TRAME 2022

Open Call

Application deadline: November 11th, 2021 included

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TRAME is a residency program for French-speaking artists from around the world who wish to develop a research and creation project in all disciplines in Paris, for a period of three months. Each year, ten recipients are selected.


This residency program offers tailor-made support, monthly meetings and individual interviews with artists and cultural professionals. It is also anchored at the heart of the life, activities and networks of the Cité internationale des arts and its 325 residents of all disciplines, generations and nationalities.



The TRAME program is part of the actions carried out since 2019 by the Cité internationale des arts, designated as a reference center for francophone creation by the Ministry of Culture alongside La Chartreuse de Villeneuve-lès-Avignon - Centre national des écritures du spectacle and Les Francophonies - Des écritures à la scène in Limoges.

It benefits from the support of the French Ministry of Culture.



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



If you cannot access online registration, please contact the Cité internationale des arts committees office: Telephone calls will not be answered.




Conditions of the residency

The program includes :


• An individual accompaniment to the project;

• Collective sessions of exchanges and meetings with professionals;

• A live-in studio on the Marais of the Cité internationale des arts;

• A grant of 800 euros per month;

• Transportation to and from Paris (subject to a certain ceiling);


Residents are accommodated in studio apartments with a furnished working and living space and wifi.

The recipients, gathered around a common French-speaking community, will benefit from customized support provided by the Cité internationale des arts and its network of partners, in line with the current state of contemporary creation.


Eligibility criteria and selection

TRAME is a residency program for artists of all nationalities, including French artists. It is open to all artistic disciplines, with no age limit.


The artist must :

• Be committed to professional life and show an artistic practice for at least five years;

• Speak French;

• Be available throughout the residency, so as to be able to uninterrupted over the proposed three-month period;

• Participate in the various professional and other meetings organized by the Cité internationale des arts.



In addition to evaluating the candidate's professional background, the jury members pay particular attention to the quality of the project, the necessity of the stay in Paris, the work protocol envisaged and the contacts already established or desired.


A committee made up of qualified personalities studies all the applications and selects the recipients of the TRAME program.




Submission of applications

From September 28th to November 11th, 2021 included


Notification of results

From mid-December 2021 onwards


Start of Residency

Between March 4th and May 27th, 2022


Other matters
How to apply?

Applications for the Cité internationale des arts committees must be made using the special online form. You will need a Google account to apply. If you don’t have one, you can create one HERE.
If you cannot access online registration, please contact the Cité internationale des arts committees office: Telephone calls will not be answered.


You will not be able to modify your application once it has been finalised. Please fill out this form as accurately as possible.



Elements to provide

Before completing the online form below, please make sure you have the following documents in your possession (PDF format):

• 1 curriculum vitae (4 pages maximum)
• 1 portfolio (between 5 and 20 pages maximum)
• 1 presentation of the project that the applicant wishes to work on during the residency (between 2 and 4 pages maximum)
• Links to video and/or audio files representative of your work (mp3, avi)
• Letters of recommendation (5 maximum) in French and/or English



Apply as a couple / as a collective

The 25 m2 to 60 m2 live-in studios have been designed to meet the needs of both work and everyday life. Each one has a workspace, a kitchen, a bathroom and a sleeping area. A studio can accommodate one or two adults and a child up to 7 years old.


Collective applications must be made as follows and according to the circumstances:

• for a joint project, only one application needs to be submitted on behalf of the two artists

• for two different projects, please submit two separate applications (please make a note in the ‘‘other remarks’’ section 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 involving more than two artists are very rarely selected in view of the small number of suitable studios.



We regret that our studios are not fully wheelchair accessible, but we are working to remedy this situation.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions regarding accessibility at the Cité internationale des arts. We are at your disposal to answer you on a case-by-case basis.



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