Châtelain | Founder | Director
Chateau d'Orquevaux has been the property of The Attias family since 2002. Ziggy Attias, Châtelain since 2016 has made his success as an Artist, Designer, Entrepreneur, Award-Winning filmmaker, and father of three daughters. His days are now spent in the French countryside dedicated to his dream, the residency program of Chateau d’Orquevaux. As Founder, Ziggy took on this project in the hopes of creating a community and home for artists of all mediums, backgrounds, and stages in their journey. The International residency has grown remarkably over the years and has now proudly hosted artists from all over the world. The residency has received applications from over 125 countries.
The Father, Unblinking (Trailer)
Directed by: Ziggy Attias
Written by: Brian Evenson
Short Film | 90 Seconds | 2006
82 Film Festivals | 11 Best of Awards
Beulah van Rensburg
Artist Residency Director
Since 2020 Beulah van Rensburg has been The Residency Director at Chateau d'Orquevaux. Beulah is a practising artist herself and as Director she uses her vast experience working with artists for over 20 years to conduct studio visits with the artists at the residency which includes discussing career, direction and to offer critiques. Prior to joining The Chateau team, Beulah is the founder of Van Rensburg Galleries in Hong Kong and Australia. In 2012 Beulah opened a Gallery in Hong Kong and while representing 35 International artists she started exhibiting at the Affordable Art Fair worldwide all the while curating collectors on an international level. Following the success of the art fairs Van Rensburg Galleries established a regular Popup gallery in New York City followed by a gallery in Australia. Since 2021 Van Rensburg Galleries continues to operate under new ownership. In 2022 Beulah was invited to join the curatorial board at Artfinder the leading online art platform. As a board member Beulah curates shows on the platform and finds appropriate artists to be represented.
Application consultations | Artist Bio and CV assistance
Asia Stewart is a Brooklyn-based performance artist, writing instructor, and application consultant. Asia is available on a freelance basis.
Stewart is certainly no stranger to the demanding process of completing grant and art residency applications and now uses the strategies she has learned in her own career to help other artists improve their writing and editing skills. Stewart first formally began working as a writing instructor while studying at Harvard University and the University of Cambridge and now has over five years of tutoring experience. She finds it particularly rewarding to help artists and creatives develop ways to express themselves clearly through their biographies and artist statements. Her students have successfully received a number of fellowships and gained admission to MA programs at universities that include UC Berkeley, Columbia University, New York University, and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.
Stewart offers virtual one-on-one classes to help artists refine their bios, artist statements, and application materials through her website Excel with Asia. She uses a sliding-scale payment system and encourages students to pay a rate that seems reasonable to them based on income and personal circumstances. The minimum rates for 30-minute, 45-minute, and 60-minute classes are $30USD, $40USD, and $50USD, respectively. For more information about booking classes through Excel with Asia, please visit the website or email Asia Stewart directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. For those interested in following Stewart's artistic work, please visit her website www.asiastewart.com.
In her artistic work, Asia attempts to transform the language specific to studies of race, gender, sexuality, and diaspora into materials that can be felt and worn on the body. As a National YoungArts Winner in Musical Theatre and a former National Arts Policy Roundtable Fellow with Americans for the Arts, Stewart uses her past experiences on stage to inject her work with a heightened sense of theatricality. Her pieces have been showcased in multiple NYC venues including the Mercury Store, Untitled Space, NARS Foundation, A.I.R. Gallery, and Kellen Gallery, and one work was recently acquired by North Carolina's Mint Museum.