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 haven’t easily been able to travel, mingle in groups, or explore new connections and new directions in the outside world, we have grasped fully and painfully how important these things are to us. The very dynamic situation with COVID-19 has required cooperation and commitment. Saving lives is our primary concern. The health and well-being of our local and global community is our highest priority.
La Porte Peinte is currently accepting applications for residencies in 2023. At this writing France’s borders are open to arrivals from many, but not all, countries for travellers who have been fully vaccinated and/or can show evidence of a negative PCR test or of recent infection with Covid. Airlines may have their own requirements. Because travel conditions are subject to frequent change, we suggest checking with both the French Embassy in your country and with your airline.
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 is carried out before and after each residency. The kitchen is very large and can easily accommodate several people who are social distancing when this is necessary, but if advisable we can assign kitchen hours, enabling every resident to have the space to themselves. Hand sanitiser is supplied on every floor of the building.
We ask newly arrived residents who have travelled by plane, train, or bus to practice social distancing inside LPP for five days after arrival, masking where this is impossible, and testing for Covid on days 3 and 5 post-travel.
GALLERY, SHOP & CAFÉ
The “pass sanitaire”, “pass vaccinale” or its equivalent are no longer required to gain entry to LPP’s gallery, shop and café, just as masks are no longer mandated. In this public space on the ground floor, we apply all sanitary restrictions outlined by the government. Hand sanitiser is supplied at the entrance and in the bathroom. Employees practice rigorous 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