LMCC Paris Residency

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Location: Paris, France

Mission: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council is proud to partner with the Mayor’s Office of the City of Paris (Mairie de Paris), to provide one New York City artist or collaborative pair with the opportunity to live and work at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France for six consecutive months.

LMCC and the Mayor’s Office of the City of Paris began a partnership in 2002 when Paris reached out to LMCC as a gesture of fellowship following the events of September 11, 2001. Since then, LMCC has sent 11 New York City-based artists to Paris. The Paris Residency builds on LMCC’s history of creating opportunities for artists to have new experiences and develop new work in unique settings.

Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris is situated in the heart of the Marais district in Central Paris, a dynamic quarter swarming with art galleries, restaurants, museums, and shops. Residents may pursue their artistic practice and develop their creative techniques for the duration of their stay at Cité des Arts. The site includes more than 300 individual live/work spaces, an exhibition area, and an auditorium where artists can perform concerts. Since it’s opening in 1965, Cité Internationale des Arts has accommodated more than 18,000 artists from all over the world.

Cost: The Mayor’s Office of the City of Paris will provide the selected resident a monthly cash stipend of approximately €1,296 (about US$ 1,877)*. Please note, the resident is responsible for rent (€415/month), security deposit (one month rent), artist materials, transportation to, from, and within Paris, utilities, and other related expenses.

Application Fee: Free

Number of Artists: Up to 1 artist at a time

Accommodations: Residents live and work in a private, furnished studio-flat at Cité Internationale des Arts. Flats are approximately 40 meters square (430 square feet), with kitchenette, private bath, and linens. Cité des Arts is located adjacent to the River Seine on Rue de L’Hôtel de Ville at the Pont Marie metro stop in the 4th Arrondissement.

For daily or monthly fees, access is available to a printmaking studio, photographic darkroom, and ceramics facilities, as well as access to exhibition spaces and rehearsal rooms within the Cité des Arts.

The Paris Residency is a self-guided and self-motivated experience. Artists selected for the Paris Residency are encouraged and should be prepared to seek out a community, facilities to produce work, and experiences they would not have without this opportunity.

Beyond facilities-related assistance with the live/work space at Cité des Arts, the residency does not provide hands-on support. There are no organized open studios, group activities, or events.

Length of Stay: 6 months

Demographic: Emerging and Mid-Career visual artists living in New York City

Medium: All visual art mediums and musicians are welcome to apply

Benefits: A semi-weekly, two-hour French language class is offered at the Cité des Arts for a nominal fee, residents receive a museum pass that provides free admission and special access to most museums throughout France, exhibition opportunity, monthly living-cost stipends, live/work space in Paris

Deadline: April 1

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