The arts and cultural sector has been particularly affected by the consequences of the Covid-19 health crisis and many artists and cultural professionals have lost income as a result of their events and projects either being cancelled or postponed.
In response to this difficult context and in order to provide support to artists and cultural professionals from the French arts and culture scene, the Cité internationale des arts has joined forces with the Daniel & Nina Carasso Foundation to create a totally new residency programme.
The aim of this multidisciplinary scheme is to provide artists, musicians and writers etc with the financial support they need and a favourable creative environment for a period of six months. In this way, they can benefit from a moment’s respite after a crisis that was unprecedented in both its scope and duration.
The crisis we are currently experiencing, which we haven’t yet got the full measure of, nor the words to describe, is actually acting as an accelerator of new practices and is leading us to rethink society from top to bottom thereby hastening the advent of a new ethical and environmental model. This exceptional 2020 residency programme, made possible with the support of the Daniel & Nina Carasso Foundation, comes in answer to the pressing need of artists and cultural professionals whose very survival is in jeopardy in these uncertain times. It is also a way of getting to grips with a joint reflection about the future of artists’ residencies and, more widely, on how to increase the visibility of creativity.
Some key numbers!
• 270 applications
• 10 residencies of 6 months (beginning of September 2020 - end of February 2021)
• 10 life grants and tailor-made support
• Among the recipients: 6 women & 4 men