What is the Artists Residency | La Becque?
What is the EXECAL Residence programme at La Becque?
Located on the shores of Leman Lake between Vevey and Montreux, close to all of Switzerland's cultural and natural attractions, La Becque | Artist Residency welcomes creators from all cultural and artistic backgrounds to its site. They benefit from an exceptional creative environment, conducive to in-depth research and to the realisation of the artistic project for which they have been selected, whether it is a research or production phase. The large wild garden of La Becque houses eight artists' flats, four additional studios, a model workshop available to all residents, a library, a conference and event space, rooms to facilitate short-term stays, and numerous common areas - not to mention unparalleled access to Leman Lake itself.
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How can I participate in the EXECAL Residence programme at La Becque?
The EXECAL Residence at La Becque is the result of a partnership between ECAL/Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne and La Becque and aims to encourage the development of projects and the excellence of young people in art and design. During the summer of 2022, the EXECAL Residency at La Becque will offer three former ECAL students the opportunity to participate in a four-week residence to develop all or part of a project while benefiting from the unique facilities of the artists' residency, including accommodation, travel expenses and a grant.
Who can apply for the EXECAL Residence at La Becque?
By submitting your application. The 2023 EXECAL Residence at La Becque programmes are subject to an open call for applications from 11 January to 17 February 2023.
Are there any other residency programmes within La Becque?
The call for applications is open to all ECAL alumni, from all disciplines, as long as they have graduated at least three years before the start of the EXECAL Residence period at La Becque in summer 2022 (i.e. candidates must have graduated in 2019 at the latest. Students graduating in 2020 and 2021 are not eligible to apply). The EXECAL Residence at La Becque programme is aimed at both emerging artists and established practitioners. However, applicants must have professional status in their field and have ambitions to develop their practice.
How long is an EXECAL Residence?
Yes, La Becque has its own Principal Residency Program as well as other residency programmes in partnership (with Pro Helvetia for example). The application criteria and rules and the application form for the EXECAL Residency Programme are only valid for this one.
Can I postpone my residence?
The EXECAL Residence Programme offers three residencies, each lasting 4 weeks. Different residency durations are not possible in principle. At the time of application, candidates must choose the residency periods that suit them to participate in the EXECAL Residence Programme at La Becque:
- 28 June - 26 July 2023
- 2 August – 30 August 2023
- 6 September – 4 October 2023
Can duos, groups or collectives apply for a residency?
No. For organisational reasons, ECAL and La Becque cannot offer to postpone the EXECAL Residences that have been allocated.
What is expected from a resident?
Yes, but it is important to remember that EXECAL Residences are awarded for a specific project. Whatever the applicant's constitution (individual or collective), the resources made available remain the same (see "what the EXECAL Residency programme includes"). Collective applications must therefore take into consideration the sharing of these resources.
Can I bring my family with me?
Residents will be contractually bound to respect the code of conduct of La Becque and the framework of the EXECAL Residence. They are encouraged to interact with other residents, as well as with the contacts relevant to their project that ECAL and La Becque will provide. La Becque team will conduct simple interviews with the residents at regular intervals to ensure the progress of their project. Residents will also be required to document their project and provide a residency report upon completion. Before starting their residency, residents will organise their travel and any visas required for their stay, in consultation with ECAL and La Becque. They should also ensure that they have valid health and accident insurance covering their stay in Switzerland.
What language(s) is/are spoken at La Becque?
Yes, partners and/or children are allowed to live with the residents during their stay. However, we remind you that the resources available to residents are the same whether they come alone or accompanied. La Becque does not offer any specific accompaniment or activities for the children of the residents.
What does a residence cost me?
The languages generally spoken at La Becque are English and French. A good command of English is essential to communicate well with the La Becque team and with other residents during the stay. French is a plus as it will enable residents to understand and explore their immediate environment, but it is not a requirement.
How is my application reviewed?
All costs outside of those covered by the EXECAL Residence in La Becque are at the resident's expense. Please note that the EXECAL Residence offers accommodation and working space in La Becque for 4 weeks, travel expenses up to CHF 800.00 and a grant of CHF 1,500.00, helping the resident to cover daily expenses, transport and possible production costs.
Applications are first examined to ensure that they meet the application criteria and rules. Applications that meet these requirements are then examined by a jury composed of three members from ECAL, La Becque and the EXECAL association. It should be noted that the decisions of the jury cannot be contested. Any appeal against ECAL or La Becque is excluded. Successful candidates will be informed by email during the month of March 2023. Non-selected candidates will also be informed.