LAiR Arts

Our immersive residency program offers a stimulating experience of intercultural exchange, research and professional development, generously curated by Paris-based arts experts. During the residency, participants have an opportunity to build lasting connections with the fellow residents and expand their network of Paris-based arts professionals and organizations.

We are offering residency opportunities on an ongoing basis, with the following programs in the 2019-20 season:
– Art Research Residency: October 2019
– Multidisciplinary Residency: January 2020
– Drawing Research Residency: March 2020
– Photography Research Residency: June 2020

L’AiR ARTS at FIAP PARIS: Live, Work, Meet, Explore and Present

This residency not only provides the opportunity to explore Paris and have a space in which to comfortably stay and work, it also offers an insider’s view into the important role that international artists have played in Paris from the late 19th century to the present day.

While focusing on visual arts, some sessions offer an in-depth exploration of a particular art discipline, such as drawing or photography, whereas others concentrate on the rich art history of the city and study its contemporary art scenes.

To encourage networking and professional development, the residency also gives participants the opportunity to meet local artists, art historians, art critics, curators and gallerists working in Paris today. ​To support the integration within the local community, Paris-based artists and cultural professionals are invited to join the group as program guests or co-hosts.

In addition to a curated cultural programme, we make sure that there is a good balance between organized events and independent exploration of Paris. Like many artists visiting Paris from around the world, you are invited to find inspiration outside of the museums and galleries, in the city’s lesser known cafés or back streets. There is time for artists to self-organize into small groups and explore Paris together, share experiences, ideas, and meals, getting to know one another not only as colleagues but as people.

When not busy exploring Paris, resident artists can use a designated work space and are invited to share their skills and ideas with fellow residents, or organize a workshop.

To enhance the group residency experience and further facilitate dialogue​, participants are encouraged to reflect and exchange ideas with their fellow residents, present a talk on their work, and participate in an Open Studio event or an Exhibition. We also organize facilitated artistic discussion sessions with curators, who offer portfolio readings and mentorship to the artists. As the residency is open to cultural professionals (art historians, curators, arts managers) along with practising artists, we invite them to act as guest contributors to our programming.

L’AiR ARTS at FIAP PARIS Residency includes:
– Accommodation in either a private or shared room (based on your preferences and availability, see Centre page)
– Flexible meal plan: buffet breakfast and either lunch or dinner of traditional French cuisine (with a to-go option)
– Welcoming and closing dinner at a historic restaurant or an artistic venue
– Curated cultural program (professional visits, meetings and other facilitated group activities co-hosted with our program partners)
– Portfolio readings and discussion sessions with curators
– Support for artists to encourage integration and intercultural exchange
– Shared work space
– Open studio/group exhibition or showcase opportunity
– Access to the Centre’s facilities including plenty of common areas, cafe, outdoor terrace and garden, laundry facility, meeting rooms and internet access (wifi) for personal laptops
– Exposure on L’AiR Arts website and social media
– Paris Museum Pass and/or access to a current art fair
– Paris metro tickets



Residency Programme since: 2016
Description of Organisation:

L’AiR Arts is a not-for-profit organisation (une association à but non lucratif soumise à la loi 1901) with a mission to support intercultural and artistic exchange through international art residencies, while promoting diversity, inclusion and international understanding through artistic and cultural heritage.

Founded in 2016, L’AiR Arts was launched with the Journées du Patrimoine / European Heritage Days as an “Atelier sur Seine”, a fully-funded artist residency, located near Fontainebleau at the historic studio of the French painter, Etienne Dinet. Since 2018, L’AiR Arts is based at FIAP Jean Monnet, an international exchange center, in the historic art district of Montparnasse in the heart of Paris. L’AiR Arts curated programs aim to encourage artistic encounters and foster cultural exchanges between artists and cultural professionals from around the world in a global art capital.

Organisation founded in: 2016
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 2
  • Weeks: 3
Number of studios: 3
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 11 and 16
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Printmaking
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Animations
  • Film-making
  • Architecture
  • Curatorial
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Shared accommodation
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Internet
  • Meals
  • Cleaning
  • Other
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: Yes
Companions Allowed:
  • N/A
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : L’AiR Arts is a network of Paris-based artists, cultural professionals and organisations with the shared goal of fostering creativity and artistic practice, by offering their time and expertise to provide quality professional development to international peers.
    Application process: Open call
    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): depending on the program and accommodation selection
    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): Some scholarships are available for artists from less economically developed countries and those artists chosen by art patrons who can provide scholarship in exchange for an artwork. Artists are also encouraged to raise their own funds. We provide accepted artists with the necessary documentation to support applications for funding in their own countries.
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: Professional development program is covered by organization for scholarship artists only
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    • Cafe/restaurant
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Urban
    Nearest Airport: Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris Orly International Airport
    Nearest Train Station: Gare du Nord / Denfert-Rochereau Gare de Lyon / Glaciere
    How to reach by plane: Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris Orly International Airport
    How to reach by train: Gare du Nord / Denfert-Rochereau Gare de Lyon / Glaciere
    Street & Number: 30 rue Cabanis
    Postal Code: 75014
    City: Paris
    Country long: France