The artists residencies Art Explora – Cité internationale des arts

The Art Explora foundation, in collaboration with the Cité internationale des arts, welcomes every year about twenty residents, artists and researchers from all over the world. This programme offers the possibility for artists and artist collectives to carry out research and creation work in the heart of Paris, in connection with the French artistic and professional scene.

Two programmes are offered

The programme invites residents to develop a project that addresses contemporary issues, including new technologies, the links between art and science, environmental, political and social issues.

The residency programmes 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.


For artists only, 6-month residency
(2 sessions per year)


For an artists collective, 3 month residency
(4 sessions per year)

So far, the residency programme Art Explora x Cité internationale des arts has welcomed 63 artists during 6 sessions.


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

In addition to the evaluation of the candidate's professional background, the committee members pay particular attention to the quality of the project, its link with the theme of the residency (art & science, as well as exploration) and the importance of its location in France for the advancement of its research.

- Eligible artistic disciplines: visual arts, performing arts, digital arts, art criticism & curating.

- Eligible areas of research: humanities, social sciences, sciences, technological innovation, ecology.

The studio-apartments in Montmartre

Each resident benefits from :

  • A 3-month or 6-month residency at the Cité internationale des arts – site of Montmartre
  • A 50m2 studio apartment (single double bed), fully equipped and furnished.
  • A grant of 1,000 euros per month
  • A production grant of up to 3,000 euros,
  • A round trip to the residence

NB: For the Artists Collective program, only one studio-apartment (a bedroom with a double bed, a workspace, a kitchen and a bathroom) can be made available for one artist from a collective. The workspace may be shared with the other members of the collective. The living grant will be paid only to the resident housed at the Cité internationale des arts de Montmartre and a common production grant will be allocated to the project.

The calendar

Applications open: September 28, 2023
Applications close: November 7, 2023 (11:59 PM Paris time)
Winners announced: January 2024 for residencies from March to August 2024; May 2024 for residencies from September 2024 to February 2025

The selection committee

Applications are examined by a selection committee made up of leading figures from the world of art and research.
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Magalí Arriola (Mexico)

Art critic and director of the Museo Tamayo of Contemporary Art

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Magali Arriola is director of the Tamayo Museum in Mexico City. Between 2016 and 2019, she was chief curator for KADIST in Latin America, and curator of the Mexican Pavilion for the 58th Venice Biennale(Pablo Vargas Lugo, Acts of God, 2019). Between 2011 and 2014 she was chief curator of the Jumex Museum, and chief curator of the Tamayo Museum between 2009 and 2011. Arriola has contributed to numerous books and catalogs, as well as publications such as Art Forum, Curare, Frieze, Mousse, Manifesta Journal, and The Exhibitionist.

Photo credit: Pedro Luján. Courtesy Revista Capitel.

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Diana Campbell Betancourt (USA & Bangladesh)

Artistic Director of the Samdani Art Foundation and Chief Curator of the Dhaka Art Summit

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Diana Campbell Betancourt is an American curator who has been active in South and Southeast Asia since 2010, mainly in India, Bangladesh and the Philippines. She is committed to the globalization of the art world, and takes a long-term, multi-faceted approach that addresses the concerns of under-represented territories and artists, as well as those of more established artists, in numerous forums.

Since 2013, she has been artistic director and founder of the Samdani Art Foundation, based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit, whose critically acclaimed 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020 editions she has directed. She has established the Dhaka Art Summit as one of the leading research and exhibition structures dedicated to art in South Asia, bringing together artists, architects, curators and writers from across South Asia through a primarily commission-based model. Alongside her activities in Bangladesh from 2016 to 2018, Diana Campbell Betancourt was also the artistic director and founder of Bellas Artes Projects in the Philippines, a non-profit international residency and exhibition program based in Manila and Bataan.

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Emanuele Coccia (France & Italy)

Philosopher and lecturer at EHESS

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Emanuele Coccia teaches at the EHESS in Paris. He is the author of La Vie sensible (2010), La Vie des Plantes (2018), Métamorphoses (2021) and Philosophie de la maison. L'espace domestique et le bonheur (2023). His animated videos include Quercus (2019, with Formafantasma), Heaven in Matter (2021, with Faye Formisano) and Portal of Mysteries (2022, with Dotdotdot). He participates in several exhibitions as an advisor. He is currently co-authoring a book on the relationship between fashion and philosophy with Alessandro Michele, Creative Director of Gucci. 

Photo credit: Frank Perrin.

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Isabelle Gaudefroy (France)

Deputy Artistic Director of the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain

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Artistic director, curator and producer Isabelle Gaudrefroy is currently Deputy Artistic Director of the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain. She began her career at the Théâtre des Amandiers in 1995. From 1999 to 2010, she directed the Soirées Nomades at the Fondation Cartier. In 2011, she joined the Fondation's management team and curated landmark exhibitions such as Junya Ishigami, Freeing Architecture in 2018 and Nous les Arbres in 2019.

Photo credit: Valentin Le Cron

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Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung (Germany & Cameroon)

Director of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in Berlin

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Since January 2023, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikun has headed the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures) in Berlin. Previously, he was artistic director of the 13th Rencontres de Bamako in 2022, curator of the Finnish pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019, guest curator at the Dakar Biennale in 2018, and member of the curatorial team at Documenta 14, in Athens and Kassel in 2017. In 2009, he founded SAVVY Contemporary, an independent art center based in Berlin.

Photo credit: Alexander Steffens

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Hans Ulrich Obrist (United Kingdom & Switzerland)

Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries

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Hans Ulrich Obrist, born 1968 in Zürich (Switzerland), is artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries in London. He was previously curator of the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Since his first exhibition, "World Soup" (The Kitchen Show) in 1991, he has organized over 300 exhibitions, and has lectured internationally at art academies and institutions. He is editor-in-chief of Artforum, AnOther Magazine, Cahiers d'Art and 032C, and a regular contributor to Mousse and Kaleidoscope. He also writes columns for Das Magazin and Weltkunst. Obrist received the CCS Bard Award for Curatorial Excellence in 2011, and the International Folkwang Prize for his commitment to art in 2015. Recent publications include Ways of Curating (2015), The Age of Earthquakes (2015), Lives of the Artists, Lives of Architects (2015), Mondialité (2017), Somewhere Totally Else (2018) and The Athens Dialogues (2018).

Photo credit: Tyler Mitchell.

The programme encourages creation in all its forms while facilitating its distribution to the general public, in line with Art Explora’s global mission. Meetings with artists, studio visits, workshops, performances, film screenings, etc. are thus organized. In this respect, the residency open its doors to the general public in July for the Open Studios: les rencontres de Montmartre. The previous editions welcomed each time more than 2500 visitors to meet and discover the work of the artists around a collective exhibition, performances, workshops, concerts and conferences.