an inspiring place for arts and thought
In “a landscape at the world’s end” located in Provence, the Fondation des Treilles was created by Anne Gruner-Schlumberger (1905-1993). It is a place that promotes dialogue between creators and researchers.
Covering nearly 300 hectares, the estate is made up of forests and landscapes remodeled by Henri Fisch, while perpetuating a tradition of agricultural activities: cultivation of olive, vine, lavender and beekeeping. 15 guest houses, that were either built by Pierre Barbe or renovated old hovels, dot the estate.
Conceived by its founder as an “instrument” at the service of research and the arts, since 1981 the foundation has been hosting international high-level research teams in all fields of science, literature and the arts in seminars and interdisciplinary residential studies.
In a quiet and isolated place, conducive to inspiration, it welcomes writers in residence (since 2008), photographers (since 2011), and young lyric singers in a “Voice Academy ” (since 2017).
In 2008, the André Gide – Jean Schlumberger Centre for Literary Studies was also created. It is dedicated to studying the movement of letters, sciences and arts of the first half of the twentieth century. An annual prize is awarded and researchers are hosted at the Foundation.
To support research in the making, the foundation also awards a “young researcher prize” each year to thirty doctoral and post-doctoral students.
In addition, the Treilles Foundation makes its collection of works of art available through traveling exhibitions in France and abroad.