2021 Residency Program

Cité internationale des arts & Centre national des arts plastiques

EXTENSION! Deadline for application: June 13th, 2021 included.

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The call for applications for the 2021 edition of the Cité internationale des arts & Centre National des arts plastiques program is closed. The results will be announced in mid-July 2021.



A unique partnership to support curators and art critics


In 2020, the Cité internationale des arts and the Centre national des arts plastiques partnered to create a unique residency program to support French curators and art critics particularly affected by the consequences of the Covid-19 health crisis.
Five curators were provided with a tailor-made accompaniment, a live-in studio and a grant for six months.


The Cnap and the Cité internationale des arts share the desire to provide sustainable support to the art scene in France and have decided to continue and strengthen the program for the year 2021.


C-E-A / Association française des commissaires d’exposition, itself in residency at the Cité internationale des arts, is joining forces with the program’s partners this year to consider a specific program with the recipients.



All information and practical questions to read below and available for download > HERE < (please consult these elements before submitting your application). 




If for any reason you cannot access online registration, please contact the residency department at the Cité internationale des arts:



The residency

The program includes:

• Live-in studio at the Cité internationale des arts (Marais site) from October 2021 to the end of March 2022;
• A 750€ monthly grant;
• Professional and artistic support and advice.


Five candidates will be selected from among the applicants.


Eligibility and selection criteria

The call for applications is open to curators and art critics of all nationalities living in France, who are professionally engaged and have a minimum of 5 years of curatorial practice. There is no age limit.


In addition to the evaluation of the candidate’s professional career, the members of the jury will pay particular attention to the project he or she intends to develop during the residency and to the impact of the Covid 19 crisis on the professional and material situation in which the professional finds himself or herself today.


A committee composed of two qualified artistic personalities, representatives of the Cnap, the Cité internationale des arts and of the C-E-A association, studies all the applications and selects the recipients of the program.




From Thursday, May 10th to Thursday, June 10th, 2021 included Synday, June 13th, 2021 included



From Mid-July 2021 onwards



From October 2021 to March 2022 included



How to apply

Candidates wishing to apply must fill out the specific online form.

Applicants will need a Google account to complete the application process. If you do not have a Google account, you can create one HERE.


If for any reason you cannot access online registration, please contact the residency department at the Cité internationale des arts:


Please note: once you have validated your application it cannot be modified. For this reason, we advise you to take great care when filling out the form.


Documents to upload with your application

Before filling out the online form, please make sure you have the following documents to hand (PDF format):


• 1 curriculum vitae (max. 4 pages)

• 1 portfolio (between 5 and 10 pages)

• A letter in which you present the project you wish to develop during the residency and indicate how you have been impacted by the crisis and the importance that a six-month residency can have for you.

• Links to video and/or audio files with examples of your work (.mp3, .avi)

• Letters of recommendation in PDF format (max. 5 in French and/or English)



Apply as a duo / collective

With a surface area ranging from 25 to 60m2, the live-in studio are designed to combine production and daily life. They consist of a workroom, a kitchen, a bathroom and a sleeping area. A studio can accommodate up to two adults and a child up to 7 years old.

Applications for groups must be made in the following manner, depending on the case:
• the project is common: a single application on behalf of both artists
• the projects are different: two separate applications must be submitted (please indicate in the

"miscellaneous remarks" at the end of the form that you wish to share a studio and specify the name of the second applicant).

Applications for collective projects including more than two artists are exceptional due to the low number of adapted studio apartments.




Unfortunately, the available live-in studios do not comply without current standards in terms of accessibility for the disabled, however we are working to remedy this situation in the future. We remain at your disposal if you have any questions about accessibility at the Cité internationale des arts.



The Centre national des arts plastiques

The Centre national des arts plastiques (Cnap) is one of the main operators of the Ministry of Culture’s policy in the field of contemporary visual arts. On behalf of the State, it enriches the Fonds national d’art contemporain, a national collection that it preserves and promotes through loans and deposits in France and abroad, exhibitions in partnership and publications.


With nearly 105,000 works acquired over two centuries from living artists, this collection is representative of the variety of artistic trends.


As a key cultural player, the Cnap encourages the artistic scene in all its diversity and supports artists and professionals through several support mechanisms. It encourages and supports creation in France in all areas of the visual arts: painting, performance, sculpture, photography, installation, video, multimedia, graphic arts, design, etc. It also contributes to the promotion of the projects it supports through the implementation of dissemination actions.


The Cité internationale des arts

The Cité internationale des arts is an artists’ residency that brings together artists in the heart of Paris and allows them to implement a creative or research project in all disciplines.


For periods of two months to one year, the Cité internationale des arts allows artists to work in an environment that is supportive of creation and open to meetings with professionals from the cultural milieu. Residents benefit from customized support from the Cité internationale des arts team.


In the Marais or in Montmartre, the live-in studio (a space for living and creating) allows residents to cohabit with more than 300 artists and
actors from the art world of all generations, all nationalities and all disciplines.


In collaboration with its many partners, the Cité internationale des arts opens several calls for applications on specific themes and/or projects throughout the year.



C-E-A / Association française de commissaires d’exposition aims to lead and promote all actions concerning the activity and status of curators in France, Europe and internationally.


With a network of nearly 300 members since its creation in 2007, C-E-A is committed to a debate on curatorial practices in order to promote the exchange and sharing of knowledge, to federate and encourage the circulation of curators and projects.


About the 2020 program

Five recipients completed a six-month residency between October 2020 and March 2021:

• Fannie ESCOULEN, France

• Claire LUNA, France

• Andy RANKIN, France

• Karin SCHLAGETER, France

• Asli SEVEN, Turkey


During the six months of the residency, several times of collective exchange with professionals were organized, and the recipients were also able to meet and collaborate with the artists of all disciplines and nationalities hosted in residency.

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