Drawing is an essential part of the production process for artists working in many mediums, and comes in many forms. Historically overshadowed by the monumental mediums of sculpture and painting, in contemporary art drawing is re-emerging as a powerful and intimate medium of its own.
As part of the L’AiR Arts programs, the immersive two-week Drawing Research Residency offers a stimulating experience of intercultural exchange, research and professional development. Participants have the opportunity to build lasting connections with fellow residents, expand their network of Paris-based arts practitioners, visit relevant organizations and present their own work in Paris.
This curated residency program is designed to enable participants to study drawing in historical and contemporary contexts. Professional visits will be organized to relevant contemporary art institutions and fairs, including Drawing Now, Salon du Dessin, and Drawing Lab Paris. Artists will also have the chance to explore the historic Montparnasse district with our residency art historian and visit prominent artistic venues, such as the Zadkine Museum-Atelier and the Giacometti Institute.
During the residency, artists are encouraged to reflect and exchange ideas with their fellow residents. We organize facilitated discussion sessions with curators, who offer portfolio readings and mentorship. Participants may also use shared work space and are invited to prepare talks or workshops related to their practices.
“I learned a great deal about the contemporary practice of drawing in Paris and at the same time was given access and insight into important historical drawing collections. All the artists in residence were from different locations across the globe so we were able to share knowledge about our respective home art scenes. A hugely important experience overall.” – Marianne Walker, London, United Kingdom (Artist-in-Residence, 2019)
At the end of the residency, residents are invited to the studios of Paris College of Art (PCA) for a drawing workshop. Using experimental tools developed and created by PCA Masters in Drawing students, the aim of this workshop is to immerse participants in a sensorial and physical experience encouraging them to think about the body and gesture in the act of drawing. The experimental drawings created in the workshop will be exhibited at the PCA Gallery in Paris’s 10th arrondissement. The exhibition, launched with a vernissage reception, will present the tools and drawing instructions of the workshop and the selected outcome.
Drawing Research Residency includes:
- Accommodation in either a private or shared room (based on your preferences and availability)
- Flexible meal plan: buffet breakfast and either lunch or dinner of traditional French cuisine (with a to-go option)
- Welcoming and closing dinner / reception 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)
- Shared work space and open studio event
- Drawing workshop and a small exhibition
- Portfolio readings and discussion sessions with curator
- Support for artists to encourage integration and intercultural exchange
- Exposure on L’AiR Arts website and social media
- Access to the Centre’s facilities including, plenty of common areas, cafe, an outdoor terrace and garden, laundry facility, meeting rooms and internet access (wifi) for personal laptops
- Paris Museum Pass and/or entry ticket to a current major art event/fair
- Paris metro tickets
2020 Residency Dates
March 16 – 30 (two weeks)
Application and Selection Process
The program is open to artists and cultural professionals at any stage in their career. Participants will be selected based on the quality of their applications, and their relevance to current drawing discourse. Submissions from all countries are welcome, but an intermediate level of English is required in order to understand and interact within the international community.
Applications are reviewed by a panel of international and Paris-based arts professionals. The selection process includes an open call application and panel process, nominations and invitations.
Application deadline: November 30, 2019
To apply please complete the online application form.
Duration of residency
International Centre with options for private or shared accommodation
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
The program is open to artists and cultural professionals at any stage in their career. Participants will be selected based on the quality of their applications, and their relevance to current drawing discourse.
Studio / Workspace
shared work space
Fees and support
Fees are based on accommodation choice 1900 – 2250 euro including accommodation, meals, curated programming, creative space and local transportation. Some financial support and scholarships are available. For more information, please see our Funding page.
Expectations towards the artist
There is no obligation but artists are encouraged to participate in the residency programs and events