Open Call: 3 bis f | contemporary art centre

Open Call: 3 bis f | contemporary art centre

The 3 bis f contemporary art centre is launching a call for applications from international visual artists to undertake a creative residency, the results of which will be exhibited in the art centre’s spaces. The closing date for applications is midnight on the 30 May 2021.

Located in the exceptional heritage and unspoilt setting of the Montperrin Psychiatric Hospital dating back to the 19th century, 3 bis f is a place for multidisciplinary contemporary creation which is led by two artistic directors, one for visual arts and the other for live performance.

Approximately twenty French and international artists are invited to participate in residency programmes run by 3 bis f each season for varying periods of time, from a few weeks for live performance to several months for visual arts. Artists have been using 3 bis f as a workspace since its creation in 1983, reflecting the unusual identity of the centre which situates their practices in a different context. This environment is conducive to experimentation and the mixing of artistic disciplines and practices. Residents pursue their creative work with an openness to fellow artists, the 3 bis f team, as well as members of the public who may or may not be patients of the hospital. During their residency, artists benefit from the support of the 3 bis f team which is present on site.

The residency programme and exhibition constitute the production of new works, as well as a milestone in the artist’s career. The creative project carried out by the artist marks a turning point or a period during which risks are taken in his or her practice. Moreover, the residency period is an opportunity for artists to meet and interact with those around them. Keen that the duration of the programme correspond as much as possible to the act of creation, the centre identifies (imagines), together with the artist, a fertile ground for sharing, encounters, exchanges and practices that are capable of nurturing the artist’s approach.

Residency programme: 9 February – 23 May 2022 [applicants must be available for a minimum of 7 weeks]

Exhibition dates: 21 May – 22 July 2022

The residency programme comprises

  • A €5,000 grant divided between a residency stipend, travel expenses and a production budget,
  • Payment of €1000 for exhibiting your work,
  • Provision of an independent 80 m2 studio, including access to all additional creative spaces (subject to availability), such as a performance hall, rehearsal studio and a garden,
  • On site accommodation in the form of a bedroom with a bathroom located in the Guiraud pavilion (a communal area for all residents including 3 bedrooms, which can sleep up to 7 people, and a shared kitchen),
  • Curatorial, technical and logistical support


The residency programme is open to all international artists who have been registered professionals in the field of contemporary art for at least 3 years. By international artist, it means any artist of foreign nationality or any artist living and working outside of France.

Application Process

Documents are to be sent in pdf format (maximum 20 MB) to: [email protected]

Please name your documents and the subject of the email as follows: SURNAME-First name-2022- InternationalResidence

Deadline for submitting applications: 30 May 2021 Sunday by midnight

Your application must include (in FR or EN):

  • A completed information sheet 
  • A single pdf document containing, in the order indicated below:
    • A letter of intent (2 pages) outlines the residency and creation project,
    • A portfolio (up to 30 pages) representative of the artist’s work, including images and texts which clarify the questions and subjects explored in the candidate’s practice,
    • A detailed CV.

Please note that incomplete or incorrectly formatted applications will not be considered.

Selection Process

A meeting will be held on Zoom on Monday the 14 June 2021 with each of the 6 pre-selected candidates. All artists will be informed of the outcome at the end of the selection process, during the month of June 2021.