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Artists in Residence

In our endeavour to promote art and culture we offer the Artist in Residence programme. We offer peaceful studio and living space, set in nature, for artists to nurture their creative spirit. We are open to all nationalities, and provide a meeting point for artists to live, meet, work and to explore the rich culture of South Indian. Projects are open to artists who want to create on site and develop in our unique open space. We encourage the use of local resources and work with local craftsmen.

We have had several internationally renowned, artists, writers, and film-makers stay with us.

Residences are available for 1 to 3 months in December, January and February and from June to August.

For information or to submit a project, please contact Emilie Klein.

Some of the residence projects and the artists are:


Coming soon

Théo Lescot Pardon (Painter)
Julien Colombier (Graphic Artist)
Heidi Kampfer (Sculptor)
Frederic Delangle
Jean Paul Ganem (Land Artist)


Jean Marc Dumont
Second residence to make wood sculpture.
Yaze Yassine Meknache (Painter)
A collaboration with Artyzan Atelier for producing birds in embroidery.
Hugo Chamoux (Movie Maker)
Creation of 2 short film on Dune and Artyzan.


Mosko & Ass
Creation of a wall painting with animal on Artyzan building opposite to the reception.
Frederic Delangle (Photographer)
Continuation of his residence of the past 2 years, photos on Indian shops and road crossing.
Ira Trivedi (Writer)
After 2 years of research she came to put together her new book. India In Love
Shivani Alhowalia (Musician)
Writting of songs and concert in Auroville.


Kimia Kline (Painter)
She did a workshop on collage with the Art Pyramid School students from Auroville.
Frederic Martin (Sculptor)
Produced a series of plaster of Paris sculpture moulding the faces of the guests in clay.
Artiste Ouvrier
A 15 days workshop with the Art Pyramid School students from Auroville on how to make a manuscript. Wall painting of the Wood house 2.
Frederic Delangle (Photographer)
Continuation of his residence of the past 2 years, photos on Indian shops and road crossing.
Zeto (Painter)
Personnal research on faces, you can see one of his work in the kitchen wall. Also did a large wall painting on Artyzan parking.
Heidi Kampfer
A series of sculpture made with recycle materials taken from the beach and burned buildings.


Jean-Marc Dumont (Graphic Designer and Sculptor)
He spend the all month working within our carpentry worshop. He made all the Dune property signagne using reclaimed wood and a fabulous chair-sculpture on use next to the réception.
Teresa Assencia (Writer-director, Yoga Teacher)
She came to write a new documentary on Cassical Indian Dance. During her stay she did a "Yoga for Parents and Chidren" Workshop at Paradise Spa.


Frédéric Delangle (Photographer)
Since university Frédéric is working on a personal «photographic research» based on landscape. He created some important series like « Ahmedabad no life last night», «périphérie périphérique», «plages». He is working on a conti-nuous work based on urban landscape that the top up during his trips. His medium is a «chambre 4X5 inch».

Bruno Sauerwein (Photographer)
came to work on his project « India on the Move ». Made an exhibition at The French Alliance. Decorated the Courtyard House at the Dune with his pictures and worked on limited series of book-cover with Artyzan.

Candace Feit (Photographer)
Photographer based in Delhi for 3 years came to work on her project about fishermen. Please check her wonderful work on :

We are expecting Chantal Jumel Artist. She is working on « Kolams » and she is coming to document herself for a documentary and a book.


Michel Spinoza (French film maker)
comes to document himself for the writing of his new movie.

Katell «ARTD’ECO»
ART D’ECO means ECOlogical ART. Her work philosophy and ethic is to develop the potential of recycling/re-using of waste and unwanted materials in the field of design. Her creations of light fittings recycling aluminium blinds can be seen in the spa and reuse of water tank in the children playground.

Speedy Graphito
is a Parisian Painting artist born in the sixties. He is one of the father of the french Street Art who emerge in France during the 80’s and he is also part of the «Figuration libre» movement. Is a very good friend of Jérôme Mesnager the «godfather» of our residence. During his stay he print his paw colorfully all over the Dune, painting a car, a gate. And gave us a live paints show for new year’s Eve.


Nicolas Chorier (Photographer)
one of the finest exponents of kite photography has spent the last 10 years traveling and photographing the length and breadth of India. Kite photography is unique, eco-friendly and gives a perspective that is not possible through other aerial means. He documented the Dune from the sky.


Danasegar (Pondicherry Tamil Painter)
Starting of a sculpture on a tree trunk deposited by the Tsunami.

March / April
Keïty Anjoure (Contemporary Dancer)
She explores, with classic dancers, yogi masters, and Indian contemporary artists some of the symbolic, energetic and emotional values, the “Mudras”, the hand gestures in Indian dance. 11th & 14th March: Performance at the Alliance Française of Pondicherry and Chennai.

July / September
Brigitte Nahon (Artist)
Brigitte Nahon spends 3 months creating Sculptures, installations, and drawings. Balance and imbalance, solidity and fragility, heaviness and lightness, ephemeral and eternity are the essential meaning of her daily commitment of her Art. NAHON is one of the emerging Artist on the international scene, as shown by the ever present interest for her work from museums, institutions, galleries and collectors worldwide. The Garden room N°6 has been fully painted by her. Check it out, it’s surprising...

