Bedrooms and BooksThere are two almost identical bedrooms located in opposite corners of the studio. Each has a single bed, a glass-topped desk on wheels, a desk chair, a wardrobe and some book cases. The room facing the Jura holds a collection of books on Philosophy (Aesthetics, consciousness), Artists Methods and Handbooks, Artist writings (interviews to autobiographies), Science (vision, visual illusions, neurophysiology, psychology) and Art Theory.
The room facing towards the lake holds Art magazines, Exhibition catalogues, books about particular artists and movement, and general art history books.
There is also a library of fiction books elsewhere in the house.
All the furniture in the rooms, like in the studio is relatively easy to move around so that you can arrange things to suit your preferences. Some residents prefer to move the desk into the studio, others like to keep the option of working in the privacy of their rooms. I have spare mattresses which can allow you to sleep a child on the floor of the room. The residency beds can also be brought together for couples of artists.
KitchenThe kitchen is located at one end of the studio, next to the bathroom. It has microwave, kettle, toaster, an oven, a dishwasher and a fridge, and is fully furnished with all manner of kitchen utensils, plates, glasses, cutlery.
Residents are expected to cook for themselves. If you arrive late at night or on a day when the supermarket is closed, it might be a good idea to pack some cereals from home. Residents have accumulated a selection of spices and sauces etc... Have a look what is there when you arrive before you go shopping.Please make sure to have a critical cleanout before you leave though!
The kitchen has a nice view over the rooftops of the tiny old centre of the village and serves as a nice place to relax, unwind, perhaps sit and write while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee.
In the summer, with the windows open, the little window seat is a wonderful place to lounge with some pillows.
BathroomThe bathroom is shared by the residents. It is located in one corner of the studio, next to the kitchen.
Towels are supplied. There is a separate toilet. Complete with an Occupy Slade poster to ponder...
The separate sink is at the moment the only sink for washing brushes. This means that very large brushes have to be washed in separate tubs in the studio.
CleaningArtists are responsible for cleaning the studio, their rooms, the kitchen and the bathroom. All cleaning materials are supplied.If something runs out, please let us know straight away. Don't leave the next artist to find out on the last day fo their stay that there is no bathroom cleaner left.
Cleaning these thoroughly takes a while so we recommend that you leave yourself the last day to do it well. So that things don't deteriorate over time, we ask you to leave everything in a BETTER state than you found it. For the same reason, please be systematic about cleaning tables you have worked on, repainting the walls completely white and touching up stains on the floor. And give the kitchen floor a good scrub with the mop.
Dog and dust
We have a very large and old Great Dane Dog rescued from the pound who mostly stays downstairs. But the studio is not free of dog hairs. While he behaves like a sleepy teddy bear, he is quite imposing - I mention this in case dogs make you nervous.
Also while the studio is kept very clean, all the wooden beams and all the shelves with materials will have some dust on them. If you are allergic to dust, this may not be a comfortable place for you. Conversely my husband and kids are allergic to cats and horses so please don't cuddle those too much before coming indoors.