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    Residencies & Retreats with Career Coaching & Art Mentoring on the French Riviera

    By award-winning international curator & scholar,

    Dr Wendy Gers,

    at IARE studios, operated by Artist, Lauren Kearns, in Saint-Raphaël.

  • Residencies & Retreats




    07 Sept – 25 Sep. 2020
    28 Sep – 16 Oct. 2020
    02 Nov – 20 Nov. 2020
    04 Jan – 22 Jan. 2021

    23 March – 09 April 2021




    23 Nov – 04 Dec. 2020

    07 - 18 Dec. 2020

    25 Jan – 05 Feb 2021

    08 - 19 Feb. 2021

    01 - 12 March 2021




    3-week Residency - USD 4 500

    2-week Retreat - USD 3 500

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    Saint-Raphaël, France

  • Info

    Uplifting environment & transformational program

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    A charming Mediterranean sea-side port

    Scenic Saint-Raphaël is centrally located on the Côte d’Azur, near several other exciting places: the historic port town of Fréjus with its Roman ruins, Nice & an unspoiled mountainous area called l’Esterel, where hikers & climbers thrive. Beach lovers will also be in sandy heaven! The outdoors is easily accessible, by foot, bicycle, car & public transport.

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    Well-equipped ceramics with new equipment

    • Located in a bustling commercial area, a 2-minute walk to the nearest bus stop, and a 25-minute walk to the town centre.

    • Coffee & tea, crockery, fridge, cutlery & microwave available.

    • Free on-site parking, nearby grocery & hardware stores.
    • An easy-going atmosphere - a typical weekday starts at 9:00 & we break for lunch between 12:30 & 1:30 pm & continue till 5 pm.
    • Studio available after hours & on weekends, but without the assistance of Lauren or Wendy.
    • Core studio values are creativity, friendship, kindness, respect, humour, humility, cleanliness & a positive attitude!
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    Lodging to suit your lifestyle

    • RISE 2020 does not offer accommodation. There are over a dozen BnB’s located close to the IARE studio in Saint-Raphaël.
    • Rental accommodation is easily available for reasonable prices at this time of year. Expect to pay between €400 & €900 for a studio to a one-bedroom apartment, depending on the season & location.
    • We will send you a list of recommendations.
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    Outstanding natural & cultural heritage

    The program has been designed such that you have the weekends free to explore this beautiful area at your own pace. A treasure-chest of natural & cultural riches, the French Riviera & surrounding Var region offers you amazing museums, monuments, fresh produce markets, vineyards & much more.

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    Your inspiring residency

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    Invest in & grow your art practice

    • New, state-of-the-art studio, ceramics equipment & material, a variety of earthenware & stoneware clays, glazes & firing.
    • Professional staff to assist you to pursue your art.
    • Individual & group tuition & crits.
    • Personal mentoring & coaching by Dr Wendy Gers.
    • Private hour-long Bonus Individual Creative Consultation (BICC) mentoring with Dr Wendy Gers, in which you can work on specific challenges facing your practice.


    • All local & international transport.
    • Accommodation & meals, other than the 2 specified meals.
    • Travel, health & cancellation insurance.
    • Excursions & activities that are not part of the Ceramics Residency program.
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    • The nearest airport is Nice (2nd largest airport in France).
    • There is a bus direct from the Nice airport to Saint-Raphaël.
    •  There is also a train to Saint-Raphaël from the city center of Nice.
    • There is a high-speed train (TGV) direct from Paris. The TGV goes to other port towns along the Mediterranean, as well as Italy.
    • By train, it is 1h15 to Nice, 1h to Antibes, 45 mins. to Cannes, 1h20 to St. Tropez.
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    • Please check with your French Embassy well in advance of travel, what type of visa, if any, you will need.

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  • Host

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    Lauren Kearns

    Ceramic Artist

    Lauren received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City & MFA in Ceramics at the University of Oregon. Her passion for ceramics has been developed & expressed through her work in porcelain.


    Lauren has worked in a variety of capacities in the ceramic and art field. She has taught ceramics & drawing at university level, as well as being a studio artist in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Puget Sound area, Carbondale & Loveland CO.


    As the Executive Director for the Carbondale Clay Center 2004-2009, her primary focus was community outreach & engagement. She also worked extensively in continuing education in Santa Barbara, CA, teaching ceramics & drawing.


    Her work has been shown in a number of well-known galleries around the United States & in Xixang, China. Lauren's work has also been featured in 500 Pitchers & 500 Teapots, both published by Lark Books & in the recent publication, American Artwork 2018.




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  • Location

    Our studios are located near the heart of charming Saint-Raphaël