FACE Foundation

Supporting French-American Cultural Exchange in Education and the Arts

Étant donnés Contemporary Art

Residencies

GRANTS TO FRENCH & FRANCE-BASED ARTISTS.

Institut français-Paris, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and FACE Foundation joined forces in 2017 to launch a new residency program: Etant donnés Residencies, in order to support French visual artists seeking to spend 2 to 4 months in the United States, in a residency organized in partnership with an American organization.

THE CALL FOR APPLICATIONS IS CLOSED.
Next Deadline: To Be Announced.

Guidelines

Etant donnés Residencies support French visual artists seeking to spend a minimum of 2 and maximum of 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 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. The artist will also be assisted by the teams of Institut français-Paris and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

In 2021, 3 artists will be selected by Etant donnés’ Artistic Committee.

The Etant donnés-Institut Français Residency:

– 3 artists (French or based in France for a minimum of 5 years) 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 months residency that will take place between June 1, 2021 & August 31, 2022.

Eligibility

The candidates must:

  • Apply individually;
  • Be an artist within a discipline in the visual arts;
  • Have a clearly defined artistic project and the support of a U.S. partner – organization;
  • Have French nationality or be a legal resident in France for at least 5 years
  • Speak English;
  • Have completed his/her graduated studies;
  • Provide evidence of significant professional practice.

There is no age limit to participate.

American Partners:

The artist must be accompanied by an American organization: art centers, museums, galleries, multidisciplinary cultural centers, libraries, 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 or her 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 at minimum 2 months and at maximum 4 months.
Residencies must take place between June 1, 2021 & August 31, 2022.

The Etant donnés-Institut Français Residency:
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 months residency that will take place between June 1, 2021 & August 31, 2022.

The grant is intended to contribute to covering the costs of transportation (international and local), lodging, per-diems and visa.

Selection Process

In case of a high number of applications, a pre-selection will be conducted, before final selection by Etant donnés’ Artistic Committee.

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,
  • His/her English speaking ability,
  • The relationship developed with the American partner organization.

Application

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.

Calendar

THE CALL FOR APPLICATIONS IS CLOSED.
Next Deadline: To Be Announced.

Contacts

Institut français
Michelle Robert
Program officer, Artists Residency Programs
michelle.robert@institutfrancais.com

Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States &
FACE Foundation
Anne-Claire Duprat
visualarts@face-foundation.org