Founded by American artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill (1905-1972), the Camargo Foundation fosters creativity, research, and experimentation through its international residency program for artists, scholars, and thinkers. Since 1971 Camargo has hosted nearly 1,000 individuals working in the arts and humanities from all over the world. Located in Cassis, France, on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea, the Foundation offers time and space in a contemplative and supportive environment, giving residents the freedom to think, create, and connect.
Launched in 1971, the Camargo Core Program is the historical and flagship program of the Foundation. Each year an international call is launched through which 18 fellows (9 artists and 9 scholars/thinkers) are selected. Winners are awarded residencies in a stunning, contemplative environment where they have the space, time, and freedom to think, create, and connect. Fellowships span 6 to 11 weeks. With each cohort of Fellows, the Foundation strives to foster connections between research and creation.
The Camargo Foundation prizes diversity and welcomes applicants from all countries and nationalities, representing a broad range of creative thought and practice. Three main categories are available, and several subcategories for artists’ applications.
- Scholars : applicants should be connected to the arts and humanities working on French, Francophone, or Mediterranean cultures.
- Thinkers : this category includes accomplished professionals and practitioners in cultural and creative fields (i.e. as curators, journalists, critics, urban planners, independent scholars, etc).
- Artists (all disciplines): applicants should be the primary creators of a new work/project. When applying, artists will have to choose among the following subcategories: Visual Artists / Choreographers, Theater Directors, and Performance Artists / Writers and Playwrights / Film, Video and Digital Artists / Composers and Sound Artists / Multidisciplinary Artists.
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Purpose of the Residency
Research, Experiment & Create: Applicants must submit a proposal of work they would like to accomplish during their residencies. Proposals may include specific projects to develop or complete (e.g. a book, film, composition, artwork, etc.) or research into a particular topic or issue, in advance of writing or creating a work of art. Research projects should be pertinent to the Fellow’s field. The Camargo Core Program welcomes both open-ended exploration, or more focused works.
Exchange & Network: During the residency, discussions are held regularly so that Fellows have the opportunity to present their work to the group. These project discussions serve as an opportunity for interdisciplinary exchange. All Fellows are required to be present at these discussions. The Camargo Foundation’s staff will provide formal and informal links with the region, meetings with professionals whose areas of expertise are relevant to the Fellows’ work, and opportunities to attend events and to invite outside professionals to project discussions. On a voluntary basis, Fellows have the opportunity to present their work as part of the programming of cultural and educational organizations in the region. As part of Camargo’s interest in engaging the local community, we encourage Fellows to also consider possible programs with students (for example, a classroom visit or workshop). Such events would be conceived and organized in close collaboration with the Foundation staff.
A copy of any publication resulting from work done during the residency should be sent to the Camargo library. Any publication, exhibit, or performance resulting from the great should give credit to the Camargo Foundation.
The buildings and grounds include thirteen apartments, a reference library, a music-conference room, a composer studio, a visual art studio, and an outdoor amphitheater.
Fellows are provided with accommodation in private apartments with kitchens on the Foundation’s campus facing the sea and the Port of Cassis. Spouses/adult partners and dependent minor children may accompany fellows for short stays or for the duration of the residency. Please read the Residency Guidelines for more information.
Residency periods 2022/2023
The Camargo Core Program consists of fellowship residencies that span 6 to 11 weeks. The dates for 2022/2023 are:
• Fall 2022
8 weeks from September 8 to November 3
• Spring 2023
6 weeks from February 15 to March 29
8 weeks from February 15 to April 12
11 weeks from February 15 to May 3
The Camargo Foundation’s campus includes thirteen furnished apartments, a reference library, a music/conference room, an open-air theater, one artist’s studio with darkroom, and one composer’s studio with a piano. The Camargo Foundation does not have a dance studio. The facilities are ideal for desk work. The Camargo Foundation does not provide art supplies or technical equipment.
Located in a small town of South of France, facing the Mediterranean sea, the Foundation is the perfect environment to reflect and create. It benefits from the quietness and high quality of the environment and surrounding nature (Cap Canaille, Calanques national park), and at the same time is within 45 minutes’ drive of Marseille, France’s 2nd city, Aix-en-Provence and Arles which are major centers for arts, culture and research.