Visual Artist and Photography Residency, France

Deadline: 15 October 2012
Open to: photographers and visual artists with French, English or Spanish language proficiency.
Fellowship: residency stipend of €650/week, transportation to and from LPE, a two bedroom apartment, all meals, work space, a printer, Internet access, an art library, and a car.

La Petite Escalère is now accepting applications for its Spring 2013 residency program between April 30 and June 30, 2013, for international visual artists. Photographers and video artists are encouraged to apply. Located in the Southwest of France, on the banks of the Adour river, at the limit of the Landes and the French Basque country, LPE covers approximately 70 acres of marshland, meadows and wooded areas, and is host to more than 50 sculptures by renowned modern and contemporary artists.


LPE’s residency program provides its residents with the opportunity to develop a specific project or to pursue a personal research in an inspiring setting that is propitious to silence, research and creation. LPE’s location, size, natural diversity, and its important collection of modern and contemporary sculptures and installations, provide the resident with a stimulating working environment, along with the peace and freedom necessary to imagine, conceive and create.

LPE’s history, collection and landscape naturally bring to mind artistic practices that question and involve the notions of landscape, nature, and their connections with the visual arts. But the residencies are not exclusively limited to those inquiries. On the contrary, they are open to investigation of a wide range of concerns, hopefully giving rise to new ideas, approaches and creations based on a free, open and personal dialogue with LPE, its territory and its heritage.

A single artist (two artists if developing a collaborative project) will be selected to stay at LPE for a minimum of 1 week (2 for international artists) and up to 4 weeks at a time. Each resident has complete liberty of his/her time during the residency, but he or she agrees to dedicate a 1/2 day per week of residency, to educational programs — meeting and sharing with different groups around their work and experience.

Each resident will receive a fully equipped two bedroom apartment located on the estate, all meals, a working space, a printer, internet access and an art library of approximately 2500 volumes, and a car. Art supplies and material will not be provided. LPE is not able to accommodate the resident’s family or guests.

Residents also receive a residency stipend of 650 EUR per week and transportation to and from LPE.

Each residency will be documented in a booklet, part of LPE’s ongoing series of publications. This publication will be distributed through LPE to performance spaces, exhibition and research centers and institutions at the national and international level, along with any other venue relevant to the residents’ discipline.


Criteria for photographers and video artists to be accepted are their artistic excellence and commitment, affinity with LPE’s missions and concerns, and the ability to speak French, English or Spanish in order to facilitate the resident’s stay at LPE and the outreach around his/her work.

Two categories of artists will be more specifically considered:

  • Emerging artists for whom such an experience would contribute to career development.
  • Established artists for whom LPE can offer a fresh approach to nature and public art, far from one experienced in more conventional sculpture parks and institutions.


Download the application form for the Spring 2013 Residency HERE.

Applications should be sent only by mail no later than October 15, 2012, to the following address:

Mathilde Simian
La Petite Escalère
c/o Art Process
52, rue Sedaine
75011 PARIS

Applications should include the following documents:

  • Information form
  • Letter of intent (1 page maximum) describing how the candidate intends to use his/her time at LPE
  • A CD/DVD including 30 images accompanied with captions (jpg or pdf only) presenting the candidate’s work with a emphasis on the last 5 years of practice, along with a printed selection of 15-20 images.
  • Two recommendation letters by an authority in the candidate’s field who is familiar with him/her and his/her work (for artists working for less than 10 years only).

All documents must be sent together. No reminder will be sent and no additional documents will be accepted. Incomplete applications will be discarded. No application will be returned after the selection process.

For further information, please contact Mathilde Simian by filling out the form in the Contact section of their website.


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