This month, we kick off a project long in the making, initiated by curator and La Becque juror Elise Lammer: based on a year-long research process around experimental film maker and artist Derek Jarman, we will start developing a “garden within a garden” on our site, a local homage to the garden Jarman grew around the cottage he spent most of his last years of life in, located in Dungeness on the coast of Kent in England.
Developed in close collaboration with the Estate of Derek Jarman and London art center Bold Tendencies, the Jarman Garden at La Becque is currently in its initial growth phase and will come to full bloom in fall 2019. It will then become a dedicated site for artistic explorations, starting with a weekend of performative and sculptural interventions, screenings and musical performances, in mid-September. Under the moniker “Modern Nature”, the garden will become a long-term platform for public activation of the themes dear to La Becque, namely the intersection of nature, the environment, and technology.
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
The call for applications for the Principal Residency Program 2020 is now closed. The next open call will be launched in April 2020.
The Jury has met, we will announce the residents in early June.
Meet our jury :
A quick recap of our inauguration weekend that took place on September 14-15-16, 2018. Thank you to all the artists and attendees who contributed to the success of this event !
In addition to its Principal Residency Programme, La Becque launches two first Partnership Residency Programs in 2019, with Pro Helvetia and ECAL respectively.
La Becque artist residency ambitions to host and to foster the creativity of artists of all backgrounds and disciplines. Residents will benefit from an exceptional site and infrastructure, conducive to accomplishing the project they have been selected for.
La Becque’s principal residency program participants will be selected globally by a transdisciplinary jury of experts. The program is oriented towards confirmed artists as well as up-and-coming practitioners with a high development potential.
In addition to its principal program, La Becque will also partner up with collectivities both international and Swiss and collaborate with them to develop specific, tailor-made residency programs. Among others, La Becque will devise residency programs with the art schools (visual arts, design, performing arts) of the Swiss HES-SO network to foster the development of post-graduation excellence.
All programs will dedicate particular attention to projects exploring the notions of nature and of technology – two notions which are more than ever intertwined and at the core of contemporary preoccupations.
LOCATION AND NETWORK
Located on an exceptional slice of lakeside land with stunning views of Lake Geneva and the Alps, La Becque offers state of the art live and work infrastructure for creative residents. Its vast garden hosts a total of 8 fully-equipped apartments in 4 pavilion units. A collective building located near the site entrance features an event space with a capacity of 100, a library and four 30sqm workshops. The sixth building comprises additional flexible work and lodging spaces, administrative offices as well as four additional residential rooms intended for short duration stays.
In immediate proximity to the cities of Vevey and Montreux, La Becque is also less than 30 minutes away from Lausanne, and just one hour removed from Geneva. All of Switzerland’s other cultural and natural hotspots are a few hours away at most from the Swiss Riviera region.
La Becque artist residency was developed under the auspices of the Fondation Françoise Siegfried-Meier.
A violionist of renown born in 1914, Françoise Siegfried-Meier showed an unswerving commitment to the artists of her time. Generous and passionate, she expressed a wish to durably support a number of public organizations and institutions, particularly in the field of the arts, by creating a foundation bearing her name.
Françoise Siegfried-Meier wish for her family’s domain in La Tour-de-Peilz to become a haven of creativity and exchange is now realized through La Becque, a residency infrastructure that is a natural fit for this unique and stunningly beautiful site.
Foundation board :
Guy Nicollier, Chairman
Jean Nicollier, Vice-chairman
Thomas Scheurer, Treasurer
Tamara Jenny-Devrient, Member
François Margot, Member
In order to develop and bring this important residency project to its full potential, the Foundation board chose Luc Meier, for his rich and varied curriculum, his strong Swiss and international networks and his track record in setting up original transdisciplinary cultural programs from the ground up.
Luc Meier, Director
Graziella Torrigiani, administration and production manager
Manon Briod, communication and production assistant
Pierre-Yves Mingard, steward