Help a couple of artists rehabilitate an 18th Century ex-monastery in Burgundy, France



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    Help needed with simple physical building work, landscaping, removing old plaster from walls, painting, wall papering...
    An old Franciscan monastery from around 1700 AC.
    A couple of young (70/77) artists - sculpture, ceramics, mosaics, photo...
    Discover Southern Burgundy in a region known for its unique Romanesque architecture (Cluny, Paray-le-Monial and many more) and off course its famous Charolais Beef !

    Less than two hours from Lyon, Paris (TGV), Geneva (car).
    We have our studios and normally in summer (July/August) we organizse different art events. Not this year because of the move and the building project.
    We hope to reopen in 2020 especially as it is the tenth anniversary of the Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Marcigny (71)

    We have one cat.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Help


    We have to renovate the oldest part of the buildings to create a new habitat and artists studios.
    We plan to do this in an sustainable manner. There will be a variety of work, carpentry, electricity, plumbing...

    Work in the mornings and in the afternoon we can take you around the sights, eventually to concerts, showings...

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    There is a comfortable campingcar which could accommodate 2/3 (couples welcomed).
    There is accommodation for two singles or two couples in the house.
    We propose to share household duties including cooking...
    Looking after 'guest' the way we see it being quite demanding, we cannot envisage long term stay, one week is the ideal but we remain "open"...

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Please tell us what are your interest and we will tell you if you will be able to fill your free time...
    We like traveling so will gladly show you around the region and could even plan trips further away.
    We can easily fetch you from Lyon's St. Exupery airport or at the closest train stations (we can help you plan this).

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    4-5 to be discussed :)

Francine (above) & Jean-Pierre (below)
The Cats at work
That's where some of the work will take place...
Benjy the 'poodle' taking advantage that the Cats are at work to steal their carefully placed bird baits...
A 'charolaise' cow by Francine
Detail of a mosaic by JP
reclining woman & 'big blue' installation by Francine
horse by Francine
on the road
Sunset (well, that's an obvious comment)
Some of the greenery
Dining room
The lounge
Looking West
The actual house

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