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L'AiR Arts

L’AiR Arts* is a not-for-profit organisation (une association à but non lucratif soumise à la loi 1901). Our mission is to support intercultural and artistic exchange through providing international artist residency opportunities.

Our programs bring together artists, researchers, arts professionals and arts supporters of different nationalities and backgrounds with the aim to foster creativity and artistic practice, while promoting inclusion, diversity and international understanding through arts and cultural heritage.

This residency not only provides the opportunity to explore Paris and have space in which to comfortably stay and work, it also offers an insider’s view into the important role that international artists have played in Paris from the late 19th century to the present day.

Our short-term group artist residency sessions usually last only two to four weeks and offer intense and stimulating experience of intercultural exchange, networking, professional development, research and exploration.While focusing on visual arts, some sessions offer an in-depth exploration of particular art practice, such as drawing or photography, whereas other sessions concentrate on the rich art history of the City or study its contemporary art scenes.

We are offering artist-in-residence opportunities on an ongoing basis, with the following sessions coming up:
- Drawing Research Residency: February 20 - April 12, 2019 (application deadline December 23, 2018)
- Self-Directed Artist Residency: open days (ongoing application)
- Art Research Residency: days tba
- Photography Research Residency: days tba
​​- Multidisciplinary Arts Residency: days tba

To encourage networking and professional development, the residency also gives participants the opportunity to meet local contemporary artists, art historians, curators and gallerists working in Paris today.

In addition to facilitated cultural programme, we make sure that there is a good balance between organized events and independent exploration of Paris. Like many artists visiting Paris from around the world, you are invited to find inspiration in the city's cafes, alleyways, and bars. There will be time for artists to self-organize into small groups and explore Paris together.

To enhance the group residency experience and cultural exchange, we encourage resident artists to share their knowledge and expertise with other group participants.

When not busy exploring Paris, resident artists can use designated work space and are invited to share their skills and ideas with fellow residents, present a talk on their work, and participate in an Open Studio event or an Exhibition.

For those artists or other creative professionals who wish to carry out an independent research project, focus on studio work, or come for an exhibition or another engagement opportunity in Paris, in addition to our facilitated group sessions, we also offer ​self-directed residency option that is tailored to specific needs of artists visiting Paris.​


Paris: France

Following on from a successful year of running “Atelier sur Seine” Artist Residency in the French countryside, L'AiR ARTS is pleased to partner with FIAP PARIS - an international exchange Centre, and offer a group residency in the heart of the historic centre of Paris, Montparnasse.


  • Residency Length: 2-4 weeks
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: up to 12


  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Application deadline: December 23

Past Residents & Quotes

“This was an in-depth introduction to the art historical legacy and contemporary art scenes in Paris today. Together with a wonderful team of historians and curators, we were able to gain access to many art venues, from major art museums and institutions hosted by their in-house representatives, to secluded historical sites, and artists studios, welcomed to local Paris-based arts communities. I highly recommend this for artists who seek deep immersion in the history and legacy of Paris and its profound influence on international art and culture.”
— - ​Marie Thibeault, artist and Professor of Art at California State University, Los Angeles, United States (Artist-in-Residence, 2018)

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility, Shared bedroom
  • Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
    Half-board meals: buffet breakfast and either lunch or dinner of traditional french cuisine (with a to-go option) Welcoming and closing dinner at a historic restaurant or an artistic venue
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: no
  • Studios/special equipment: Book Arts, Exhibition / Installation, Painting
  • Additional studio information: 
    This residency is not designed for a large scale art production, but rather focused on intercultural exchange, research and exploration. There is no expectation to produce art, but we provide shared work space for up to 8 resident artists at a time to do some small studies.

Residency Fees

The cost includes full residency program depending on the session and its duration and is based on accommodation selection (either private or shared room between 2 to 4 artists) ​ Expenses such as airfare, additional meals and transportation, as well as any art materials and other purchases are not included in the residency cost.

Stipends / other support

Although some scholarships are available for artists from less economically developed countries and those artists chosen by art patrons, artists are encouraged to raise their own funds. We provide accepted artists with the necessary documentation to support applications for funding in their own countries.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Contact Information

7 Avenue Fremiet
Paris, 75016
Tel: +33679146438