International call for curators / art critics – French Riviera


International call for curators / art critics – French Riviera

SEASON #3 – 2017 / 2018

Each year, thankyouforcoming hosts art critics and/or curators for a 7-day residency in Nice and its suburb.


Founded in 2010, thankyouforcoming’s purpose is to produce, promote and make accessible contemporary art, and the work of emergent artists, critics and curators in particular. For more information please visit: The association is based in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes (06), France. thankyouforcoming develops and produces the Alpes-Maritimes Region’s New Patrons Program, with the support of the Fondation de France. thankyouforcoming is part of Botox(s) – a network for contemporary art involving 30 organisations that are engaged in the production and the promotion of contemporary art in the French Riviera area and beyond.
ACROSS Season #3 is kindly supported by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region.

ACROSS residency

In 2015, thankyouforcoming launches ACROSS (scenes of province), a curatorial and art critic’s residency program run from Nice.

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ACROSS is a collaborative, participatory and experimental project which aims to:

– Introduce residents to the local artistic scenes and their territories,
– Enable the hosts to meet the cultural operators and visit the highlights of the area as well as its alternative scenes,
– Invite to reflect on and offer innovative critical approaches to projects developed in Nice and suburb, as well as in the associated towns (Mouans-Sartoux, Antibes, Cannes, Vence, Monaco etc),
– Counter-balance the logic of centralisation and rebalance the power relations between Paris and the French provinces, centre and suburbs, local and global, national and international,
– Devise a new operational tool for research, prospection and transmission through the mobility of its actors,
– Provide a framework allowing for the mobility of curators and critics, and make it visible,
– Offer the possibility to frame a specific work or deepen a line of research,
– Create opportunities for meetings, initiate and enable an environment for exchanges and discussions to foster common experiments.

Past residents of ACROSS residency are: Camille Planeix, Sandra Doublet and Romain Boulay, Bénédicte Le Pimpec, Mickaël Roy, Septembre Tiberghien, Rosa Lleo, Radoslav Ištok, Emily Butler, Camille Paulhan, Cédric Fauq and Julia Geerlings.

Open call

During Summer 2017, thankyouforcoming launches an international call for applications for 2 art critics and/or curators.
3 residents have already been invited by the association for this third season.
These residencies allow the applicants to discover the French Riviera area’s contemporary art scene, to develop their research work and to participate in a new network.
The purpose of thankyouforcoming’s residencies is to foster links and collaborations between the local scene and international artists, curators, institutions etc.

Terms of the residency

> 2 opportunities for a 7-day residency are available, in WINTER 2017 (December or January) OR SPRING 2018 (March or April) (choice of the week to be decided between thankyouforcoming and the selected candidates).
> thankyouforcoming provides a 40m2 fully equipped apartment in the center of Nice (port area). > Return travel expenses will be refunded (subject to the provision of receipts) up to a value of EUR 250 for each residency.
> A grant of EUR 150 is offered as per diem.
> We are at the disposal of the resident, before and during the residency period, to facilitate contacts and assist with the organisation of visits and meetings with artists, institutions, curators, collectors, galleries, museums etc. in Nice and suburb (Mouans-Sartoux, Antibes, Cannes, Vence, Monaco etc). The resident is committed to respect the agreed schedule with thankyouforcoming.

> The resident is requested to propose a public event during his stay. Designed in advance of the residency, it will be developed with the support of thankyouforcoming. The form of this event is open, examples include: a reading session, lecture, presentation of research in progress, exhibition, walk, screening session etc. The content and the form of this public event should be defined with and approved by thankyouforcoming at least 60 days prior to the residency period.
 A record of the residency and this event in particular will be posted on our website.

Applicant profile

ACROSS’s residency programme is opened to all individuals, French or foreigners, who have curating and/or art critic experience.
The candidate must be particularly involved in a research area around the emergence and renewal of critical and curatorial practices.
Motivated, enthusiastic, independent.
Team applications are subjected to the same conditions, to be shared.
Language: French or English

Application process

Deadline: Sunday 03 September 2017, until midnight.
The results will be communicated at the latest at the end of September.
Request for further information to be sent by e-mail to : Claire Migraine / It is recommended that unselected candidates wait another season (2 years) before applying again. Selection is performed by a jury of professionals, their decision is final.

To apply, please send us the following documents (in French or English) in one PDF file (vertical, A4 format, 5 Mo maximum) via e-mail to:

– A letter of motivation (1 page maximum) (please be careful to include your names, date of birth, place of birth, place of work and details for us to reach you);
– A note of intent providing the nature of the proposed public intervention (as guideline: this event will be jointly specified by the resident and thankyouforcoming);
– A CV/resume (with the candidate’s name, date of birth and contact details) detailing the projects undertaken as an art critic and/or curator;
– Specify the time period for which you apply (7 days in WINTER 2017 (December or January) OR SPRING 2018 (March or April), or if you are available for both period indifferently).

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