Each artist receives a grant for research and residency from the National Visual Arts Center (CNAP) as well as funds for production costs from the Association pour l'Animation de l'Atelier Calder.
Candidacy Artists are selected by the Atelier’s Board of Directors, in consultation with a committee of art historians, curators, and members of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication (DRAC Centre), the Région Centre, and the CNAP.
Selections are based on portfolio submissions, which should include a CV, a written project description, and documentation of work (photos, videos, CD/DVD, etc.). These documents should be sent to the Atelier Calder, BP 59, 37190 Saché, France.
Located at Saché in the Loire Valley, France, the former studio of the American sculptor Alexander Calder continues the tradition of hospitality, with the aim of facilitating the production of specific creative projects, research work or experimentation that might in another situation prove too difficult or daunting.
A place of exchange and openness, the Atelier Calder encourages opportunities for meetings between it's residents and the regional cultural centers, organizations (schools of fine arts, FRAC contemporary art collections, museums) and school groups, through the Atelier's collaborative networks with these centers, through media and educational efforts and by furthering contact with the public in the form of visits to the Atelier.
The works produced during the residency are presented to the public at the end of the session during an open studio weekend.
The artist in residence lives in Calder's house, close to the studio, during his stay at Saché. Fully equipped, this house has floor space of nearly 5,000 square feet, a huge open kitchen/living room, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a long corridor acting as both office and library. An automobile is provided.
The Atelier features studio space of 3,200 square feet, and a basement of the same size. This lower level is a workshop fitted with general equipment and tools opening onto a large platform which can double as a loading dock or an outdoor work area. The upper level, with its large windows and their splendid view of the Indre Valley, tends to be used for drawing, storage, or the viewing of the work.