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  • Where can I find the application?
    Apply here!
  • What is included in the Chateau d’Orquevaux Artist & Writer Residency?
    The residency, set in the French countryside, includes all meals, a private bedroom, and a private studio. We host special events such as our Literature Salon, Life Drawing, Business of Art Talk, Writer’s Circle, a final Open Studio presentation, and other events that may be suitable during the year. For more information visit: https://www.chateauorquevaux.com/about-the-residency
  • What is the mission of Chateau d’Orquevaux Artist & Writer Residency?
    Our mission is to create an international environment where all artists are welcome. A safe place to explore, contemplate and share ideas. A place without judgment, where all artists are free of explaining themselves. We aim to empower the creative spirit in its many forms, which in the process, has created a vibrant artistic community. The Chateau d'Orquevaux Artist Residency emphasizes the human experience and the creative process. The residency creates an environment for the artist in their quest for personal growth and artistic expression--while reinforcing that the end product is not necessarily the principal focus. We believe life is a creative journey and consider every moment a part of the process. New experiences stimulate creativity and revitalize the creative mind. For this reason, our residency is self-motivated. The artist must immerse themselves in the French country lifestyle. The things you thought you knew back home will begin to look different. ​This magnificent estate in the French countryside of Champagne-Ardenne is a unique environment, offering artists a place with limited distraction, plenty of food and an abundance of natural inspiration.
  • Are meals provided?
    Yes, all meals are provided. There will be a shopping trip on the second day if you would like to purchase snacks as well. We also provide a typical French breakfast, if you have special breakfast needs (Yogurt, granola, cereal, etc. ) you will need to purchase these at the grocery store. Other than having some vegetarian choices we are unable to cater to any specific dietary needs, we do not offer specific gluten-free or vegan options.
  • Is wine provided?
    Wine and champagne are provided during the welcome reception and will also be provided for one or two other special events. Wine can be purchased from our wine cave for an average price of €10 a bottle.
  • Are any kitchen facilities available for resident use? 
    The Chateau has a kitchen used by staff to create meals daily. Please ask the chefs if you would like to use the kitchen for anything. Residents have a dedicated fridge and personal basket to store items bought on the shopping trip. Guesthouses have a kitchen or kitchenette, with cutlery, dishware, fridge and sink.
  • Are there any stores in Orquevaux?
    No, the wonderful thing about this residency is that the Chateau is in a remote location in the French Countryside. Chateau d'Orquevaux offers a respite from "real" world energy. This magnificent estate in the French countryside of Champagne-Ardenne offers artists a place with limited distraction and an abundance of natural inspiration. On the second day of the residency, there is a group trip to Chaumont to a grocery superstore and art supplies store. If you want to do more exploring of the area, we recommend renting a car for your stay.
  • What day do I arrive and depart?
    The dates of your residency include arrival and departure. If your residency is November 3rd-30th, arrival day is on the 3rd after 2pm and departure is on the 30th in the morning. There are normally two train times on departure day: 7:28am and 9:55am. Train times are always subject to change. If you are leaving by car, check out is by 11am.
  • How do I get to the Chateau?
    We recommend flying into Charles De Gaulle Airport and taking a taxi to the train station, Gare de L’est. Then take the train to Chaumont. We will pick you up outside the Chaumont train station at either 2:06pm or 4:08pm. Train times are subject to change. If arriving by car, please come after 2pm. For more information, and to fill out the travel form, click this link: https://www.chateauorquevaux.com/copy-of-travel-info-tips
  • Will "Chaumont" appear on the Departures board at Gare de L'Est?
    No, Chaumont is a stop on the way to either Belfort-Ville or Mulhouse. When at the train station, check the board as it will list Chaumont as one of the smaller cities under the big city.
  • I want to travel around before or after my residency, can you help with that?
    We are happy to help you answer questions about arrival and departure to and from the Chateau. If you are planning to travel around the area or visit another country, before or after your residency, we recommend using https://www.thetrainline.com/ to help make booking your train travel easier.
  • I don’t know any French, is that a problem?
    No, English is the main language that will be used in the residency program. Most of our staff speak French, and most can also communicate in English. This ends up being a great dynamic: the staff can learn some English from the residents, and the residents can practice their French with the staff.
  • Do I need to get travel insurance?
    We recommend purchasing travel insurance for your trip in case you need to cancel shortly before your scheduled residency.
  • Do I need a visa?
    From 2024, US citizens will need to register with ETIAS to travel to France. ETIAS is not a visa, it is a travel authorization for visa-exempt non-EU citizens, including Americans.
  • Will there be sightseeing in or around the area of Orquevaux?
