French - English
2 - 12 months
Paid by host:

If your residency is supported by a partner of the Cité internationale des arts, you will receive financial support from this partner.

Paid by artist:

In 2021, the amount of the monthly fee is a minimum of 590 €, depending on the surface area of the live-in studio. A resident may be accompanied by an adult and/or a child (under the age of 7), in which case a supplement is payable.

Application guidelines:
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Cité internationale des arts

Cité internationale des arts


Every since the Cité internationale des arts was founded in 1965, artists have been coming from all over the world to take part in their artist-in-residence programmes. The Cité encourages cross-cultural dialogue and provides a place where artists can meet with their public and other professionals.
The Cité internationale des arts is located on two separate sites; the first is in Paris’ Marais district and the second in Montmartre. Every month, in partnership with 135 French and international organisations, the Cité’s two complementary sites welcome more than 300 artists from a wide range of disciplines for residencies lasting up to 1 year.

TRAME 2021

TRAME is a residency program for French-speaking artists from around the world who wish to develop a research and creation project in all disciplines in Paris, for a period of three months. Each year, ten laureates are selected.

This residency program offers tailor-made support, monthly meetings and individual interviews with artists and cultural professionals. It is also anchored at the heart of the life, activities and networks of the Cité internationale des arts and its 325 residents of all disciplines, generations and nationalities.

The TRAME program is part of the actions carried out since 2019 by the Cité internationale des arts, designated as a reference center for francophone creation by the Ministry of Culture alongside La Chartreuse de Villeneuve-lès-Avignon - Centre national des écritures du spectacle and Les Francophonies - Des écritures à la scène in Limoges. It benefits from the support of the French Ministry of Culture.


➦ Who? Foreign artists, residing exclusively outside of France.
➦ What? Research and creation residencies, for a period of 3 or 6 months.
➦ Where? At the Cité internationale des arts, on the site of the Marais, in Paris.
➦ When? Between April 2022 and April 2023.
➦ How? Artists must be supported by one or more cultural partners. These partners may be institutions of the French cultural network abroad and/or French or foreign cultural bodies. Applications must be submitted by the associated parteners. Applications presented directly by artists won't be eligible


The artist are welcomed in residence on a basis where freedom prevails: no obligation to make a restitution at the end of her or his residency, but she/he can consider making an Open Studio (or more if the work is more complete). Cité internationale des arts allows the artist to present her/his work through concerts, exhibitions, shows, screenings, etc.
The Auditorium (128 seats, with good acoustics), the common areas and the workshop-accommodation itself allow it.

Studio Information

Live-in studios provided as part of this programme have a surface area of between 25 and 60 m2.

Accommodation Information

Studio-flats are furnished and equipped for one person. All bedding is supplied by the Cité internationale des arts. WIFi included. 2 people max can be hosted in one studio (+ 1 child up to 7 years of age).

Technical Information

Exhibition space, auditorium (with pianos and a pipe organ), collective studios for photography, ceramic, lithography etc.

Here you can read more about the project from Sara Kovamäki, developed in the residency and supported by i-Portunus, EU Mobility Scheme for artists and cultural professionals.

Contact information

18, rue de L'Hotel de Ville
75004 Paris

16 rue Girardon
75018 Paris

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