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Call for the selection of fellows (pensionnaires) 2015/2016 - Villa Medicis

The French Academy in Rome announces the competition for selecting resident
fellows 2015/2016
(pensionnaires) at Villa Medici starting next September for a
period of 12 to 18 months. The competition is open to French-speaking artists and
scholars of all nationalities
, aged from 20 to 45 (by December 31, 2015).

Applications (in French) can be sent from January 12 to February 26, 2015 through
a dedicated website: Candidates can apply from
all creative artistic fields (architecture, visual arts, musical composition, design crafts,
cinema, literature, photography, stage design and direction and choreography) as
well as history and theory of the arts and the restoration and preservation of artworks
or monuments.

To take part in the competition, applicants must submit a detailed
project indicating their motivations, research themes and type of activities they want
to realize during their sojourn.

For the selection of the 2015/2016 fellows, the jury, nominated by the French
Minister of Culture and Communication, is composed of:
Caroline Bourgeois, exhibitions curator;
Rodolphe Burger, author and composer;
Valérie Mréjen, visual artist, writer and cineaste;
Éric Reinhardt, writer.

Éric de Chassey, Director of the French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici, is the
President of the jury; Pierre Oudart, Assistant Director in charge of visual arts at the
French Ministry for Culture and Communications (Direction générale de la création
artistique), and Thierry Tuot, President of the Board of Directors of the French
Academy in Rome – Villa Medici, are also members of the jury.

Fourteen is the maximum number of fellowships granted to candidates
2015/2016. Fellows will benefit from a research grant and an allowance for individual
lodgings and studios or work areas for a period of from 12 to 18 months.
The 2015/2016 promotion will be accompanied by the Nouveau Prix de Rome, a
personality of international stature, who will be able to make a significant contribution
to the activities of the French Academy in Rome and participate in high-level
exchanges with the residents. The nominee will be submitted to the Minister of
Culture and Communication by the jury that selects the fellows.

Founded by Louis XIV in 1666, the French Academy in Rome fosters artistic creation
in all domains by hosting artists and scholars and organizing a series of cultural
programs devised to promote the exchange of ideas between France and Italy, in a
perspective that is both European and global. Another important activity is to
preserve and promote Villa Medici, which has been the seat of the French Academy
in Rome since 1803, as well as its gardens and art collections.

The lodging of artists and scholars is the central founding mission of the French
Academy in Rome. Villa Medici is a place dedicated to research and creativity, where
fellows, together with other residents, benefit from a stimulating environment in an
environment of “suspended time” which is highly supportive of their working
conditions. The French Academy in Rome has hosted, among others, Jean-Auguste-
Dominique Ingres, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Charles Garnier, Claude Debussy,
Georges Bizet and, in recent years, Marie NDiaye, Pascal Dusapin, Hervé Guibert,
Xavier Beauvois, Yan-Pei Ming, Inga Sempé, Philippe Rahm, Bruno Mantovani,
Laurent Grasso, Véronique Ellena, Céline Minard, Yannick Haenel, Magic Malik.
In 2013 the French Academy in Rome's residency program was reformed in order to
adapt it to the evolution of the contemporary artistic context. This reform reestablishes
the centrality of its academic role and offers other residency programs
(Laureates of Research and Creation grants and a Program for Visiting Artists and

Instructions for applicants, documents required for the application and the
jury’s report on the 2014 selection can be consulted (in French) on the website (Residencies > Fellows > How to apply).

For further information on the application procedures: (Residencies > Fellows > How to apply)
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