December / February
The Crossroads concert series #1 and #2.
Susheela Raman, Internationally renowned Tamil born London based singer, Paul Jacob, Tamil producer and musician from Chennai and The Dune produce 2 concerts at The Dune.

The Crossroads Concert Series aims to unite people hailing from diverse cultures to create new and dynamic musical experiences. Artists are chosen for their ability to communicate directly with their audiences and are deeply committed to the crossing of boundaries. Individually, the artists have unique and interesting musical trajectories.

Tamil Voodoo on 26th january was a musical journey into the intensity and vitality of the Tamil Bhakti and Trance drumming traditions, working with some leading urban talents. It was a musical collaboration featuring Bhakti singing legend Kovai Kamala, Tamil Londoner Susheela Raman and her guitarist-producer, Sam Mills. Chennai’s own Funky Bodhi, along with drummers representing the Tattapam and Tudumbattam traditions of Tanjore and Mettupalayam.

Songs Of The Madmen on 24th february was another musical journey into the devotional music in collaboration with the Bauls singers from Bengal, Vincent Segal from France, Susheela Raman, Sam Mills and Bonnie Chakraborty from Chennai. The Bauls are free spirited, anti-orthodox musical mystics, strong individuals who defy the conventions of both the householder and the renouncer. The Baul tradition upholds the body as the arena of self-realization...

With their intense musicality, earthy passion and mystical riddles their music is fierce, poignant, unpretentious and full of love; Bengal’s gift to the world.

Both concerts where attended by around 600 persons.


December / January
Sylvie de la Dure (French Architect and Artist)
Ephemeral Intervention on the beach “A toutes les âmes qui peuplent le ciel”, a reminder of the tsunami affected victims.


Leopold Koussikas (Painter)
20 paintings on the subject of memory.


January / February
William Wilson (Painter)
Creates a “Zen Garden” on the site of the residence. (destroyed by the tsunami). Prepares the book Aglaé en Inde, éd Jalan.

January / June
André Cervera (Painter)
He came to complete his studies on Indian deities, exposition in April of these studies at the Aurodham gallery in Pondicherry.

Jérôme Mesnager (Painter)
Creates a blue wall on the site (400 m long, destroyed by the tsunami).

February / March
NoART (Designer)
Together with local iron-workers and carpenters, he creates a gate that leads on to the beach (Miracle .... It survived the tsunami!).

Emmanuelle Renard et Frederic Kleinberg (ACT 2) (Painter)
Project of giant etching with road roller not finished because of Tsunami disaster on the site of the Residence. Creation of two paper frescos (2 rolls of 18 m) on the subject of the Tsunami.


Jean-Lionel Breuil (Illumination artist)
Leads a 15 day workshop on light creation. Sets up illumination for the restaurant and the gardens of “The Dune Beach Village”.

January / March
François Weil (Sculptor)
Private studies in the quarry and the atelier of Mr. Ramalingam. Creates a granite fountain for the Hotel Le Dupleix in Pondichéry with Mr. Ramalingam’s team.

January / March
André Cervera (Painter)
Leads a workshop on the subject “Painting in Music” in collaboration with the group “Medicis” who composed the sound track of the performance. Private studies on Indian deities.

Jérôme Mesnager (Painter)
Exposition of 50 pictures on the subject of “Ganesh” at the Alliance Française in Pondicherry.

July / August
Caroline Lejeune (Painter)
Leads a 15 day workshop on the subject “How to proceed from photo to canvas”.

July / August
Marie-Claude Beck (Painter)
Leads a 15 day workshop on the subject of Paper. Private studies on the subject of Memory.


Jérôme Mesnager (Painter)
Continues his studies on “Ganesh”.

July / August
Mariane Guyader (Sculptor)
Leads a 15 day workshop on sculpture with terracotta / baked clay with the students of the Art School of Auroville on the subject of “The Poet’s House”. Training in sculpture on bronze (lost wax) within the workshop “Raja” at Swamimalai.

Emma Foreman (Painter and sculptor)
Creates a sculpture on granite. Training in sculpture on bronze (lost wax) within the workshop “Raja” at Swamimalai.

July / August
Tim Laser (Musician and flute player)
Creates a first long feature movie in DV. Creates the sound track with Indian instruments.


February / March
Jérôme Mesnager (Painter)
Leads a 15 day workshop to create a wall painting on the subject of the galaxy. Prepare a private study on the subject of “Ganesh”.

Jean-Louis Dulaard (Painter)
Private studies about colour and paper and interaction with local artists.

July / August
Dhin Thi Tien (Photographer and video artist)
Leads a 15 day workshop on the subject “How to make a film”. Makes 3 short films with 15 participants.


March / April
Pascal Arnold (Author and director) & Jean Marc Barr (Actor, author and co-director) Writing of the screenplay “Being light” and location of the set. August : shooting of the film “Being light” (starring Romain Duris, Elodie Bouchez and Jean-Marc Barr) the third and last film of a trilogy Dogma on liberty.

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