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from 12 December 2019 to 15 January 2020

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The dual "TRAME" programme is supported by the Ministry of Culture.

"TRAME" is a double residency program for artists from Overseas France and French-speaking artists from all over the world who wish to develop a research and creative project in all disciplines in Paris, for a period of three months.
This unique residency program offers tailor-made support, monthly meetings and individual interviews with artists and cultural professionals. It is also at the heart of the life, activities and networks of the Cité internationale des arts and its 326 residents of all disciplines, generations and nationalities.
The "TRAME" programme is part of the new actions carried out since 2019 by the Cité internationale des arts, designated as a reference centre 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.


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



The call for applications for the TRAME 2020 programme is closed. The results will be communicated in early February 2020. 





The Cité internationale des arts

The Cité internationale des arts, which was founded in 1965, is a residence center that has welcomed more than 25,000 artists since its creation. Its ideal location in the heart of Paris and its commitment to place the artist at the heart of the project mean that the Cité internationale des arts is a key player on the Parisian and international art scene.


Born from the desire to bring artists from all over the world together and gather all disciplines under the same roof, this ambitious project gives the Cité internationale des arts a unique status that fosters encounters, artistic crossovers and creativity.


Every year, the Cité internationale des arts welcomes over 1,000 artists from 90 different countries in more than 300 studios in the Marais and Montmartre districts of central Paris.


Based on the artistic projects of residents, artists and/or exhibition curators, the Cité internationale des arts implements a multidisciplinary cultural program in its various spaces: the Galerie (a 525 m2 exhibition space), the Corridor, the Auditorium (128 seats), the Petite Galerie, as well as through "open-studio days". The Cité internationale des arts also supports residents’ "fringe events and projects" and helps bring them into contact with professionals.


Residents can also take French lessons, work in shared studios (engraving or silkscreen printing workshops) and use the pottery kiln. Partnerships with other institutions in Paris and Ile-de-France also enable residents to develop their practices outside the walls of the Cité internationale des arts.


The residency

Two sessions of three months each are organized in 2020:


• Spring session: April - June 2020 (5 residences).

• Fall session: September - November 2020 (5 residences).


The candidate must indicate his/her preference for one or both sessions or whether he/she is available for both.


The Cité internationale des arts takes care of:


• Return transport to Paris and visa and insurance costs (subject to a certain amount);

• The provision of a studio;

• A scholarship of 800 euros per month.


Residents are welcomed in studio with a furnished work and living space and wifi.

The recipients, gathered around a common Francophonie, will benefit from tailor-made support provided by the Cité internationale des arts and its network of partners, in line with current events in contemporary creation.


Eligibility and selection criteria

"TRAME" is a double residency program for artists of all nationalities as well as French artists from and/or living and working in Overseas France. It is open to all artistic disciplines, without age limit.


The artist must:

• Be involved in professional life and testify to an artistic practice for at least 5 years;

• Speak French;

• Be available throughout the residence, uninterruptedly over the proposed three-month period;

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


In addition to the evaluation of the candidate's professional background, the members of the jury pay particular attention to the quality of the project, the need for the stay in Paris, the envisaged working protocol and the contacts already established or desired. A committee composed of qualified personalities examines all the applications and selects the recipients of the "TRAME" programme for the two sessions scheduled for 2020.




Submission of applications 

From Thursday, December 12, 2019 to Wednesday, January 15, 2020.


Notification of results

Early February 2020.



Other matters
How to apply?

Applications for Cité internationale des arts committees are made via the dedicated online form.

To apply, a google account is required. If you don't have one, please create one HERE.


If you cannot access online registration, please contact the Cité internationale des arts committees office:


Once your application has been finalized, you will no longer be able to modify it. We thank you for filling out this form as accurately as possible. Telephone calls will not be answered.


Elements to provide

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


• 1 curriculum vitae (4 pages maximum)

• 1 presentation of your residency project (2 pages maximum)

• 1 portfolio (between 5 and 10 pages maximum)


If applicable:


•  Video links and/or audio files representative of your work (mp3, avi)

• Letters of recommendation in pdf format (5 maximum, in French and/or English)




Unfortunately, the proposed housing workshops do not meet current accessibility standards for people with disabilities, and we are working on them for the future.

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



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