Colin is co-founder of Studio Faire creative residency in Nérac, South West France. Situated in Gascogny.

Studio Faire is a contemporary arts space offering residencies for artists, writers, musicians… all creative practitioners.

Set up in 2017, the residency has seen over 100 creatives come from very diverse backgrounds from 17 countries across the globe.

Description from the official website:

Scottish couple, Colin Usher and Julia Douglas, moved into this stunning mansion house in the centre of the vibrant market town of Nérac (47) in South West France, in 2017 to set up a contemporary arts centre. Even though they are still renovating the property, it is fast becoming a centre for artistic development, providing funded and self-funded residencies, creative courses and cultural events for all types of creative practitioner.

This property is called Studio Faire. It is a centre for creative development and the home of Colin, Julia and their pets Dougie, Nushka and Henri Quat’.

We are very proud of the progress that we have made and have loved every minute of our time with these outstanding creatives who have visited us.

2023 is now fully booked and we are accepting applications for 2024 while we plan for new renovations of our studio spaces here in Nerac.