• March 2, 2014

Cultural Pilgrimage to the French Riviera


April 22 – 29, 2014
Pignans (France)
“Born from the silence of wonder, or from the demands of a sincere heart,
art strives to get closer to the mystery of reality.” —John-Paul II


With its quar­ters estab­lished on the French Riviera, this mobile res­i­dency will radiate in the local area to provide artists with a rich and inspiring expe­ri­ence, including the dis­covery of some of the gems of the world’s artistic pat­ri­mony, from medieval to con­tem­po­rary, encoun­ters with living mas­ters, times of soli­tude to con­tem­plate the beauty of nature, con­ver­sa­tions and work­shops with artists from all over the world.

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Marc Chagall - The Descent from the Cross


The res­i­dency will be based in Pignans, a charming 12th cen­tury vil­lage located at the heart of the French Riviera, from April 22 to 29, 2014. This “cul­tural pil­grimage” will include three full days of cul­tural extrav­a­ganza...

  • 1 day in the Vence area: visit of the Maeght Foundation, the Matisse Chapel, the medieval village of Saint-Paul and its contemporary art galleries, the tomb of Marc Chagall...
  • 1 day in Antibes: visit of the Picasso Museum, where we shall also admire the very last painting of Nicolas de Stael, The Concert ; visit of the Hartung Foundation...
  • 1 day in Aix-en-Provence, where we will have access to the extraordinary site of Chateau Lacoste, an award-winning vineyard that is home to some the art world’s greatest: Andy Goldsworthy, Sean Scully, Tadao Ando, Guggi, Ai Weiwei (in progress), Richard Serra, among many others...

The rest of our time will be shared between encoun­ters and visits in the Pignans area (including the legendary “Thoronet” abbey and a meeting with its famous gre­go­rian cantor, Damien Poisblaud), talks and group con­ver­sa­tions, and cre­ative time for indi­vidual or col­lab­o­ra­tive work.

At the end of the week, a cul­tural evening will enable par­tic­i­pants in the res­i­dency to share their work in a cre­ative way with a broad audi­ence from the Pignans area.

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Thoronet Abbey


Registration fee for the week is 500 USD.
This includes: housing [1], meals [2] trans­porta­tion costs during the week and museum fees. Travel costs are the respon­si­bility of each indi­vidual artist.

[1] Participants will be housed at the Heart’s Home facility in Pignans, in rooms with one to 3 other people of the same sex ; addi­tional indi­vidual rooms will be pro­vided by neigh­bors and fam­i­lies from Pignans. While it is not pos­sible for us to provide indi­vidual rooms for each par­tic­i­pant, please let us know if this is a sine-qua-non con­di­tion for you.

[2] Let us know ahead of time of any spe­cial dietary require­ment you may have. Online reg­is­tra­tion will start on March 3rd through the Heart’s Home USA web­site, and close on March 23rd or when­ever we have reached our max­imum capacity.


You may also choose to pay a sup­port fee of 600 USD to help our artist friends from The Ukraine to take part in the res­i­dency. (In addi­tion to the bad economy and polit­ical unrest, they have also to pay visa fees to go to France.)

There is lim­ited room for people wishing to stay in Pignans until Friday, May 2nd. The addi­tional fee is $90. We will attribute these rooms on a first-come first-served basis.


The res­i­dency will start on the morning of April 22nd. Participants should arrive in Pignans on Monday, April 21st. Due to other activ­i­ties held at the Heart’s Home center in Pignans, there will be no housing avail­able before Monday the 21st.
There may be one van picking up par­tic­i­pants at the air­port in the after­noon of April 21st. Time will be deter­mined according to flying times, in order to be as con­ve­nient as pos­sible for as many par­tic­i­pants as pos­sible.

For those who will arrive in Pignans by their own means, here is how to get there without get­ting lost (hope­fully).
The address of the Heart’s Home center is:
8 place de la Mairie
83790 Pignans
Tel : 04 94 48 81 67

  • 1). from Nice Airport
    a. Take a train from the airport to Nice-Ville (last stop, 35min, fare is 6 euros) Train leaves from Terminal 2 (quai 4) and Terminal 1 (quai 1) every half hour.
    b. From Nice-Ville, take a train to Pignans On April 21st, Pignans-bound trains leave from Nice at 10:23am ; 10:57am ; 12:21pm ; 13:55pm ; 15;34pm ; 15:34pm ; 16:55pm and 17:55pm. The fare is something between 20 and 30 euros, and it takes from 2 to 3 hours to get to Pignans, depending on the train.
    c. Once in Pignans, follow the blue dots on the google map to get to 8, Place de la Mairie.
  • 2). from Paris On April 21st, trains for Pignans leave from Paris-Gare de Lyon at 10:49am ; 12:49 pm ; 14:49pm
    Fare varies from 60 to 100 euros, approximately. You will have one transfer in Toulon. Travel time varies from 4:40 and 5:30 hours. Once in Pignans cf. info above, #1c.
  • 3). from Marseille Airport Take a train (“navette”) from the airport to St Chales train station in Marseilles. Trains depart every 20 minutes, and the fare is about 10 euros. Then from St Charles, take a train to Toulon. They run on an hourly schedule, and it takes about 45 minutes and 18 euros to get to Toulon. Once in Toulon, take a train to Pignans Once in Pignans cf. info above, #1c.
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If you need help...

If your cell phone com­pany does not provide ser­vice in France, you can buy a “Carte télé­phonique” (phone card) in Nice, and call us from a phone booth (they are easy to find in air­port or train sta­tions). If you get lost, give us a call!
If you need more infor­ma­tion about how to get from point A to point B in France (and in English), the train sched­ules, fares, etc. you can use the web­site http://www.rome2rio.com/; it comes very handy.

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Oakroom - Andy Goldsworthy Chateau la Coste

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