Studio Faire is an artist-run contemporary art space in South West France, providing residencies for Artists, Makers, Writers, Musicians and all other creative practitioners.
Studio Faire offers a change of pace and the space to create.
Now taking applications for 2024 & 2025
See available dates here
Situated in the market town of Nérac, in the stunning Lot-et-Garonne region, on the northern edge of Gascony.
Here you will find the ‘real’ unspoilt France
Shhh, don’t tell everyone!
Colin Usher & Julia Douglas
Our Aims & Objectives
Support the development of ideas and the production of new work, by offering comfortable, self-catering, accommodation and workshop and study space for experimentation, development and creativity.
Offer a relaxed and beautiful meeting place for national and international working partnerships to develop.
Create a social atmosphere which encourages interdisciplinary feedback or collaboration between contemporary artists, designers, photographers, writers, screenwriters and other creative professionals.
Host events including workshops, talks and presentations by invited specialists, so residents and other visitors to Studio Faire can gain knowledge from other’s expertise.
Contribute and support Nérac and the surrounding region’s cultural calendar, in order to increase its current creative offerings and support the local economy, and, in so doing, help in improving quality of life for our neighbours.
Develop funding opportunities from foundations, trusts and individuals and continue to cultivate partnerships with other funding bodies, organisations and societies who can offer fees and cover other costs to selected visitors.
‘Studio Faire was one of the best all-around experiences I’ve ever had at a residency.’
Jerry Sticker, 2022
‘It’s supportive and encouraging and completely pressure free, allowing you to slow down, focus, and explore, regardless of where you’re at in your project.’
Alexander Roberts, 2022
‘…the residency appealed to me for its independent, “choose your own adventure” philosophy.’
Abby Schreiber, 2021
‘It was a privilege to be there and it’ll be a privilege to go back.’
Celie Byrne, 2020
‘The grounds are vibrant, the house itself is a living sculpture, and the surrounding village is postcard picturesque.’
Krystal Sutherland, 2020
‘…a wondrous village within a village where judgement is the only foreign word…’
Miguel Guerrero Becerra, 2019
If Studio Faire is this great already, with Julia and Colin’s passion, dedication and continued renovations, it’s set to be one of the greats. Apply now before there’s a waiting list a mile long!
Peta Berghofer, 2019
The Studio Faire Residency Fellowships will provide accommodation and practical support to four creative practitioners for a 2-week period in either 2025 or 2026. Open to visual artists, makers, writers, musicians and all other creative disciplines at all stages of...
We have just launched a fundraising campaign at Indiegogo...Our mission is twofold. Firstly, we’d love to offer Studio Faire Residency Fellowships to creatives with a low income, who desperately need the time to focus on a project without too much financial input....
What a day! The Times have listed Studio Faire as one of the best places for art lovers to stay! “If you need to get away from normal life and sink some time into your own work, this handsome, green-shuttered villa in the Gascon town of Nérac should be on your radar…”...