    Our residency does not provide sightseeing tours, but it is possible to rent a car for your stay and visit some of the various towns in and around our region. For more information, visit:https://www.chateauorquevaux.com/copy-of-our-area-france
  • Should I reach out to the other artists to make travel plans?
    Yes you should! But you don't have to on your own. We create an instagram group chat 2 weeks before your residency where you and other fellow residents can coordinate travel plans.
  • Do I have to bring my own art supplies?
    Yes, you need to bring or ship your own art supplies. You can also order items from art stores in France and have them shipped to the Chateau. There will be a trip to the art store on the second day, and we have an art supplies room with leftover materials from previous artists, this supply is ever-changing. We sell primed canvas by the meter, if you need your own roll of canvas, or more specific supplies there are two online suppliers we often use that can deliver to the Chateau before your arrival. https://www.rougier-ple.fr/ https://www.amazon.fr/ Use this address format for shipping: Chateau Orquevaux (YOUR NAME) 18 Grande Rue 52700 Orquevaux France +33 7 72 08 33 50
  • Do I have to bring my own towels and bedding?
    No, we provide all towels and bedding. Our cleaning staff change your sheets once a week.
  • Do I need to bring my own adapter or current converter for the Chateau?
    We recommend bringing your own adapter (Type C or E), but we do have some spare.
  • Are there easels provided?
    Yes, studios will have an easel, work table, chair, or stool. We also have a small selection of portable easels for plein air.
  • What kind of clothing should I bring?
    Bring whatever clothing you would like! The weather in Orquevaux is very cold in the winter, and pretty hot in the summer. From autumn to spring, we recommend bringing waterproof jackets and boots as it can be a bit wet and muddy. We do have umbrellas available to use whenever is needed. Some residents will pack 1 - 2 nice outfits to wear to dinner. There are various trails around this region, if you want to bring appropriate shoes and clothing for hiking. Also, you can bring a swimsuit, as we also have a swimming area that residents frequent in the warmer months, and even in the colder months for a polar plunge!
  • Do you have power tools at the Chateau?
    We have some power tools such as a blow torch, a drill, Dremel, and a few other items. If you would like anything specific for your stay, please email us.
  • What is the address to ship materials to the chateau?
    Chateau d'Orquevaux (YOUR NAME HERE) 18 Grande rue 52700 Orquevaux France
  • How do I ship things back home after my residency?
    On the day before departure, we will supply boxes, shipping tubes, and other shipping materials for you to use to pack up what you need to send home. We will then assist you in filling out the required forms/ printing the labels to ensure your package makes it home safely.
  • Can I have a partner or a friend visit me during my residency?
    Yes, we allow partners and friends to visit. You will have to let us know beforehand so we can prepare before their arrival. The fee for an overnight guest is €150 which includes all meals and full access to the property. The cost for pickup and drop-off is €50. If you would like to have someone visit for the day, it costs €75 which includes all meals.
  • How big are the studios?
    Studio sizes vary and we accommodate based on your studio needs. We have lots of wall space and studios can get messy! Every studio is equipped with a work table, stool, chair, and easel.
  • Will I be staying in the chateau?
    On the payment form, there is a section where you will indicate if you would like to not be considered for a guesthouse. If you select this, we know to only accommodate you in the Chateau. Please let us know if you prefer a private bathroom as well. Otherwise, bathrooms are shared with a few other residents.
  • What is the cost of the residency?
    Please find the cost and payment page by clicking this link.
  • Can I get a refund if I change my mind?
    Only the deposit is refundable. The residency is non-refundable after the second payment has been made.
  • Can I switch to a different month after I have been scheduled?
    Please contact us as soon as possible. Depending on the timeframe to your residency we will do the best we can to accommodate request. In the event of short notice we would need to find another artist to replace you.
  • Do I have to join Patreon?
    To receive The Denis Diderot Grant and/or The Emerging Artist Grant, we ask that you join our Artists Supporting Artists Patreon account for a minimum of one year (€10 a month). This is a way to become a part of our growing community of artists and pay it forward. This initiative creates opportunities for other artists like yourself to attend the residency. https://www.patreon.com/ChateauOrquevaux/membership
  • Am I still awarded grants if I switch dates?
    If you received The Denis Diderot Grant and/or The Emerging Artist Grant, the grants still apply if you need to switch dates.
  • Will I have any other expenses at the Chateau?
    We supply large canvas (width 160 cm) for purchase of €15 euro a meter. We have a wine cellar where you can purchase wine every day ranging from €10-€22. Also, sometimes we offer massages and these will have an additional cost.
  • If I need to switch dates, is my deposit transferable?
    Yes, your deposit and any payments made will transfer to your new residency date.
  • What if I need to cancel my residency?
    Each situation is different. Please email us immediately at contact@chateauorquevaux.com and we will find a solution that works for both of us.
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