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Gulbenkian Foundation x Cité internationale des arts

For curators based in Portugal

Application deadline: March 31, 2024

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The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Cité internationale des arts have co-constructed an annual programme of residencies for curators of all nationalities residing in Portugal with five years' professional experience. Initiated in 2023, the aim of this programme is to facilitate mobilitý and to support research and the expansion of the professional network of curators on the Portuguese art scene.

During their three-month residency, the winners receive support, professional networking and a three-month residency and financial support.

Following this call for applications and the meeting of a jury of professionals from the world of art and culture, two applications will be selected.


All the information and practical questions are to read below (please consult these elements before submitting your application).



The Residence

The laureates will benefit from:

• Tailor-made support, meeting and networking organised by the partners of the residency programme;

• The provision of a live-in-studio on the Marais site of the Cité internationale des arts;

• A living allowance (dedicated to travel, catering and insurance costs) of 1000 euros per month, including tax;

• A research/production grant of 1000 euros (including tax); 

• A travel allowance of 250 euros (incl. VAT) between home in Portugal and the Cité internationale des arts, upon presentation of proof of payment.



The residency programme is open for curataros that:

•        Live and work in Portugal ;   

•        of all nationalities ;

•        that can prove at least 5 years of experience in curatorial practices.

Collective applications must be made in the following manner, depending on the case

• the project is common: a single application must be submitted on behalf of both artists

• the projects are different: two separate applications must be submitted (please indicate in the "miscellaneous remarks" section at the end of the form that you wish to share a studio and specify the name of the second applicant).

Successful applications for collective projects involving more than two artists are exceptional, given the number of studio flats available under the programme. They will result in the unique allocation of a live-in-studio, a single living grant and a single production grant.

The applications will be examined by a multidisciplinary jury composed of qualified personalities from the French and Portuguese creative sectors.

In addition to evaluating the professional background, the members of the jury will pay particular attention to

• the artistic quality of the application and the research project presented; 

• the arguments presented on the need for this residency perspective in France and at the Cité internationale des arts;

• the planned working protocol and the contacts or partnerships already established with a view to developing a residency project.



Submission of applications: 
From February 08 to March 31, 2024 at midnight (GMT/UTC +1)

Announcement of results:
Mid-May 2024

From 01 October to 27 December 2024


How to apply

The application form is available HERE

Required documents:

• A CV and a written biography summarising the applicant's background, in French or English;

• A dossier presenting one or more recent curatorial projects (15 pages maximum), in French or English;

• A note of intent, in French or English, in which the candidates will present their residency project and explain the motivations behind their approach and their interest in joining the residency programme.

In particular, they must present the reasons why their work justifies the need for this residency in Paris and at the Cité internationale des arts, from an artistic point of view, as well as from the point of view of their career and professional network (3 pages maximum);

To submit your application, a Google account is required. If you do not have one, please create one HERE.

Conditions of the residency

With a surface area ranging from 25 to 50m2, the studio apartments are designed to combine production and daily life. They are composed of a working room, a kitchen, a bathroom and a night space. A workshop can accommodate up to two adults and a child up to 7 years old.

Unfortunately, the proposed accommodations do not meet the current standards of accessibility for people with disabilities, and we are working on this for the future.

For any request concerning the accessibilitý of the spaces of the Cité internationale des arts, we are at your disposal.




The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation was established in Lisbon in 1956 by the will of Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian as a foundation for all mankind, intended to promote knowledge and improve the quality of life of people through the arts, charity, science and education. The Gulbenkian Foundation's Delegation in France supports projects in the field of visual arts, in particular through its exhibition assistance programme for artistic institutions in France, the organisation of the Social Practice arts prize, the co-production of various exhibitions, a programme of support for residencies, the organisation of meetings and debates throughout the year, partnerships with civil society organisations, and the provision of a large Portuguese-language library.

The Cité internationale des arts

The Cité internationale des arts is a residency centre that brings artists and culture professionals together in the heart of Paris, allowing them to work on creative projects or carry out research project in all disciplines.


The Cité internationale des arts provides an environment that is conducive to creativity by hosting residents for periods of two months to one year and facilitating contacts with arts and culture professionals. Residents receive personalised support and assistance from the Cité internationale des arts team at its two sites: in the Marais (18 rue de l’Hôtel de Ville, 75004 Paris) and Montmartre (24 rue Norvins, 75018 Paris).


Each residency is an opportunity to meet and exchange with more than 300 artists and culture professionals of all generations, nationalities and disciplines. In collaboration with its many partners, the Cité internationale des arts calls for applications on specific themes and/or projects several times a year.

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