The Institut français, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, the Comité Professionnel des Galeries d'Art (France's art galleries association), and FACE Foundation joined forces to launch a new residency program: Etant donnés Residencies.
This program supports French visual artists seeking to spend 2 to 4 months in the United States, in order to develop specific research or projects in collaboration with an American organization. The residency will enable them to become immersed in the American art world and develop new contacts and networks. It aims to promote the integration of French artists into the American contemporary arts scene and generate collaborative projects that may continue beyond the residency.
Etant donnés Residencies is intended for French artists (or those living in France since 3 years) who have already initiated a collaboration with a partner organization in the United States that is willing to accompany their research, facilitate the development of their artistic project, and help them develop their network. They will also be assisted by the teams of Institut français-Paris and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
This new program, launched within Etant donnés, the French-American Fund for Contemporary Art, is a continuation of a residency program developed in 2014 and 2015 by the Institut Français. Etant donnés Residencies will build on this successful program and strengthen the partnership between the Institut français, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the Comité Professionnel des Galeries d'Art, the FACE Foundation, the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Florence Gould Foundation, and the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation. The core aim is to support the development of French artists in the United States and foster exchange between the French and American contemporary art scenes.
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3 French artist have already been selected for a residency taking place in 2017.
Thanks to the support of the Comité Professionnel des Galeries d'Art, a fourth artistic residency taking place between November 2017 and December 2018, will be selected.
The Comité Professionnel des Galeries d’Art (Professional Committee of Art Galleries) represents galleries and defends their interests by taking part in drafting art market regulations and contributing to economic and cultural policies in France.
A grant of $10 000 will be allocated to 1 French artist or artist based in France for more than 3 years, represented by a gallery member of the Comité Professionnel des Galeries d'Art, in order to spend 2 to 4 months in the United States, and develop a specific project in collaboration with an American organization.
The candidates must:
- Apply individually.
- Be an artist within a discipline of the visual arts.
- Have a clearly defined artistic project with a US partner organization.
- Have French nationality or be living in France for at least 3 years.
- Speak English.
- Have completed his/her studies.
- Provide evidence of significant professional practice.
PLEASE NOTE: Only artists represented by a gallery member of the Comité Professionnel des Galeries d'Art will be considered.
There is no age limit to participate.
The artist must be accompanied by an American organization: art centers, museums, galleries, multidisciplinary cultural centers, and universities are eligible. Projects in collaboration with an artist residency program are eligible only if the partner organization provides assistance and expertise beyond the rental of a studio.
EXPECTED ROLE OF THE AMERICAN PARTNER ORGANIZATION
The partner organization is committed to supporting the artist by providing:
- Tailored advice
- Facilitation of research and access to resources,
- Connection to the right professional networks depending on the project
- Opportunities for networking and exposure (interaction with curators, critics, collectors, etc.)
The partner organization may provide a studio or dedicate a staff member to accompany the artist in his project, but this is not mandatory.
Priority will be given to partnerships with organizations planning to present the work of the artist in one way or another via an exhibition, talk, lecture, screening, performance, etc., either in their space or at partnering venues.
CONDITIONS OF STAY
- The duration of the residency may be 2 to 4 months.
- Residency must take place between November 2017 and December 2018.
- The artists will receive an overall allocation, the amount of which will be determined depending on the project, the cost of living in the chosen city, and the duration of the residency.
- The laureate will receive an overall allocation of 10,000 euros.
The grant is intended to go towards covering the costs of transportation, lodging, visa, insurance, technical or production costs, etc.
Applicants must provide:
- A precise description of the project, indicating the specific objectives of the residency.
- A presentation of the American partner organization and an overview of existing contacts.
- A letter of commitment from the American partner, clearly explaining their role in the project.
- A letter of commitment from the partner French gallery.
- A short biography.
- A portfolio in PDF (max. 5 Mo) - No "We transfer" / "Dropbox" / etc.
The project and the biography must be written in French and English.
The proposed residency duration must be indicated.
A pre-selection of the applications will be conducted by a committee composed of experts from the Institut français, the program officer for visual arts at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and a panel of American art professionals. In the second round, an interview will be conducted with the shortlisted candidates before final selection.
Particular attention will be given to the quality of the application, the importance of the research/project to the artist’ career, his/her English speaking ability, and the relationship developed with the American partner organization.
Application deadline: August 23, 2017
For a residency taking place between November 2017 & June 2018
Final selection: September 2017
Download an Application Form [PDF]