your residency.
This area of southwest France is rich in history, architecture, wonderful wine, and food with Roman, Gallic, and Occitan influences. The medieval cloister at Moissac, the Ingres Museum in Montauban, and the bustling city of Toulouse are less than an hour away. Carcassonne, Rocamador, and the Mediterranean are less than two hours away. The small village of Auvillar is wonderfully picturesque, but it does necessitate some fairly strenuous walking. VCCA’s Moulin à Nef studio buildings are in the Port section of town with the main village located up a steep hill. The path to the village is part of the famous pilgrimage route to Campostello. For more information about the town, visit auvillar.com and auvillar.net.
Accommodations and Meals
Fellows are housed in the Maison Vieilhescazes, a four-bedroom hostel-style house next door to the Studio Center. Fellows will be responsible for their own housekeeping and most meals. One dinner each week is provided. As with all international travel, a sense of adventure is a must and a tolerant personality required.
Who May Apply
Writers, visual artists and composers who are VCCA Fellows and specially invited French artists.
*a Casio Clavier Arrangeur CTK-2100 has been generously donated by Fellow Donna Kelly Eastman for use by composers in residence. Composers should bring compatible headphones. There is the posibility of renting a better quality keyboard with advance communication with Cheryl Fortier.
How to Apply
You can apply online at vcca.slideroom.com.
If you prefer to apply using a hard copy applicaiton please contact us to request one. All information should be submitted in English