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Cité Internationale des Arts Residency

Develop your professional practice over three months in Paris, with $12,500 support. Four residencies are on offer, open to artists working across any art form.

About the opportunity

This residency is an opportunity for artists working across any artform area to direct their own program of activity and expand their practice and networks. There are four residencies on offer of three months each (with $12,500 support).

The Cité Internationale des Arts provides studio space to professional artists wanting to develop their practice in France. Every month, in partnership with 135 French and international organisations, the Cité’s two complementary sites welcome more than 300 artists from a wide range of disciplines for residencies lasting up to one year.

The diverse range of artists in residence at any one time allows for rich artistic conversations and potential for collaborations. The Cité has a vast network of contacts in Paris and wider France and can assist artists in developing their networks.

The complex provides facilities for artists including a print workshop and an exhibition space where artists can display their works, and an auditorium for events. The Cité also organises a program of open studios throughout the year. Please see the information pack for further details.

Resources to help strengthen your application and maximise your residency experience can be found here.

Information pack: Download PDF.

If you need advice about applying, contact an Artists Services Officer.

Image credit: View of the main building of the Cité Internationale des Arts – Site du Marais from the rue de l’Hôtel de Ville, 4th arrondissement of Paris / Photo by Maurine Tric, Adagp 2022, for the Cité Internationale des Arts.

Who can apply

  • Only individuals may apply to this category.
  • You must be a practicing artist or arts worker and an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident.

Who cannot apply

You cannot apply if:

  • you received a grant, or administered a grant, from us in the past and that grant has not been satisfactorily acquitted
  • you owe money to Creative Australia
  • we will not accept applications from legally constituted organisations.

We will consider applications according to the assessment criteria and will seek recommendations by industry advisors as needed. Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by mid December 2023.

Applicants must address the following assessment criteria:

  1. Artistic merit
  • suitability of your practice to the residency program and its artistic environment/offer
  • quality of work previously produced, and public and peer response to your work
  1. Viability
  • suitability of your proposal to the residency program
  • the skills and artistic ability of your collaborators (if applicable) and their relevance to the proposed activity
  • realistic and achievable planning, resource use and evaluation.
  1. Impact on career
  • how the proposed activity strengthens your artistic practice
  • the relevance and timeliness of the proposed activity
  • how the proposed activity strengthens your capacity as an arts professional, particularly in relation to international development and collaboration.

You should submit support material with your application. Assessors may review this support material to help them gain a better sense of your project.

What you should provide

We do not accept application-related support material submitted via post. Application-related material received by post will not be assessed and will be returned to the sender. If you think you will have difficulty submitting your support material online, or need advice on what type of material to submit, please contact Ellen Dwyer, International Engagement Adviser, Europe on +61 2 9215 9051 or ellen.dwyer@creative.gov.au.

There are three types of support material you may submit:

  1. Support material

This should include relevant, recent examples of your artistic or cultural work.

Types of support material we accept

Our preferred method of receiving support material is via URLs (weblinks).

You can provide up to three URLs (weblinks) that link to content that is relevant to your proposal. This may include video, audio, images, or written material.

These URLs can include a total of:

  • 10 minutes of video and/or audio recording
  • 10 images
  • 10 pages of written material (for example, excerpts of literary writing).

Please note: Our assessors will not access any URLs that require them to log in or sign up to a platform. Please do not provide links to Spotify or other applications that require users to log in or pay for access.

If you are linking to media files that are private or password protected like Vimeo, please provide the password in the password field on the application form.

Other accepted file formats

If you cannot supply support material via URLs, you may upload support material to your application in the following formats:

  • video (MP4, QuickTime, and Windows Media)
  • audio (MP3 and Windows Media)
  • images (JPEG and PowerPoint)
  • written material (Word and PDF).
  1. Biographies and CVs

You can include a brief bio or curriculum vitae (CV) for key artists, personnel or other collaborators involved in your project.

Brief bios or CV information should be presented as a single document no longer than two A4 pages in total.

  1. Letters of support

Individuals, groups, or organisations can write letters in support of your project. A support letter should explain how the project or activity will benefit you, other artists or arts professionals, participants, or the broader community. It can also detail the support or involvement of key project partners, or evidence of consultation.

If relevant to your activity, letters of support must provide evidence of appropriate permissions and support from First Nations organisations, communities, and Elders. Please refer to the First Nations Protocols for more information.

You can include up to five letters of support, with each letter not exceeding one A4 page.

The studio is in the Cité internationale des arts site in the Marais district.

The studio is approximately 30 sqm, comprising of one large room off an entry, with a partitioned sleeping area, and a small kitchen and bathroom. The furniture is basic, with a bed, bookcase, small table, chairs and a dresser. A larger table and easel may also be requested if necessary.

The Cité is centrally located on the rue Hotel de Ville, which runs beside the Seine, approximately four blocks from the Centre Pompidou, the Louvre, and the Picasso Museum. There are four gallery districts in Paris, all within walking distance of the Cité. Close by is Le Marais, an area with many museums, commercial galleries, cheap restaurants, and coffee shops. The Cité is across the Seine from the Ile de Cité, which is the oldest part of Paris. The nearest metro stops are Pont Marie and St Paul.

The Cité’s studios are not wheelchair accessible. Additional access requirements during a residency may be accommodated on request.

The studio is suitable for a single artist or couple. Cité internationale des arts regulations also allow one child under seven years old to be in residence with the parent/s, however space is limited and there is a monthly charge per extra person.

Your application must comply with the following Protocols. We may contact you to request further information during the assessment process, or if successful, as a condition of your funding.

