Artist Workshops and Retreats in SW France
Artist Workshops and Retreats in SW France

A Boste art residency

The residence is A BOSTE, or in Bearnais language , Your Home (Click here to see photograph galleries of the workshops, accommodation and surroundings)

Meet other artists, come on retreat, enjoy the stunning landcape and views, meditate with the sunrise or sunset in the tower ( or paint or photograph). This is a time for you, to rest and recuperate, an incubation space, but also if you get inspired to do lots of work the facilites are there. Swim in the wild, the river is a lovely swimming spot! Walk around the island in the river, and it’s wildness.

YOU could be a painter, a sewer, a sculptor ( small space for now) a ceramicist, a pianist a writer a wanderer just wanting a change and to meet some interesting people.

You get to use: your bedrooms, living area and kitchen. Often residents make friends and take it in turn to make dinner together.


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, Hokusai, Martin, Boudin

3 with baths ensuite, shared WC Hesse, Scherbarth, Abakonowicz

I without bath ensuite, just a sink. This is the biggest room however and can sleep up to 4 people comfortably if sharing is desired. The bathroom is across the corridor and is beautiful with an old cast iron bath and a view to a ruined castle.

There are 3 /4 studios in the house and several more studios available across the road at the Old Ham Factory. There is also a huge studio on the top floor which is used for exercise or work space.

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. We are exploring catering for residents, we do have catering for all workshops

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 1000 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 if they can, 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