The Institut français’ artist-in-residence programs give young designers, artists, filmmakers, exhibit commissioners, authors, etc., from France and abroad, an opportunity to spend a few weeks, or months, in another country to develop their creative project, with the help of a scholarship or housing provision.


Immersion into another country, culture and language gives artists an opportunity to put their practices into perspective to help enrich their work. This sometimes gives rise to unexpected collaborative projects.


  • Residencies at the Cité internationale des arts in Paris

The Institut français is launching the 2018 call for applications for its residency program at the Cité internationale des arts / Paris.


Who this program is aimed at?

The program is aimed at foreign artists from all around the world who wish to pursue a research project in Paris during a minimum period of three consecutive months, and that are supported by one or more cultural partners.

These partners associated with the artist may be institutions of the French cultural network abroad (Institut français, Cultural Services of the French Embassies, and Alliance française) and / or French or foreign cultural structures (art centers, associations, multidisciplinary laboratories, galleries, museums, theaters, production centers for dance and circus, concert halls, festivals abroad, etc.).

Call for applications : from May 2, 2018 to June 29, 2018.

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  • Focus Visual Arts

Establishing links between the foreign professionals and creative talents living in France, identifying new opportunities for the development of their careers, targeting influencer networks: these remains the key missions of the Institut français. Initiated by the Institut français – with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Communication – the Focus program aims to encourage professional exchanges and collaborations. It also aims to give a closer look at the contemporary art scene in France and its diversity through a 5 days tour in Paris and in region. Organized twice a year, this professional trips are schedule alongside major visual art events in France.


Since 2009, the Focus program has lead to the invitation of over 180 curators, critics, and directors of institutions, of which more than 90 exhibitions in the world were subsequently generated and organized with French artists. The upcoming edition will take place from April 16th to April 20th around several highlights events :


  • Foundations and contemporary art : opening of Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette
  • Solo exhibitions in major Paris institutions of French artists and artists living in France
  • Regional day: Contemporary art in Bordeaux
  • Visits to a number of art centres in Greater Paris and to artists’ studios


Call for applications : closure February 2nd, 2018

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