Protocols for using First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts

All applications involving First Nations artists, communities or subject matter must adhere to these Protocols, and provide evidence of this in their application and support material. More information on the First Nations Protocols is available here.

Commonwealth Child Safe Framework

All successful applicants are required to comply with all Australian law relating to employing or engaging people who work or volunteer with children, including working with children checks and mandatory reporting. Successful organisations who provide services directly to children, or whose funded activities involve contact with children, will additionally be required to implement the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.

Nicole Barakat is a Kfarsghabi, Lebanese artist living on the lands and waters of the Gadigal and Wangal Peoples. She works with deep listening and intuitive processes with intentions to transform the conditions of everyday life. Her artwork engages unconventional approaches to art-making, creating intricate works that embody the love and patience characteristic of traditional textile practices. Nicole’s practice is rooted in re-membering and re-gathering her ancestral knowing, including coffee divination and more recently working with plants and flower essences for community care.

In 2010, Nicole undertook a residency in Bethlehem, Palestine and recently curated the exhibition and public program, re-member, at the Fairfield City Museum and Gallery. Nicole’s experience includes twenty years of collaborative community-engagement, creating a collaborative artwork with the Rohingya Women’s Development Organisation for the Powerhouse Museum’s exhibition Eucalyptusdom in 2021. Nicole completed a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Craft Arts) in Textiles in 2002 with first class honours at the University of NSW Art & Design.

Grace is a classically trained pianist, composer and educator based in Naarm, Australia. She has developed her process and artistic language in recent years though projects including new Australian theatre work On The Beach directed by Kip Williams, Sydney Theatre Company (2023); feature film Foe directed by Garth Davis (2023); experimental film Breath in collaboration with photographer Rudi Williams (2022); devised theatre work We All Know What is Happening by Samara Hersch and Lara Thoms (2017-2019) in collaboration with sound designer Marco-Cher Gibbard; Grace directed by Sarah Goodes, Redstitch (2022); Patterns of the Afternoon directed by Maddelin McKenna, MIFF (2022); dance works That Which Once Was Familiar (2021) and Waves are Disturbances (2021- ongoing) by choreographer Zoe Bastin, as well as numerous new music works for Australian and international releases including solo LP release Voler (2020).

As an active solo and ensemble live musician, Grace has had the opportunity to experiment and foster collaborations with a diverse range of musicians in live and recorded music contexts.

Caroline Rothwell is a multidisciplinary artist based on Gadigal and Bidjigal country (Sydney). She has a research driven practice looking to the intersection of art and science. She works across sculpture, painting, video, and installation. Her practice often examines archive, relating to science, history, and the natural world to consider interconnection, environment, technology, and the future.

Recent exhibitions and projects include: In the Arms of Unconsciousness: Women, Feminism & the Surreal, Hazelhurst Art Gallery (2023); Artificial, Evolution and Sustainable Future, Art Taipei, Taiwan (2022); The National 2021: New Australian Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (2021); Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now, National Gallery of Australia (2021); Infinite Herbarium, multi-channel projection and participatory artwork made in collaboration with Google Creative Lab (2020).

2020-2021

  • Alisa Blakeney
  • Anita Heiss
  • Rebecca Jensen
  • Lee Serle

2019-2020

  • Yasmin Smith
  • Gabriella Smart
  • James Batchelor
  • Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey

2018-2019

  • Willurai Kirkbright
  • Sarah Rodigari
  • Angela Goh
  • Julia Drouhin.

2017-2018

  • Mohini Chandra
  • Melissa Ashley
  • Nicola Gunn
  • Rachel Arianne Ogle

Frequently Asked Questions

Unless stated otherwise in the program description, all residencies are offered for fixed dates and periods of time.

No, you are responsible for arranging and paying for your accommodation during the period of the residency. Residents will receive a $35,000 grant from Creative Australia to assist with living expenses, travel, materials and housing.

Yes, but this will be at your own cost and we will not be able to provide additional funds towards the extension.

No. You are not required to provide a budget with your application.

There is no requirement for you to provide a timetable of your activities, unless stated otherwise in the individual residency program guidelines.

Yes. If successful, you are required to take out travel insurance for the duration of your residency. It is recommended you pay for this from your grant.

Yes, the grant to an individual that accompanies a residency is considered income and taxable. Please visit the Australian Taxation Office website for more information.

The International Residencies Program is dynamic and responsive and the programs on offer may vary from year to year.

Yes. If you are looking for some tips on organising your residency or programs in the region you’re interested in, check out the Tips and Links resources on our International Engagement web page.

Yes, as long as you have satisfactorily acquitted the previous residency grant.

The grant is not intended to cover lost income or rent at home and applicants will need to consider their capacity to undertake the residency prior to applying.

We partner with established and reputable residency providers and each program is unique. Successful applicants will be provided with detailed information about each residency and introductions to the residency providers who will assist artists with making local connections. Our staff are able to provide further advice and contacts, as requested. Artists are also expected to have their own resources, contacts and project plans for the residency.

We cannot provide any advice on visa or immigration matters. You must contact the relevant country’s visa service to get current information. We suggest you allow plenty of time to apply for all international visas.

ISCP is accessible to people with disabilities via a permanent ramp from the parking lot to the ground floor, where exhibitions and events are regularly held in the project space. One unisex public restroom on the ground floor is also wheelchair accessible. Some events take place on the second floor, which is accessed by one flight of stairs. Unisex public restrooms on the second floor include one wheelchair-accessible bathroom with grab bars and a sink.