Residents will receive a monthly stipend (CHF 1’500) to offset the costs of day-to-day living and the cost of materials. Depending on the financial necessities outlined by the candidate, additional funds may be made available to facilitate travel
Located on an exceptional slice of lakeside land on the shores of Lake Geneva between Vevey and Montreux, in proximity to all cultural and natural points of interest of Switzerland, La Becque | Artist Residency hosts and fosters the creativity of artists of all backgrounds and disciplines. Residents benefit from an exceptional site and infrastructure, conducive to accomplishing the project they have been selected for, whether it is focused on in-depth research or on production.
The program is open to both accomplished practitioners and up-and-coming candidates with a high potential for artistic growth. Applicants are evaluated on their practice as well as on the quality and pertinence of a residency project specifically written for their time at La Becque. The residency program will dedicate particular attention to projects exploring the interplay of nature, the environment and technology – notions which are more than ever intertwined and at the core of contemporary preoccupations.
The Principal Residency Program offers two residency durations. Applicants can apply for three-month or six-month residencies. Three months is the minimum, six months the maximum. Intermediary residency durations are in principle not possible. At the time of application, applicants must specify the desired length of their stay. Applicants interested in a three-month residency must name a preferred 3-month period as well as a second-choice period among these same 3-month blocks, which are: January-March 2022 / May-July 2022 / September-November 2022. Applicants interested in a six-month residency can name a preference for either a block of six successive months (from January to June 2022, or from May to October 2022), or name a preference for a combination of two three-month blocks which must then be January-March 2022 and September-November 2022.
Artists-in-residence are provided with a live-work apartment for the time of their stay. The apartments are specifically designed for their artist-in-residence use. Each apartment is 80sqm in size, with a fully equipped kitchen, own washer and dryer, separate bedroom and bathroom and a flexible main live-work space of approx. 40sqm, plus a terrace facing Lake Geneva.
La Becque offers state-of-the-art live and work infrastructure for creative residents. Its vast garden hosts a total of 8 fully-equipped live-and-work apartment, an additional 4 studios, a common workshop, library and an event/conference space. Depending on the needs outlined by their residency project, residents will be granted exclusive or shared use of additional studio space. The studios are 30sqm in size with 3.70m ceiling height and offer ample natural daylight.
A 63m2 space that can be arranged according to particiants' needs, equipped with a kitchen and two toilets, and accessible to people with reduced mobility. On site, residents will find free access to: wifi, beamer & screen and flipchart.
The site offers direct swimming access to Lake Geneva, and stunning views of both the lake and the surrounding Alps. The residency also benefits from direct contacts in most cultural as well as scientific institutions in Switzerland and leverages these for the benefit of its residents.