Versant Sud > Artist Residency for Artists from Addis Ababa (France)

Versant Sud develops artistic and cultural projects in two territories: the southern region of France and African capitals. The two geographical areas have one thing in common: they are territories marked by the virtual absence of an art market.

The structure's ambition is to provide support in contemporary artistic creation and in the dynamisation of these two markets. Versant Sud has developed a programme of artistic residencies and exchanges that allows artists to take time away from the constraints of everyday life to devote themselves to experimenting with their practice. This residency programme reveals talent, enables the professionalisation of artists, offers meetings with buyers, and plays a decisive role in the development of artists.

To meet these challenges, the artists will be supported in three areas:

  • An artistic cross-production residency between Marseille and an African country.

  • Discussions in art schools.

  • Online sales and/or participation to a contemporary art fair.

During her/his production residency, the artist is invited to carry out three missions:

  • An artwork in collaboration with an art craft of her/his choice.

  • A silkscreen.

  • About ten artworks with the artist’s preferred medium.

The current call for applications concerns the selection of an Ethiopian artist for a residency to take place in Marseille from 1 August to 30 September 2020.

To support Ethiopian creation, Versant Sud proposes this residency to young graduates of art and design schools and professional artists under 35 years old living in Addis Ababa. All artistic disciplines are accepted (visual arts, photography, painting, drawing, engraving, sculpture, etc.). Video and digital arts are not accepted. This production residency includes the artist’s collaboration with an art craft. At the time of application, the artist chooses a subject with which she/he would like to work and develops a basic idea, which will evolve during the residency. The principle is to use the raw material of a leading manufacturer/artisan in their field and bring it to life through an original artistic project. It is also about stimulating the craftsmen's spirit of creativity and innovation by confronting them with the vision of an artist.

Versant Sud provides:

  • A round-trip plane ticket from Addis Ababa to Marseille.

  • Accommodation and a workshop for 8 weeks.

  • A residence allowance of 300 €/month for catering costs.

  • Material necessary for the realisation of original works.

  • A service from a craftsman for the realisation of an artpiece.

  • An edition with a local printer.

  • An Instagram teaser format, a documentary in Youtube format, and making of pics usable for the artist's communication on her/his networks.

  • Reimbursement of airport shuttle fees and the cost of returning the artworks.

Deadline: 13 June 2020

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