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Studios in Paris

Important information for applicants

Due to the international travel bans in place currently for Australians during COVID-19, and to protect the health and safety of successful applicants, the Gallery has postponed the 2020 Studios in Paris residency program, and closed applications for the 2021 residencies.

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The Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris is a non-profit international art centre which provides studio accommodation for artists and scholars from around the world.

The Art Gallery of NSW awards artists or scholars in the visual arts a two-month or three-month tenancy in either the Moya Dyring Studio or the Dr Denise Hickey Memorial Studio at the Cité.

Moya Dyring Memorial Studio – two-month tenancy

Moya Dyring was an Australian artist and great supporter of young Australian painters and students visiting Paris. She lived at Quai d’Anjou on the Ile St Louis, almost opposite the Cité Internationale des Arts. After her death in 1967, her friends and family purchased a studio in her memory at the Cité for the continued support of visiting artists.

Dr Denise Hickey Memorial Studio – three-month tenancy

Dr Denise Hickey was an art educator and former Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW. This studio was named by the Gallery to honour Dr Hickey’s life-long dedication to the support and education of Australian artists.

About the studio residency

  • Awarded to up to ten applicants a year.
  • Covers the rent of the studio in Paris.
  • Is without stipend and does not include fares to and from Paris.
  • The successful applicant must pay a monthly maintenance fee to the Cité authorities and must submit a two-page report detailing the outcomes of their study at the studio no later than one month after completion.
  • The residency is open to established or emerging artists, or applicants pursuing research in the visual arts, including arts professionals, scholars and postgraduate students. Preference will be given to residents of Australia who have been so for at least two years.

How to apply

Applications now closed

Prepare the following documents for the online application form:

  • Proposal outlining the project to be undertaken at the studio and demonstrate how the project will benefit by a stay in Paris. Proposals should be no more than 600 words and saved as PDF or DOC/DOCX files.
  • CV outlining qualifications, relevant training, exhibition history, prizes and scholarships saved as PDF or DOC/DOCX files.
  • PowerPoint of your work. Download the PowerPoint template and save your presentation in the following format ‘SURNAME_Firstname_2020’. Prepare a minimum of six to a maximum of twelve JPEG images of recent work formatted into a PowerPoint presentation.
    1. Format as a landscape presentation, with each slide featuring one image, centred on a white background with the caption underneath (title, date, medium and size). If you have the installation shots of your artworks, please include them in the PowerPoint. Make the first slide your name only.
    2. For multimedia works, applicants may include two additional videos (one video should be no more than two minutes). Videos must be a link to online content and URL saved on a new slide in the PowerPoint.
    3. Upload your PowerPoint onto a file sharing site and include the link in the application form.

Download PowerPoint template (PPT 117.5 KB)

Selection process

  • Finalists will be selected and contacted in late June.
  • The studio residencies will be judged by a panel consisting of Gallery staff.
  • Recipients of the Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship and Barbara Tribe Travelling Art Scholarship will be chosen from the winners of the Studio residencies.
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Scholarship opportunities

Applicants for the studio residencies in Paris may also be eligible for the Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship and the Barbara Tribe Travelling Art Scholarship to support their travel. Both scholarships are applied for by opting in as part of the studios in Paris application process.

Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship

In memory of Eva Breuer, one of Australia’s most loved and prolific art dealers, the Breuer Foundation established an annual scholarship of $25,000 to be awarded to a young Australian female artist for the purpose of travel and study in Paris.

Check your eligibility on the Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship page.

Barbara Tribe Travelling Art Scholarship

Barbara Tribe is one of Australia’s most significant 20th-century sculptors, recognised for her work with Rayner Hoff and for her own figurative and portrait sculptures. Every two years, the Barbara Tribe Travelling Art Scholarship awards $25,000 to an Australian female sculptor for the purpose of travel and study in Paris.

Check your eligibility on the Barbara Tribe Travelling Art Scholarship page.

Artist Kate Scardifield in her studio. Photo: Robin Hearfield

Read about the 2019 recipients