The Residency Factory Commission met at the Institut Français on 23rd July.
From the 22 applications submitted by the offices, the jury selected 8 projects:
- Villa Saint-Louis Ndar – Senegal/Multidisciplinary residencies
Inaugurated in June 2019, the Villa Ndar in Saint-Louis, Senegal welcomed its first artists in residence in 2019, selected directly by the Institut français of Senegal.
For the 2020 residency programme, a call for applications was launched in July and communicated on the Institut français website.
The Villa Ndar is multidisciplinary and welcomes both artistic creation and research. For this 2020 session, the Villa wishes to show its support for creative work as part of the Africa 2020 Season as well as the Dak'Art 2020 Biennale.
- Villa Salammbô, Tunis – Tunisia/Multidisciplinary residencies
Launched in 2018 by the Institut français of Tunisia, this residency is intended for French and African creators, thinkers and researchers who wish to spend one to two months at the Villa Salammbô in Tunis to conduct a research or creative project which fosters collaboration with Tunisian partners. The call for applications is planned for Fall 2019 for residencies in 2020.
- Villa Champollion, Cairo - Egypt/Visual and Digital Arts Residencies
In partnership with the Egyptian Townhouse gallery, the Institut français of Egypt is organising a series of residencies aimed at visual artists who are French or living in France. Two three-month periods are available each year, one open to all applications but focused on emerging artists; the other dedicated to more established artists, selected jointly by the gallery and the IF Egypt. Each period of residence results in an “open studio” presentation.
- La Maison de Grunah, Luxor – Egypt/Comic Book Residencies
The Institut français of Egypt and the MARSAM collective, in partnership with the Cité Internationale de la BD in Angouleme and the Cairo Comix Festival, have joined forces to create an artistic residency in Gurnah, on the West Bank of Luxor. The project was initiated by French author Golo, a member of MARSAM and godfather of the new Egyptian comic scene. This artistic residency, which is both collective and international, will take place each year in November and December and will result in an exhibition at the international comic festivals in Angouleme and Cairo. The first edition will bring together 5 French and international illustrators in association with the Maison des auteurs d'Angoulême and 3 Egyptian illustrators. The goal in future years is to make Gurnah a major artistic residency in the field of comics.
- Touring residency for textile art – Mexico
For the third consecutive year, the network of Alliances Françaises of Mexico will host a French textile designer for a mobile residency based in several Mexican cities, between March and June 2020.
Mexico offers particularly diverse traditions of materials, crafts and graphic design, fostering artistic and multidisciplinary collaborations.
In each city, the residency programme facilitates a close dialogue with the areas surrounding the Alliances Françaises, specifically their cultural institutions and influential local creators and intellectuals (artisans, artists, researchers, etc.) in order to foster contemporary co-creation and offer feedback.
- Rhodes Contemporary Ceramics Centre – Greece
After a preparatory stage in 2018, 2019 will see the creation of a contemporary ceramics centre at the Auberge de France in Rhodes, with 200m² of workshops planned for living and exhibition space. An artist residency dedicated to contemporary ceramics will be launched, in partnership with the Athens School of Fine Arts residency and with the participation of the Region, alongside professional meetings and a programme of events.
Created in a spirit of innovation, the Rhodes residency will bring together French and Greek artists before opening up to other Mediterranean countries. It will host three artists for an experience in ceramics, promoting reflection on tradition, craftsmanship and new tools.
- Cine Cerca – Portugal (Almeda)/Script-writing residencies
Aiming to support filmmakers in the development of their project, the programme is aimed at French-speaking (and Portuguese-speaking) authors and directors whose film project has a Franco-Portuguese element, whether in terms of subject, filming location, co-production or distribution. The residency is located at the Casa da Cerca, Almada. It is divided into two sessions over a total period of one month. It offers a workspace while allowing residents to benefit from the proximity of Lisbon and its cultural scene, as well as to participate in two of the most important film festivals in Portugal: the Festa do Cinema Francês and IndieLisboa. The projects benefit from personalised support from Francophone and Lusophone film professionals.
- Close-Up – Canada (Toronto)/Photography Residency - Visual Arts
A major project, the ClosE Up residency - a European photographic residency - is implemented by the cultural services of the French Embassy in Canada with partners: the Goethe Institute, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Alliance Française of Toronto, the Camoes Institute, the European Union Embassy in Canada, the Toronto Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U), the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival (CONTACT) and the Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art (PREFIX ICA).
With the support of these institutions, a French artist will be invited each year to complete a three-month residency in Toronto, starting in 2020.
Of these 8 projects, two are benefiting from the support of the programme for the 2nd consecutive year: The Villa Ndar (Senegal) and the Rhodes Ceramics Centre (Greece).
The programme is aimed at Institut françaises, Alliances Françaises and Cultural Service of French Embassies wishing to launch a residency programme.
To respond to the growing demand from the French cultural network abroad to set up residencies at their facilities or with a local partner, the Institut français offers a scheme that aims to support the network at a technical and financial level for the development and construction of artists’ residencies.