Call for applications - Residencies at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris

The Institut français is launching the 2018 call for applications for its residency program at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.


Who this program is aimed at ?

The program is aimed at foreign artists from all around the world who wish to pursue a researd project in Paris during a minimum period of three consecutive months, and who are supported by one or more cultural partners.

These partners associated with the artist may be institutions of the French cultural network abroad (Institut français, Cultural Services of the French Embassies, and Alliance française), and / or French or foreign cultural structures (art centers, associations, multidisciplinary laboratories, galleries, museums, theaters, production centers for dance and circus, concert halls, festivals abroad, etc.).

What are the modalities of the residency ?

The Institut français in Paris provides artists with a studio-appartment at the Cité internationale des arts. The partner associated with the artist, in France or abroad, finances the artist’s travel and / or living expenses and submits the artist’s application. 24 studio-apartments are available for foreign artists, all artistic domains included. The immersion in this institution in the heart of Paris allow them to fully dedicate themselves to their creativity and to extent their search outside from what they are used to experiment.

Which disciplines ?

This program is aimed at artists in every artistic discipline :

Architecture/landscape/urbanism, street arts/circus/puppets, digital arts, visual arts, comics, cinema/movies/video, curating projects, dance/performances, design, literature, youth book, fine arts and crafts, modern music and jazz, classical and contemporary music, contemporary art performances, photography, theatre, musics for films and video games.

How to apply ?

Applications submitted directly by artists will not be accepted.

They must be done by

- The Institut français, (French Institute of South Africa/IFAS for instance for South African candidates) or by the Alliance Française located in the country of residence of the candidate

- by a French and foreign cultural organization located in the country of residence of the candidate.

The submitter shall mention the reasons motivating his choice and explain how he will highlight the residency of the laureate on his return. He will also have to specify financial engagement and/or the financial engagement of other partners involved in the project.


Deadline to apply : September 29th 2017 end of day
Selection : mid-November 2017

Who can apply ?

The associated partner who submits the application must :

- commit in writing to cover the travel and / or subsistence expenses of the artist and can also specify the financial commitment of other partners involved in the project;

- provide a reasoned opinion on the reasons for its support of the application of the artist;

- explicitly indicate how it intends to showcase the work of the laureate during or following the residency.

Candidates must

- Have a professional activity
- Speak French or English
- Provide proof of previous artistic work
- Be independent to organize their residency on their own once in Paris
- Be available (without any professional obligations) during the residency
- There is no age limit


In addition to the evaluation of the applicant’s professional accomplishments, a special attention will be given to the project quality, the necessity to stay in Paris during the residency, the candidate’s French and English proficiency, the process of work the candidate has elaborated for his residency in Paris and the capacity to develop collaborations with contacts the candidates has established in France : art centers, cultural structures, artists, curators, critics, researchers, etc. These actors have an advisory role, supporting the artist in his/her networking during and after residency.

All applications will be examined by an advisory committe chaired by the General Director of the Institut français composed of experts from the Institut français and representatives of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, of the Ministry of Culture, of the French foreign cultural network, of the National Center for visual arts, of the Cité internationale des arts.

The advisory committee can refuse any project without having to justify their decision. Their decision is irrevocable.

Conditions of the residency

The Institut français will cover the studio-appartment rental, approximately 40m², at the Cité Internationale des arts located 18, rue de l’Hôtel de Ville, 75004 Paris in the district of Le Marais, in the Center of Paris.

The associated partner will make sure that the laureate has sufficient resources for his/her stay. We therefore recommend that the artist be granted a living allowance of 1000 euros per month (minimum) and / or a return ticket. The associated partner must ensure that the laureate has an insurance covering repatriation, hospitalization, medical expenses and civil liability. It must also ensure that the laureate has a visa enabling him/her to stay in France during the period of his/her residency. No production allowance will be paid by the Institut français of the Cité Internationale des Arts.

Dates and duration of the residency

The duration of the residency is 3 or 6 months according the following timetable for 2018 (arrivals or departures in the middle of a month are NOT permitted) :

- From January 9th to April 4th 2018 (preference for literature, youth book, comics, design, fine arts and craft work)
- From April 9th to July 4th 2018 (preference for cinema, movies and videos, live performances)
- From July 9th to Octobre 4th 2018 (all disciplines)
- From Octobre 9th 2018 to January 4th 2019 (preference for visual arts)

For more information,

Contact: fanny.rolland[at]
Tel : +33 1 53 69 35 08

publié le 03/08/2017

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