The residence is A BOSTE, or in Bearnais language , Your Home (Click here to see photograph galleries of the workshops, accommodation and surroundings)
It’s a medieval building , originally the village Guard House, in ancient times horses on the ground floor and soldiers sleeping upstairs, and it’s built of rock and stone, and has a 5 floor spiral stone staircase leading to the tower which has a 360 degree view where you can see the sun rise and set over the Pyrenees mountains. It’s quite a morning meditation, the skies are different every day.
There is a very comfortable living room, with an open fireplace, and an Bosendorfer imperial grand piano.
There is also a reading room/library/writing room
The house is full of original art
There are 7 guest bedrooms
3 with baths ensuite including WC
3 with baths ensuite, shared WC
I without bath ensuite, just a sink and bidet. This is the biggest room however and can sleep up to 4 people comfortably if sharing is desired.
There are 3 to 5 studios in the house and several more studios available across the road at the Old Ham Factory.
The house is in the centre of the village, with amenities within short walking distance.
Residencies are on a minimum biweekly basis, with a maximum of 4 residents at one time. There is use of the kitchen for long term residents.
Workshops will be hosted 6 to 8 times a year, in the spring and autumn, the rest of the time the house will be available for longer term residencies.
Residencies will be 600 euros per week, with a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of two months.
Studio space and a bedroom will be provided.
There is one residency which will be free/subsidised by the legacy and in honour of James Edward Scherbarth, who was very involved in this project.
Each resident will be asked to leave a piece of work which will go into forming a permanent collection and eventually a museum/gallery at the Old Ham Factory.
As the old Ham Factory building is developed, exhibitions will take place in the large hallway there.
The model of the Non profit BeArtz is Ballinglen in Ireland.
For more information contact Magdalena Groszek – +33613425318