Etant donnés Residencies support French visual artists seeking to spend 2 to 4 months in the United States, in order to pursue research or develop specific 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 for more than 3 to 5 years) who have already initiated a collaboration with a partner organization in the United States willing to support 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.
In 2018, 4 artists will be selected by Etant Donnés’ Artistic Committee:
— 3 artists (French or based in France for a minimum of 5 years) will be awarded a grant of 10,000 euros maximum allocated by Institut Français Paris. This grant will help them cover the costs of a 2 to 4 months residency that will take place between June 1st, 2018 and June 30, 2019.
— 1 artist (French or based in France for a minimum of 3 years) will be awarded a grant of 10,000 euros by the Comité Professionnel des Galeries d'Art (France's art galleries association). This artist must be represented by a gallery member of this association, and the residency must take place in the first six months of 2019.
Artistic field : Visual arts
The candidates must:
— Apply individually.
— Be an artist within a discipline of the visual arts.
— Have a clearly defined artistic project with a U.S. partner organization.
— Have French nationality or be living in France for at least 3 years (Comité Professionnel des Galeries d’art grant) or 5 years (Institut français grant).
— Speak English.
— Have completed his/her studies.
— Provide evidence of significant professional practice.
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.
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 the 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.
Residencies must take place between June 1st, 2018 and June 30, 2019.
— 3 artists will be awarded a grant of 10,000 euros allocated by Institut Français-Paris. This grant will help them cover the costs of a 2 to 4 month residency that will take place between June 1st, 2018 and June 30, 2019.
— 1 artist will be awarded a grant of 10,000 euros by the Comité Professionnel des Galeries d'Art (France's art galleries association). This artist must be represented by a gallery member of this association, and the residency must take place in the first six months of 2019.
In both cases, the grant is intended to contribute to covering the costs of transportation, lodging, visa, insurance, technical or production costs, etc.
In case of a high number of applications, a pre-selection will be conducted mid-March, before final selection by Etant donnés’ Artistic Committee (early April 2018).
Particular attention will be given to:
— The quality of the application.
— The importance of the research/ project to the artist’s career.
— The relevance of the project to the location of the residency and the local context.
— English speaking ability.
— The relationship developed with the American partner organization.
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Applicants must provide:
— A precise description of the project, indicating the specific objectives of the residency (in French & in English). The proposed residency duration must be indicated.
— A presentation of the American partner organization and an overview of existing contacts (in French & in English).
— A letter of commitment from the American partner, clearly explaining their role in the project (in English).
— A letter of commitment from the French gallery if the artist is represented by a French gallery (In English).
— A short resume (in French & in English).
— A provisional budget of the residency - including transportation costs, accommodation costs, etc. (In English).
— A portfolio in PDF (max 5Mo). No “we transfer”, “dropbox” etc.
Applications Due: March 15, 2018
Pre-selection: Mid March 2018
Final selection by Artistic Committee: Early April 2018
Notification of Committee Selection: April 2018
Residency projects submitted must take place between June 1st, 2018 and June 30, 2019.