BAU Institute




The BAU Institute residency welcomes multicultural and multidisciplinary artists who have been working independently for over five years to its 2020 summer residency. Hosted at the Camargo Foundation and located in the Mediterranean village of Cassis, France, it offers fellowship awards in visual arts, writing, performance and film.

Residency Dates: July 20 – August 17, 2020

Applications Due: February 29, 2020

Notification: March 31, 2020


The BAU Institute Residency offers international mid-career artists, who have been working independently for over five years, apartments and workspaces at no cost. Hosted by the Camargo Foundation, the BAU Institute&rsquos Residency award supports artists working in the visual arts, film, performance, and writing on a secluded campus in Cassis, France.

The BAU Institute Residency provides artists a singular opportunity to devote intense focus on projects within an inspiring campus perched above the Mediterranean Sea. Residents are free to create their own schedule of studio practice combined with group dinners and outings. Film screenings, readings and studio presentations also support a vibrant community among Fellows. The setting enables undisturbed creativity, while still offering interaction with the local village of Cassis and the nearby city of Marseille.


BAU Institute encourages national and international applicants of diverse backgrounds. The residency may accommodate up to 15. Fellowship selections are determined by a rotating panel of discipline-specific professionals.

Applications will not be considered from full-time students.


The Camargo Foundation campus is located directly on the Mediterranean Sea with breathtaking views of the harbor and Cap Canaille, the highest maritime cliff in Europe. It is a short walk to the village of Cassis with farmers&rsquo markets, restaurants and stores. The Foundation is adjacent to the hiking trails of the National Park of the Calanques. The culturally diverse city of Marseille is 30 minutes away by train, bus or car. From Marseille it is an easy transfer to either the airport or the express train system for travel within France and other European cities.

All Fellows receive a private apartment. The apartments are furnished and have fully equipped kitchens. Linens and towels are provided. A washer and dryer are available for personal laundry. On campus amenities include Wi-Fi, parking, reference library, outdoor Greek Theater, gardens and large terraces with sea views. Visual artists work in their apartments or in additional studio spaces.

Fellows are responsible for transportation to the Residency and meal costs while there. BAU Institute will host a Welcome and a Farewell Dinner.

The Fellowship is for the accepted artist only. No family members or partners may live at the Camargo Foundation or visit the artist while in residency .

A refundable $250.00 USD security deposit is due upon acceptance.

The BAU Institute Residency Director will be on-site and available for assistance.

Additional support from the Camargo Foundation staff during business hours is also available. Fellows receive extensive information packets before arrival to facilitate their travel plans and prepare for life in Cassis.

For more information please visit the BAU Institute website:

Residency Programme since: 2014
Description of Organisation:



BAU Institute is an official Non Profit 501(3)C organization that is registered in New York, NY (USA). The mission of the BAU Institute is to organize residencies to support the realization of projects in the arts within an international, multicultural, and multidisciplinary community of Fellows.


BAU Institute was started in Otranto, Italy by Professor Paola Iacucci as an architecture program for college students. The name was based on the concept of Building, Arts, and Urbanism. In 2004, American artist Marthe Keller collaborated with Professor Iacucci to transition BAU Institute into an arts and culture residency for creative professionals. The next major transition occurred in 2012 when BAU Institute became an official Non Profit 501(3)C organization registered in New York, NY (USA). With the retirement of Professor Iaccuci and Marthe Keller from the BAU Institute, the Otranto Residency ended in 2015. In 2016, BAU Institute organized an arts residency at a farmstead in the nearby countryside of Puglia, Italy. Following the summer of 2016, the BAU Institute Puglia Residency For Artists and Writers was discontinued when the site of this residency became unavailable.

2014 also began BAU Institute&rsquos new relationship with The Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. The BAU INSTITUTE ARTS RESIDENCY AWARD offers BAU Institute funded fellowships to all accepted artists. This one-month summer residency, at The Camargo Foundation, is currently the only residency that is offered by BAU Institute.

New for 2019 are two travel subsidies of $1500.00 USD to mid- career artists in all disciplines to attend the residency in Cassis, France.

Organisation founded in: 2004
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
Working Languages:
  • English
  • French
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: 4
Number of artists in residence at one time: N/A
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Computer
Companions Allowed:
  • Other
  • If other, please specify: The Fellowship is for the accepted artist only. No family members or partners may live at the Camargo Foundation or visit the artist while in residency.
    Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: Yes
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: No
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): Yes
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): Two $1500.00 USD will be awarded to two applicants in any discipline.Please see website for additional information:http://www.bauinstitute.org
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    • Other
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: BAU Institute will offer travel subsidies of $1,500 USD to each of two chosen mid-career applicants who require financial assistance in order to attend the residency. A mid-career artist is one who has been working independently for over ten years. Applications are accepted in all disciplines. Mid-career artists may apply for one or both awards, depending on eligibility.
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Urban
    Nearest Airport: Marseille Provence
    Nearest Train Station: Cassis, France
    How to reach by plane: Plan to Marseille Provence Airport, then bus or train to Cassis.
    How to reach by train: European Railroad System. It is a seven minute drive to the train station in Cassis, France. (TGV to Gare De Marseille St. Charles and then TER to Gare De Cassis) (The Camargo Foundation campus is a 7 minute drive from the local train station in Cassis.)
    How to reach by car: European Highway System (The lively city of Marseille is 30 minutes away by car)
    Street & Number: 1 Avenue Jermini
    Postal Code: 13260
    City: Cassis
    Country long: France
    1 Avenue Jermini
    Cassis 13260 FRA
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