John has a Masters qualification in Art and Design Education and a PhD from the Royal College of Art. He has taught and run courses in art and design from school to higher education and acted as an external examiner for various universities in the UK. He taught for many years in Cardiff and for five years was a visiting tutor at the RCA. He now runs this residency programme in France with his wife.  Grete has a BA(Hons) in Sculpture and a postgraduate Art & Design teaching qualification from Cardiff. She is the first British elected councilor in the community of Caylus and besides working at the centre teaches part time at the School of Drawing in Montauban. This is well placed between the Conservatoire de Musique and the Musée Ingrès. John and Grete have a 12 year old daughter, Aloïse who, in addition to her school education, attends the Conservatoire de Musique et Danse in Montauban.