The Residency Factory Commission met at the Institut français on 23rd July 2019. From the 22 applications submitted by the offices, the jury selected 8 projects.
The Villa Saint-Louis Ndar – Senegal / Multidisciplinary residency
Launched in 2019, the Villa Ndar in Saint-Louis, Senegal is a multidisciplinary thinking space aiming to foster and put forward the African contemporary creation as well as the meetings and exchanges among African creators. Its two-month residency program is thus open to African, French or francophone artists, creators and researchers, be them established or recently graduated.
The Villa Salammbô – La Marsa, Tunisia / Multidisciplinary residency
The Villa Salammbô was launched in 2018 by the Institut français of Tunisia and it offers one-to-two-month-long residencies in a wide range of fields. Located in La Marsa, the Villa provides its residents with a sea-side inspirational place as well as the proximity of Tunis’s rich artistic and intellectual scene. It welcomes African or French creators, thinkers and researchers seeking to conduct research, creative or curatorial projects in collaboration with local entities.
The Villa Champollion – Cairo, Egypt / Visual and digital arts residency
The Institut français of Egypt and its local partners started a residency cycle open to French – or residing in France – visual artists. Two three-month-long residencies are open each year: the first one focusing on emerging artists and the second one reserved for more established artists selected jointly by the Institut français of Egypt and its local partners. Each residency period results in an “open studio” presentation.
La maison de Gurnah – Luxor, Egypt / Comic strips residency
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, takes place each year in November and December and will result in an exhibition at the international comic festivals of Angouleme and Cairo. The first edition has brought together 5 French and international illustrators in association with the Maison des auteurs of Angoulême and 3 Egyptian illustrators. The next step is to make Gurnah a major artistic residency in the field of comics.
Touring residency for textile art – Mexico
In 2020, and 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. 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.
Rhodes contemporary ceramics centre – Greece
After a preparatory stage in 2018, the contemporary ceramics centre opened in 2019 at the Auberge de France in Rhodes. It hosts an artist residency program dedicated to contemporary ceramics – in partnership with the Athens School of Fine Arts residency and with the support of the Region. Created in a spirit of innovation, the Rhodes residency brings together French and Greek artists before opening up to other Mediterranean countries. It hosts three artists for an experience in ceramics, promoting reflection on the tradition, the craftsmanship and the new tools of ceramics. The laureates of its second edition will be revealed in mid-May 2020.
Cine Cerca – Almeda, Portugal / Screenwriting residency
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 dimension, whether in terms of subject, filming location, co-production or distribution. The residency is located at the Casa da Cerca, Almeda. 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 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 – Toronto, Canada / Photography – visual arts residency
ClosE.Up – European Artists in Residence – is operated by the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) of Toronto which comprises the French Embassy/Alliance Française, the Goethe-Institut, the Istituto Italiano and the Camoes Instituto. This residency will allow 4 European photographers (1 German, 1 French, 1 Italian and 1 Portuguese) to conceive in situ installations in public spaces of Toronto in 2021 – that year being both a “Year of Public Art” for the city and the 25th anniversary of the CONTACT Photography Festival.