La Galerie, a non profit Contemporary Art Centre located in the suburbs of Paris, hosts each year a foreign curator in residence for a period of three months. First organised in 2006, the aim of the residency is to put on an exhibition at La Galerie within the context of a public art centre, and to meet artists and professionals working in the contemporary art field in France.

Residency dates: 7 April – 9 July 2011
Exhibition dates: 28 May– 23 July 2011
Deadline: application to be emailed at the latest 10 January 2011.

Free accommodation is provided (including costs of electricity, gas, internet, phone and public transport) in a 65 m2 flat in the centre of Noisy-le-Sec (10 minutes by train from Paris + 15 minutes walk). The flat includes a bedroom, a living room/kitchen and a workspace. In addition there is a cellar connected to the flat. A total budget of 25,000 EUR is provided by the art centre to cover all expenses of the exhibition including artists’ and curator”s travel costs, the curator”s fee (3000 !), transport of art works, insurance costs, production costs, publicity (invitations, flyers, poster, etc), the publication of a 16 page bilingual French/ English leaflet and of a 12 page leaflet for children.

La Galerie is part of the d.c.a network of Contemporary Art Centres in France. It is publicly funded by the City of Noisy-le-Sec, the DRAC Ile-de-France – Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Seine-Saint-Denis département and the Ile-de-France region. Founded in 1999, La Galerie offers a programme based on the notion of art as a sensory experience and a reflection of our relation to the world through a conceptual approach. Four exhibitions a year (two monographic, two thematic) offer hitherto unseen works by internationally recognized artists together with those of emerging French artists. The centre’s main activities are to produce art works, publish bilingual reference publications, host artists and curators in residence and develop educational activities in relation to the artistic programme.

The exhibition space is 140 m2 on street level + project rooms in the basement.

MORE INFORMATION (no specific website yet)
La Galerie is a member of: tram, Paris/Île-de-France contemporary art network:
d.c.a, French association for the development of art centres:

Each candidate must submit an exhibition proposal which he/she would be able to implement with the help of La Galerie’s team. The exhibition can be a group show, a duo, a solo show.

In addition, the curator would be required to:
– Take into consideration the general artistic programme of La Galerie
– Have an interest in the French art scene
– Engage as much as possible with the context of the art centre and participate actively in public talks and events organised by La Galerie
– Write an introductory text and accompanying texts on the works for the press release and the exhibition leaflet.
To facilitate communication with the La Galerie team and the public, the curator should speak French or English.

Applications have to be e-mailed to to the attention of: Marianne Lanavère, Director

Applications should contain only 2 attached files in PDF format (maximum total weight: 4 Mo)
1) The curator’s CV/résumé (PDF file) with his/her name, address, phone and email contacts, list of curated exhibitions, pieces of writing etc
2) An exhibition proposal (PDF file) including:
– a text (maximum 2 pages) explaining the idea behind the exhibition
– a list of considered artists (even if they’re obviously not confirmed at this stage)
– a short text about each considered artist specifying how his/her work relates in the exhibition (5 lines maximum)
– one picture (reproduction of an art work or exhibition view) for each artist.
In the case of a duo or a solo exhibition, please provide pictures of various works.
Applications sent by postal mail will not be accepted.
For additional information please email: lagalerie -at-
Deadline: application to be emailed at the latest 10 January 2011.

After an initial evaluation, 4 to 5 pre-selected curators will be invited to present their project to a selection panel during a conference call mid January 2011. The other candidates will be informed by email after the selection panel.

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