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DRAWinternational Studios
Robbie Karmel (AUS) AiR 2017/18
Stefan Bakmand (DK) AiR 2017
Lezli Rubin-Kunda (CAN) AiR 2017
DRAWinternational 'Open Studio' event


DRAWinternational set out some years ago to celebrate drawing ‘for itself’ and ‘for others’ i.e. as it relates to other representational media. Our artists-in-residence programme attracts artists who wish to extend their professional practice and theoretical understanding, with the very issues reflected in contemporary society. That is, through human endeavour, reflection, discourse and action. These artists come from many different countries and bring with them many diverse experiences, but all have something in common, a humanity and a passion for drawing.
We work with architects, designers, writers and professionals in the applied and fine arts. Our provision is both theoretical and practice based, working with artists when required, assisting them to be more objective, thus distancing themselves somewhat from the aesthetic object. (The Phenomenology of Aesthetic Experience, 1973, Mikel Dufrenne).

DRAWinternational A-i-R programme continues to expand notions of drawing:
to cater for creative people in pursuit of new and dynamic form, in preparation for exhibition, publication or postgraduate qualification and support artists in their professional practice/research.
Artists are allocated individual studio spaces to suit particular project requirements at the "gendarmerie" with unlimited access.

The centre organises events such as, exhibitions, open workshops and seminars/presentations, to promote it's activities, share creative experience and opportunities within the public domain.

We have various residency opportunities that compliment our ongoing AiR programme.

DRAWing Research Residency in partnership with L'AiR Arts, Paris - February 20 - April 12, 2019 (application deadline December 23, 2018)


Caylus: France

The centre for drawing research is situated in the heart of Caylus, a small medieval village in SW France, a rural community with a growing number of artists and craftspeople. Rolling hills, and limestone buildings create a picturesque architectural and natural landscape dating back to the 12th century. There are many hiking paths that enable artists to discover architecture, faune and flora specific to this region. Caylus though small has all the facilities necessary for day to day living, as well as a twice weekly open air market where local produce is abundant. The village is fortunate also to have a makers space "Fablab" for digital fabrication and an environmental research centre, both organisations have worked with our artists in residence in relation to particular projects. The centre is within an hour and a half of many cultural sites for research and contextual studies that could compliment a residency programme for example the prehistoric caves "Peche Merle" with 29000 yr old drawings.


  • Residency Length: 1-3 months
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 3
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 30


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Artists are selected on the quality of their residency proposal, its relevance to DRAW's philosophy, the environment and evidence of previous artistic work.

  • Application Ongoing: Yes
  • Additional deadline info:
    Please use our 'formulaire de contact' on our website : A-i-R application requirements: A statement of intent for the residency ie: what you would wish to achieve here at our centre, within of course your specified time. Examples of your recent work (high resolution jpeg) and website details. A short biography and CV. An indication of the equipment and material you may use, each artist has a different set of requirements and we would only accept those who we feel we can assist in a professional capacity.

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
  • Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
    The centre provides weekly evening meals for all artists as well as on special occasions using fresh local produce to create delicious menus that incorporate regional specialities.
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: no
    Being a medieval village accessibility is problematic, however we are interested in supporting all artists and will do our utmost to find solutions.
  • Additional studio information: 
    Additional facilities include, flexible studio space for large scale works/installation/performance/music, a technical workshop, etching press, top loading kiln and technical assistance. A gallery space for works in progress or completed works is also available when appropriate, besides our regular open studio events.
  • Other facilities and services: We organise cultural visits that would compliment residency projects or that are pertinent to drawing research. We have a network of local artists, researchers and artisans that are willing to exchange with our resident artists.

Residency Fees

The residency fee at DRAWinternational is 1,750 Euros (1 month). DRAWinternational is an independent organisation initiated and sustained without any public or private support or sponsorship. Our commitment is to DRAWing research, the artists and our public for which we have to create our own resources. We are interested in creative people who would appreciate the opportunity for sustained concentration in a supportive professional studio environment, in order to develop their artistic practice by engaging in, new perspectives, experiences and challenges.

Stipends / other support

The board may offer a stipend to a particular artistic project.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Artists are encouraged to share their work with the public, through open studio, workshop, seminar/presentation events.

Contact Information

8 rue du Château
Caylus, 82160