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The “Art Explora – Cité internationale des arts” residency program


The partnership is located on the site of Montmartre, a stone’s throw from the Sacré-Cœur, in Paris. Since 1971, la Cité internationale des arts has been developing residency programs with a capacity of 40 studios in 8 different buildings surrounded by a charming garden.

The next session of residencies will begin in March 2022.

The different residency programs 

The program invites candidates to propose a project that questions contemporary issues, including new technologies, the links between art and science, and environmental and social issues.

Two programs are offered: 

  • SOLO program: for artists only, 6-month residency (2 sessions per year)
  • DUO program: for collaborations between artists and researchers, 3-month residency (4 sessions per year)

The residency programs are designed to accompany a project in its entirety or only one stage of it: no rendering is required at the end of the residency.

The studio-apartments in Montmartre

Each resident will benefit from:

  • A 6-month residency for artists in the SOLO program ; a 3-month residency for artists and

researchers in the DUO program at the Cité internationale des arts in Montmartre

  • A studio apartment of about 50m2 , fully equipped and furnished (shared between the two

members of the duo, if applicable)

  • A grant of 1,000 euros per month (for each member of the duo, if applicable)
  • A production grant of up to 3,000 euros, if needed and according to the specifics of the

project (shared between the two members of the duo, if applicable)

A round trip to Paris covered by the foundation (for each member of the duo, if applicable)


Both programs are open to artists and researchers of all nationalities, with no age limit, who can justify a minimum of five years of professional activity.

The selection committee evaluates the quality of the project in coherence with the theme of the residency: questioning contemporary issues. The relevance and the link of the project with Paris and its region are also evaluated by the committee.

Eligible artistic disciplines: visual arts, performing arts, digital arts.


Launch of the call for applications: October 5, 2021

End of the call for applications: November 15, 2021 (11:59 PM Paris time)

Notification of results: January 2022 for residencies from March to August 2022; April 2022 for residencies from September 2022 to February 2023