Founded in 1989, the Atelier Calder residency program offers artists the opportunity to pursue projects and create new work in the exceptional environment of Alexander Calder’s studio and home in Saché, France, designed by the artist himself. The works produced during the residency are presented to the public at the end of the session during an open studio event.
The residency can also serve as an opportunity for the artist to realize works that will be exhibited in a public institution following the residency, in collaboration with the Atelier Calder. The Atelier Calder is supported by the Ministry of Culture’s Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs (DRAC Centre Val de Loire), the Centre Val de Loire Region, and the Calder Foundation.
The Atelier Calder offers three residencies per year for a period of three months each to support artists working in the visual arts (installation, sculpture, etc.). This call for applications is open to artists with an established professional background of all nationalities and ages. The artists must be free from any other professional obligations (teaching, etc.) during their residency and commit to being present in Saché.
The Atelier Calder team of two, a Studio Manager and a Coordinator, provides support to the artist in technical, logistical, and administrative capacities. They are also available to facilitate access to material and cultural resources. All efforts will be made to accommodate specialized production needs off-site. An agreement is signed between the Atelier Calder and the artist to define these mutual commitments.
At the end of each residency, the Atelier Calder hosts an open studio event with the artist to allow the public to discover the works produced in Saché.
Residents have use of Calder’s studio, measuring 300 sq meters (3,200 sq feet) total over two levels and equipped with tools, as well as a furnished house, measuring 450 sq meters (5,000 sq feet). A vehicle is available for local transportation, on the condition that the resident has a driver’s license valid in Europe.