The art center Creative residency in France

The art center is launching a creative residency for its facade and surrounding areas in order to improve its visibility and its identification as an artistic place open to as many people as possible.

THE PROJECT’S OBJECTIVES
A strong artistic proposal on the exterior of the art center in order to:

to affirm the use of the place as a place of creation and exhibition

to arouse curiosity and the desire to enter the place

to make the place more visible as an art center in the heart of the village

THE EXPECTED
An artistic creation which:

intervenes first on the facade of the art center (for a period of 10 years);

takes into account the direct surroundings of the art center, places the place in its environment and manages to link the different spaces (aisle, ramp, staircase, etc.);

fits into the environmental and heritage context, that of a cultural place, a
public service dedicated to visual arts and creation in a religious and rural environment.

allows residents to take ownership of the place, through meetings and exchanges
with users during the residency;

THE CREATIVE RESIDENCE: ORGANIZATION AND TERMS AND CONDITIONS
A CREATIVE RESIDENCE INCLUDING

A period of research (immersion in the territory, cultural actions: meetings, workshops, etc.

A period of creation (where cultural actions will be more punctual)

At the end of the residency an exhibition by the winning artist (presenting existing works).


ORGANIZATION OF THE RESIDENCE
Place of work and accommodation: Pontmain Contemporary Art Center
The available work spaces will vary depending on the periods of residence (energy renovation work between September and December 2024 in certain spaces, another artist in
residency present at the art center in the spring).

September 2024 to April 2025: Minimum work space available for the artist 50m2
(possibility of larger workspaces depending on the period).

May-June 2025 art center fully available for the artist.
Support throughout the project
The artist will be supported throughout the project by:

the director of the Pontmain Contemporary Art Center (artistic direction, project coordination)

the person in charge of audiences and communication (particularly around cultural actions to make connections, build the project and support the artist during the actions)

the art center technician (search for technical solutions, equipment, assistance with
assembly-dismantling of the exhibition)


CULTURAL ACTIONS DURING THE RESIDENCE
Actions will be organized and coordinated by the public manager of the art center in connection
directly with the artist. These actions will take place mainly at the beginning and middle of residence (40 hours
maximum).
The target audience (adult, school, etc.), the type of action (meetings, workshops, internships, etc.) and the partners
will be defined precisely between the artist and the art center team (according to the artistic project).
Objectives of cultural actions:

Create new links with locals

Create links throughout the residence with residents

Keep residents informed of the progress of the artistic project


RESIDENCE DEVELOPMENT HYPOTHESIS

This creative residency is part of a territorial cultural project which could experience
further developments in the coming months.
Thus, at the end of the selection, the winning artist may be asked to work on a hypothesis
increased budget which could allow the production of a more substantial work.

CALENDAR OF THE CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
The call for applications
Dissemination of the call for applications: mid-November 2023
Deadline for sending applications: December 31, 2023 midnight
Pre-selection and invitation of 4 artists: January 23, 2024
For the 4 preselected artists
Sending of invitations: January 23, 2024
Deadline for sending complete files: March 15, 2024
Audition and selection of candidates: end of March, beginning of April 2024
RESIDENCE CALENDAR
Preparation meeting: May 2024 (the artist may be asked to work on 2 budgetary hypotheses if additional funding is considered)
Residence: September 2024 > June 2025 (10 weeks minimum spread over the period).
Installation of the work: May-June 2025
Opening: Friday June 27, 2025 6:30 p.m.
Exhibition: June 28 to August 31, 2025
Duration of presentation of the work outdoors: 10 years
FINANCIAL CONDITIONS (TTC)
Facade artistic project and exhibition
Production grant: €33,000 (façade, exhibition, transport of work) minimum budget
Fees for the artist: €7,000
Cultural actions
Equipment for cultural actions: capped at €2,000
Fees: €2,500 (40 hours maximum)
Accommodation: covered (accommodation provided within the art center)
Mileage expenses: capped at €2,400
For the 3 artists preselected but not selected:
Flat rate remuneration: €1,000 per candidate
To the extent that the selected artist has access to all of the operational financial means of
residence and its distribution, he is exempt from this remuneration.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES
A SELECTION IN TWO STAGES

A call for applications open to all artists (visual artists, designers, graphic artists / individual or collective application / no video projects).
The 4 artists preselected by a restricted jury will then have to present a
sketch (complete detailed file).

  1. A call for applications
    Applications must consist of the following 4 elements (in PDF format):
  • Artistic file (maximum 10MB / 40 pages) highlighting the works created
    for public space.
  • CV (including cultural actions carried out: workshops, conferences, etc.)
  • Cover letter
  • Proof of professional status (Siret, Agessa, MDA or others)
    Please note: B license and vehicle required
    Any incomplete file will not be studied
    Sending files by email: nellychouin@bocage-mayennais.fr.
  1. The 4 preselected artists must present a sketch.

Detailed presentation of the project for the exteriors of the art center on the background and on the
form (technical elements)

Simulation on plan and/or photo

Detailed forecast budget (in connection with the technical study of the artistic project)

Note proposing two examples of possible cultural actions around the artistic project (participatory or not).
SELECTION CRITERIA

Quality of the artistic work and the artist’s approach

Ability of the artist to anchor his proposal in an in situ approach corresponding to the notebook
charges. Adequacy of the artist’s work and his proposal with the objectives and expectations
of the project.

Feasibility of the project: technical feasibility of the work, availability of the artist during the residency, availability of existing works for the closing exhibition.

Ability of the artist to interact with the territory and implement the related methodology.


COMPOSITION OF THE PRE-SELECTION AND SELECTION COMMITTEES
Technical committee which preselects 4 candidates on file:

2 representatives from the art center

1 representative from the Department of Mayenne

1 visual arts representative from the Pays de la Loire region

1 visual arts representative from the DRAC Pays de la Loire
Jury which will audition the 4 artists

preselected:

– Direction of the Pontmain contemporary art center (1 vote)

– Representative of the Mayenne Department (1 vote)

– Visual arts representative of the Pays de la Loire region (1 vote)

– Visual arts representative of the DRAC Pays de la Loire (1 vote)

– Representative of the Community of Communes of Bocage Mayennais (2 votes)

– Artist (1 vote)

Website link: https://centredartpontmain.fr/appel-a-candiatures-residence-de-creation-pour-la-facade-et-les-abords-du-centre-dart-contemporain-de-pontmain/

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