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Etant Donnés Residencies

Application Deadline:
January 27, 2017



A new residency grants for French visual artists in partnership with US organizations.

Institut français, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, and FACE Foundation are joining forces to launch a new residency program: Etant donnés Residencies.

This program will support 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 for more than 5 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 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.

Download an Application Form [PDF]


Guidelines & Eligibility

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 US partner organization;
- Have French nationality or be living in France for at least 5 years;
- 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 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.

The duration of the residency may be 2 to 4 months.
Residencies taking place between April and December 2017 will be eligible.
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 maximum grant allocated will be 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 short resume;
- A portfolio.

The project and the resume must be written in French and English.
The proposed residency duration must be indicated.  

Only 3 to 4 artists will be selected in 2017.

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.



Deadline for applications: January 27, 2017
Interviews of artists from February/March 2017
Final selection: March 2017

Download an Application Form [PDF]



Institut français
Fanny Rolland
Program officer, Artists Residency Programs

Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States
Dorothée Charles
Program Officer, Visual Arts, Architecture, Design (French Embassy)



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FACE Foundation

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New York, NY 10075