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La Maison Kintsugi
Art Residency





La Maison Kintsugi was set up by the artist Garth Bowden to reflect a vision of a life infused with art. A place where creativity, playfulness, contemplation and exchange are valued in equal measure. Where individual practice is balanced with collective conversation. 

The word 'Kintsugi' comes from the Japanese 'Kin' (gold) and 'Tsugi' (join), and therefore literally means 'to join with gold'. Kintsugi can be seen as a metaphor for resilience and transformation.

The purpose of the residency is to give you the breathing space to fully concentrate on your work, research or writing in a beautiful and supportive atmosphere. The standard cost is 550€ per week. For artists on a low income the rate is 450€ per week, and for those with a higher income the cost is 650€. Those paying the higher price help subsidise those on the lower income. Guests are expected to be self led, but some technical assistance, tools and equipment are available including photo studio lights, Steinway grand piano and Korg SV1 keyboard.

LMK offers guests spacious, comfortable bedrooms and bathrooms, dedicated studios, music room, cosy lounge and dining room, a green courtyard and rooftop terrace. Situated in a picturesque village with bakery, cafe and village shop within a minutes walk. The village dates back to Roman times and is surrounded by vineyards, olive groves - ten minutes from a lake and local market. 

Residents have access to a fully equipped kitchen stocked with basic food staples. Meals are often communal with guests taking turns to cook, however there is no obligation to do so. We have close ties to the family restaurant Grand Cafe Occitan nearby that specialises in using locally sourced organic produce.  

Bicycles are freely available, and a car for occasional local outings. 

There is no pressure for any particular output from your time here but at the end of each residency there is the chance to share work, exhibit, open your studio, read your poetry or perform! 

To apply send a bio and a brief description of your work, how you would like to spend your time here, as well as the dates you would like to attend to

The residency is currently open during the months of April, May, June and September, October, November.


Outside of these dates the whole house is available to rent, so if you are interested in using the house to host workshops, as a holiday house, as a group of musicians or artists - please get in touch!



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La Maison Kintsugi is situated in the picture book village of SIRAN nestled between the medieval city of Carcassonne and the Roman city of Narbonne, south of the black mountains and north of the Pyrenees. 

40 minutes drive and train from Carcassonne and Narbonne.

Closest airports Carcassonne (Ryan Air), Béziers, Perpignan, Toulouse, Montpellier, Barcelona. 4.5 hours train from Paris to Narbonne.

Reduced rate pick up and drop off for residency guests from Narbonne & Carcassonne.


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