A.I.R. Vallauris

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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

Residency Programme since: 2001
Description of Organisation: A.I.R. 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
Organisation founded in: 2001
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
  • French
  • Portuguese
Presentation of artists’ work: Exhibition at end of residency
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: 3
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 5 and 10
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Animations
  • Film-making
  • Architecture
  • Education Programmes
  • Photography
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Computer
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Ceramic facilities
  • Promotional services
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • N/A
  • Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): 2500 euros
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Exhibition
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: N/A
    Setting: Urban
    Nearest Airport: Nice International Airport
    Nearest Train Station: Golfe Juan
    How to reach by plane: Nice International Airport
    How to reach by train: Golfe Juan Train station
    How to reach by boat: Port of Golfe Juan, Cannes or Antibes
    Street & Number: Place Lisnard, 1 Boulevard des Deux Vallons
    Postal Code: 06220
    City: Vallauris
    Country long: France
    Place Lisnard, 1 Boulevard des Deux Vallons
    Vallauris 06220 France
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