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Thanks to the generous support of Nicholas Curtis AM and Angela Curtis, the Power Institute is delighted to offer a new suite of Residency Fellowships for 2024.

Applicants can apply for one of three categories:

  • a) For artists / craftspeople.
  • b) For art critics, art writers, art curators, art historians or art administrators.
  • c) For staff of the University of Sydney and research students of the Department of Art History & Film Studies, Chau Chak Wing Museum and University Galleries and Sydney College of the Arts.

The Fellowship covers the rental fee for a studio at the Cité des Arts Internationale in Paris for 3 months in 2024. Residency winners will also receive $6,000 towards travel and living expenses. 

Applications close on midnight, 10 July 2023.

Selection Criteria

Applicants must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident. The ability to speak French would be an advantage, but is not essential.

The Fellowships are determined by a committee chaired by the Director of the Power Institute, with regard to the following criteria:

  • The committee will look for applications which explicitly address the potential for a residency in Paris and at the Cité Internationale des Arts to further their professional development at this stage of their career, as an artist, scholar or curator.
  • Applicants must show how their projects will specifically benefit from a residency in Paris. The committee will examine how applicants seek to use the use of resources at the Cité des Arts or the wider city of Paris. We recommend that applications include specific references to sources, collaborations, institutions or artistic resources in their application

In addition, the Committee will also consider the following criteria for each category:

Category A: Artists/Craftspeople

  • Applicants may be from any of the fields of the visual arts including performance, video and multi media art and at any level of his/her profession. The Cité is not designed primarily for students but rather for the artist who wishes to spend time in Paris and whose career will be strongly influenced by a stay in Paris. The committee is looking for professional practising artists. Such an artist may be an emerging artist of unusual talent or someone who is already recognised and well advanced in their profession with a substantial record of achievement in the arts.  The award is a three month residency.

Category B: Art Critics, Art Writers, Art Curators, Art Historians or Art Administrators

  • Applicants must have a substantial record of achievement in the visual arts and be able to describe the expected benefits from the award. The Power Institute has a focus on modern and contemporary art and visual culture, including cinema, photography and new media, but welcomes projects dealing with other periods and cultures. Applicants in Category B should address this in the objectives of the project.  The award is a three month residency.

Category C: Staff of the University of Sydney, PhD research students of the University of Sydney

  • Applicants must be employees of the University of Sydney, including those on casual, temporary or fixed term appointments who have been employed for at least one year by the University of Sydney. In particular, applications are invited from staff members of the Department of Art History,  Film Studies, Sydney College of the Arts, the Chau Chak Wing Museum and University Galleries who wish to pursue particular projects of artwork, research, administrative or internship training which would be strongly influenced by a stay in Paris. The award is a three month residency.

Fellowship Conditions

  • Fellows will be required to pay a bond deposit (refundable) and utility costs for the duration of their stay.
  • $6,000 (AUD) will be provided to Fellows to contribute to travel and living expenses. Payment will be made approximately 6 weeks prior to travel. Successful applicants will need to have sufficient funds if they would like to book air tickets well in advance of commencement of residency.
  • Fellows must submit a report detailing their outcomes at the end of their residency.

Inquiries and More information

More information about the Cité des Arts Internationales, and past Residencies, can be found on the Power Institute's website

If you have any inquiries about the Residency or the application process, please email powerinstitute@sydney.edu.au

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