Offering a balance between flexibility and functionality, encounter and introspection, the artist spaces and studios at Est-Nord-Est encourage residents to experiment and are adapted to material and technical research in an inspiring and welcoming workspace.
The architectural design by Bourgeois/Lechasseur – a contemporary tribute to regional urbanism – articulates a transition from the collective to the private. This exceptional building combines open areas, simplicity, and natural light. It invites experimentation and artistic revitalization, both in contact with other residents and in solitary contemplation of the river.
The work spaces in the five studio-workshops occupied by the residents have been thought out to foster the creative process and the tranquillity essential to artistic exploration. In each studio, a work area equipped with a workbench and ceiling hooks allows for all types of creation to take place. A loft space, equipped with a bed and brightly lit by a skylight, overlooks the studio.
A similar sixth studio-workshop is reserved for ENE members and special collaborative projects hosted by the centre.
A wood workshop and a metal and ceramics workshop, both shared, offer residents all the materials needed for artistic research. A wide variety of specialized machines and tools are also available.
To these production and creation workshops is added a shared assembly room – containing a large work table and a decantation tank – where residents can help themselves to a variety of materials and tools. Supervised by a technician who ensures safety and proper use, these common spaces allow visual artists to trade expertise and thoughts to nurture their approaches and techniques.
In addition to the artist studios, ENE has a number of common areas that are conducive to conversation and encounters. On the mezzanine, a documentation centre offers a collection of art magazines and books in a quiet, well-lit reading area. With a concern for preserving a record of its activities, the centre also has numerous publications by former residents available for consultation.
A multifunctional room at the entrance offers a space for exchanges among artists and authors, and it can be transformed into a presentation hall when the public visits. Sheltered alcoves in the outdoor spaces offer room for relaxation. ENE also has all the conveniences needed to host the residents (shared kitchen, bathrooms, laundry).
The ENE team works at the centre, either in the offices below the documentation centre mezzanine or in the adjacent conference room. Each team member is available to assist the artists and authors with the logistics surrounding their stay.