ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
A.I.R. Vallauris accommodates several artists at a given time for a period of between one and two months, in its residence and studios. Using different mediums (ceramists, sculptors, painters, photographers, video and multimedia) artists work from equipped studios, live in individual furnished spaces and are afforded access to a gallery where their works are displayed and celebrated at the end of their residency period. Media involvement encourages the interest of an invited and engaged audience. The quality of artistic creation is one of the major concerns addressed by the programme. A selection committee evaluates applicants based on their artistic experience, merit and project proposal. Over the fifteen year period from April 2002, over 300 artists of 30 different nationalities have participated in the A.I.R. Vallauris programme.
At the end of their residency, A.I.R. Vallauris ensures each artist an opportunity to present their work or project to the public. Well publicized, these exhibitions and sales are show-cased within the association’s Gallery “Aqui Siam Ben” and “The Cabanon”. Over the course of a year several exhibitions are also sponsored in the Gallery Aqui Siam Ben that brings together works created by resident artists relating to a specific theme. International exhibitions with prestigious partners are organized at eminent venues.
A.I.R. Vallauris encourages and facilitates interaction between local and international artists. Workshops, conferences, demonstrations and exhibitions are organized with participation of resident artists and with public involvement. Partner-ships with the local School of Fine Arts, local government, the region and international organizations foster a positive artistic environment, furthering the involvement of and exchanges with resident and local artists.
The major event organized by A.I.R. Vallauris, “Small Art Objects”, is a competition, exhibition and sale of small art objects. A different theme is defined for each event, while constraints governing the size of each work are maintained. Designed as a fund-raising activity to help finance ongoing activities of A.I.R. Vallauris, the well-publicized exhibition focuses on the artists and their creations, highlighting their skills and the quality of their work. All submitted entries are exhibited online, in the gallery, and are compiled into a publication. This undertaking encourages ongoing relationships with alumni resident artists, many of whom continue their involvement by submitting works and also serving on the jury for the event.
From the A.I.R. Vallauris Atelier “Aqui Siam Ben” an original series of decorative and functional ceramic objects are created in limited edition. The objective of the Atelier is to create works that make use of a variety of techniques, mate-rials and firing methods in order to best demonstrate the incredible possibilities that can be realized by imaginative ceramic creation. These works are on display and for sale in the gallery “Aqui Siam Ben” in Vallauris
Located in the heart of the old town of Vallauris, the non-profit Association A.I.R. Vallauris welcomes international artists from all horizons to meet and collaborate with local artists and to research and create new work in an artistic laboratory created specifically for them. The Association has three primary objectives:
- The hosting of resident artists and the support of contemporary creation
- Education in the field of the arts
- The organization of cultural events
- Independent Association/Foundation
- Months: 1 – 3
- Visual Art
- Performing Arts
- Textile Art
- New Media
- Education Programmes
- Exhibition space
- Ceramic facilities
- Promotional services