Fondation Fiminco Residency

Fondation Fiminco Residency

Fondation Fiminco has invested in a former industrial site in Romainville, on the outskirts of Paris and accessible by the metro, to create a place that supports artists from all over the world and open to all audiences. Each year, the Fondation Fiminco hosts an 11 months residency for artists of different nationalities, giving them the opportunity to develop their work and their research. Designed for artists, this project aims to provide space, tools, and support to create a working environment for artists, across disciplinary practices. The aim of the Fondation is not to build and show a collection, but to support artists throughout their creative process, accompanying their professional and artistic development. Inaugurated in October 2019, the project covers 11,000 square meters in five separate buildings, including a monumental 14-metre-high boiler room that has become an exhibition space. This unique site brings together the international artists’ residency of Fondation Fiminco, exhibition spaces, four art galleries - Air de Paris, Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Galerie Sator et In Situ fabienne leclerc - an association, Jeune Création, an art and design school, Parsons Paris, a book design and publishing house, Laurel Parker Book, and the new storage facility of the Fonds régional d’art contemporain Île-de-France.

The primary objective of the residency is to provide artists with a privileged environment for research and production. The artists will be accompanied by the Fondation’s team throughout their residency. They will benefit from an environment that facilitates collaboration with other residents and with external organisations. Artists will have artistic and technical support according to their needs and the requirements of the project that they wish to develop: technical assistance with production, administrative support, and assistance with communication and networking. French as a foreign language course will be offered to international artists to facilitate their integration and help with daily exchanges required during the residency. The Fondation Fiminco residency is a place for professional development that helps artists gain visibility on the French art scene and establish a network. The Fondation will organise meetings with professionals from the art world, curators, collectors, gallery owners, museum associations, journalists and art critics, notably at open studios. Open house events will also be organized, allowing the public to discover the studios of the artists-in-residence. A presentation of the artists’ work is also envisioned in the Fondation’s exhibition spaces.

Each resident artist will have a furnished studio, between 20 and 25 m2, with a bathroom and internet connection. Residents share communal kitchens and living spaces. Two types of workshops will be available to artists-in-residence: collective workshops, shared between several artists, and production workshops, dedicated to specific artistic mediums. Each artist-in-residence will have a dedicated space in a collective workshop, with furniture (table and a small storage cabinet). Artists-in-residence will also have access to production workshops equipped within the residency building: engraving, screen printing, photography, video and graphic studios. For the screen printing and engraving workshops, residents will be able to benefit from the support of a workshop supervisor, according to a work schedule established by the Fondation. Supervisors will also be able to accompany residents in learning new skills and practices.

The current open call is for visual artists across all disciplines to undertake a residency in Romainville (Seine-Saint-Denis). This residency will be focused on research and development, as well as production. The residency is aimed at artists residing in France or abroad, without an age limit, who can demonstrate a professional practice, either emerging established.

The application can be written in French or English. It must be submitted in PDF format only, in a single file. The file should be sent by email only to: [email protected] before January 21st, 2021. Please organise your file into a single pdf as follows (if the application does not contain these documents, it will automatically be excluded):

  • A CV in which the artist outlines his training and artistic background.
  • A note of intent, or residency project outline (2 pages maximum): Explaining the research direction that the artist wishes to explore during the 11 months of residency. Candidates can, if they wish, propose a project in relation to the local area and/or the public (for example with institutions, associations, communities and researchers based in the departments of Seine-Saint-Denis or Paris).
  • A summary of the note of intent (maximum 1,000 characters): A summary of the research direction that the artist wishes to conduct during their residency.
  • An artistic portfolio (15 pages maximum): Presenting a set of recent works representative of the artist’s practice.
  • Letter(s) of recommendation (1 to 3 maximum): The letter or letters addressed to the jury are to be written by professionals with whom the artist has collaborated.

Optional documents:

  • Links, publications, videos: Any document that the artist deems useful to communicate to the selection committee that can be accessed through online links (participation in conferences or symposiums, press articles, films, interviews, etc.)
  • A short presentation video (5 minutes maximum): The application can be accompanied by a short video in which the artist freely presents his career and work.
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