Art & Culture
Whether it is mingling with the local people, learning the native tongue, steeping yourself in French history, engaging in philosophical enquiry, enjoying a guided historical walking tour, or a bicycle expedition through the countryside, you will have the opportunity to discover a slice of the French life as you see fit.
Eygalières is home to a tight knit community of artisans, artists, tradesman and farmers. Within the village lies Calan d’Art, an art association that fosters the continued promotion of its local creative community, from poetry and prose, to literature, performance, painting, sculpting, and music.
Jazz nights at Café de la Place often light up the town centre, and creatives, whether poet, actor or sculptor, can be found mingling and collaborating en plein air while enjoying charcuterie and wine. At NG Art Creative Residency, residents will have the opportunity to engage with this local creative community and explore the local emerging art scene.
Avignon has been dubbed the cultural capital of Provence. Situated on the left bank of the Rhône, only 30 minutes from Eygalières, Avignon is home to many boutique galleries and collections including The Lambert Collection, Musée du Petit Palais, and Musée Angladon, an 18th century mansión that showcases legendary paintings, drawings and sculpture. Avignon champions emerging and established artists of all creative disciplines, and the streets of Avignon are filled with lively cafes and bars, historic public art and sculptures, as well as an emerging street art scene.
The ancient town of Arles, at the heart of the Rhodanian Provence, is one of the most culturally rich cities in France with its Roman and Romanesque monuments, ancient aqueduct and Amphitheatre, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Located only 40 minutes from Eygalières, Vincent Van Gogh spent several years painting over 300 works in the town centre and its surrounds, including the infamous Café Terrace at Night.
Home to the well-known Rencontres d’Arles Photography Festival and the National School of Photography, Arles is at the forefront of Provence’s cutting edge contemporary art scene, with an abundance of artist run spaces and student galleries. Arles is also gateway to The Camargue, a Nature Park that comprises 86,000 hectares across the communes of Arles and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, famous for its emblematic birds, flora, white horses and Mediterranean salt marsh.
Aix-en-Provence is a thriving creative hub, located one hour from Eygalières, that is home to a vibrant painting, sculpture, film, dance, opera, classical music, jazz, and contemporary music scene. The city has inspired many great writers, painters and musicians over the years, including Guigou, Stendhal, Mistral, Zola and, of course, Cézanne. The Cézanne trail through the city leads you to Cézanne’s studio and the Bibémus quarries, 17 acres of wild, brooding landscapes and perspectives with colours and shapes that inspired Cezanne’s most abstract work. The Musée du Vieil Aix, Musée d’Histoire Naturelle, Musée Granet and Palais de Malte are just a few of the collections of paintings, pottery, costumes, figurines, and furniture that can be explored within this dynamic city.
Chateau la Coste
Located one hour from Eygalières, Château La Coste is a vineyard where viticulture, art, architecture and philosophy live in harmony. It is here that artists and architects are invited to the domain to create work en plein air, to be exhibited in the vineyard’s sculpture park. Constantly evolving and encompassing the vineyards entirety, sculptures by the likes of Louise Bourgeois, Tom Shannon and Tatsuo Miyajima are scattered throughout the domain. Alongside the sculpture park, lies the Tandao Ando Art Centre, a space conceived in the architectural form of Japanese masters, creating an extraordinary experience of light, space and nature. Exhibiting the likes of Ai Wei Wei and Tracey Emin, the Tandao Ando Art Centre is exemplary of the cutting edge contemporary art community working and exhibiting in Provence. NG Art Creative Residency participants will have the opportunity to wander and roam through the wooded hilltops, vine filled valleys and picturesque olive groves as they breathe in the creative spirit of Provence and sample the wines.