La Porte Peinte, like other residency centres, is a place that celebrates mobility, community, and exchange. Since we began in 2011, hundreds of artists, writers, dancers and musicians from around the world have spent time with us. Many return again and again. A global community and lasting friendships have been formed. During this time of pandemic, when we can’t travel, we can’t mingle in groups, when we can’t explore new connections and new directions in the outside world, we grasp fully and painfully how important these things are to us. The very dynamic situation with COVID-19 requires cooperation and commitment. Saving lives is our primary concern. The health and well-being of our local and global community is our highest priority.
In accordance with the most recent travel restrictions imposed by government advisories worldwide as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and basing our plans on the information currently available, La Porte Peinte is postponing all residencies up to and until 31 May 2020. We have been communicating with artists, writers and musicians whose residencies are affected. For the most part, we are suggesting rescheduling for dates between August and December 2020, with back-up dates in 2021 or even 2022.
In accordance with the need to social distance and apply rigourous standards of hygiene even post-lockdown, and until the situation is stable, we are aiming to limit the number of artists in residence present at any given time. For family residencies, we will schedule no more than two families at a time — one in the main building and one in the annex building. Bedrooms and studios are private, and each building has its own kitchen.
For group residencies, workshops and retreats, we will work with the group leader to ensure that all social distancing and sanitising measures are understood and practiced by all members of the group.
Scrupulous housekeeping will be carried out before and after each residency. The housekeeper will not perform the usual weekly bedroom cleaning. The kitchen is very large and can easily accommodate several people who are social distancing, but when appropriate we will assign kitchen hours, enabling every resident to have the space to themselves. Hand sanitiser will be supplied on every floor of the building.
GALLERY, SHOP & CAFÉ
In the public space on the ground floor, we will apply all sanitary restrictions outlined by the government. Hand sanitiser will be supplied throughout the space, and tables will be separated by at least two metres. Employees will wear masks and practice rigourous sanitary measures such as frequent hand-washing and scrupulous wiping of all surfaces with purifying substances.
Thank you to our community for continuing to support us and for your kind understanding during this uniquely challenging time. We can’t wait to see you again.
Stay safe, healthy and serene,
Directrice, La Porte Peinte