which penetrate the gloom of the church through a collapsed apse.
The monument’s present (artist’s residencies) role has grown out of its rigorous construction around areas open to the sky, planned for solitary and communal life.
THE CONTEMPORARY DESTINY OF A 14TH CENTURY MONASTERY
A cultural center dedicated to artists residencies has been housed in the monastery since 1973, with support from the Caisse Nationale des Monuments Historiques et des Sites, the Ministry of Culture and local bodies. In this prospect, restoration is being done to host a cultural program of national scope.
The National Playwriting Centre (Centre national des écritures du spectacle) is a major venue in France and in Europe for residencies for playwrights and drama groups.
Each year the Centre has nearly sixty residencies, hosting authors, companies, research and experimental laboratories, training and master classes. The Centre also oftenopens to the public for rehearsals and other events prepared by the residents and guest artists, particularly in July in partnership with the Avignon Festival.