Lower Manhattan Cultural Council is proud to partner with the Mayor’s Office of the City of Paris (Mairie de Paris), to provide New York City artists with the opportunity to live and work at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France for six consecutive months.

The Paris Residency provides a unique opportunity for an individual artist or collaborative duo of any discipline to have new experiences and develop new work in a self-guided and self-motivated way. LMCC and the Mayor’s Office of the City of Paris began the partnership in 2002 when Paris reached out to LMCC as a gesture of fellowship following the events of September 11, 2001. Since then, LMCC has sent 12 New York City-based artists to Paris.

Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris is situated in the heart of the Marais district in Central Paris, a dynamic quarter swarming with art galleries, restaurants, museums, and shops, a favorite destination for Parisians. Residents may pursue their artistic practice and develop their creative techniques for the duration of their stay at Cité des Arts. The site includes 270 individual live/work spaces, an exhibition area where artists can display their works, and an auditorium where artists can perform concerts. Since it’s opening in 1965, Cité Internationale des Arts has accommodated more than 18,000 artists from all over the world.

The Paris Residency 2018 Application is closed.
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Live/work space

Residents live and work in a private, furnished studio-flat at Cité Internationale des Arts. Flats are approximately 30 sq. meters (325 sq. feet), with kitchenette, private bath, and linens. Cité des Arts is located adjacent to the River Seine on Rue de L’Hôtel de Ville at the Pont Marie metro stop in the 4th Arrondissement.


The Mayor’s Office of the City of Paris will provide the selected resident a monthly cash stipend of approximately €1,296 (about US$ 1,411, based on 1 EUR = 1.09 USD)*. Please note, the resident is responsible for rent (€461/month), security deposit (one month rent), artist materials, transportation to, from, and within Paris, utilities, costs associated with securing a 6-month visa and other related expenses.

Museum Pass

Residents receive a museum pass that provides free admission and special access to most museums throughout France.

Additional Facilities and Services

For daily or monthly fees, access is available to a printmaking studio, photographic darkroom, and ceramics facilities, as well as access to exhibition spaces and rehearsal rooms within the Cité des Arts.

Language Class

A semi-weekly, 2-hour French language class is offered at the Cité des Arts for a nominal fee.

Program offerings and exchange rates are subject to change.

Get an overview of the Paris Residency program and learn about the components of a well-prepared application by attending an information session. This information session is strongly suggested, but not required. Please note that capacity is limited, so please RSVP as early as possible. There are two opportunities to attend an information session.

RSVP here to attend the Thu, Dec. 15, 6:30pm at LMCC’s Office

Applications are due on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 5:00pm EST

Applicants will be notified of their application status in June 2017

The Residency will take place January 2018 – June 2018 in Paris.

Application to the Paris Residency is open to emerging and mid-career artists working in any media or genre who are U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents and are also residents of New York City (including all five boroughs). Artists who do not reside in New York City are not eligible.

Collaborative pairs (no more than 2) are eligible to apply. Eligible collaborative applicants should submit one application and a joint biography and resume that demonstrate a history of collaboration. Collaborative pairs will receive only one stipend and one live/work space to share. Artists who require large work space or continuous access to rehearsal studios are not eligible.

Artists who will be matriculated as students at any level during the residency session (January-June 2018) may not participate in the Paris Residency.

Selected applicant may not participate in a concurrent residency program while participating in the Paris Residency.

Artists that will participate in any of LMCC’s other residency programs during 2017 are not eligible to apply.

We expect to receive approximately 200 applications from artists for the Paris Residency Program this session. Applicants will first be reviewed in New York City by a selection panel comprised of arts professionals, artists, and LMCC staff. The panelists change each session.

The New York City panel will assess and rank all applicants according to the following criteria:

  • Merit of past work based on submitted Work Sample;
  • Career record, based on Narrative Biography and Resume;
  • Proposed projects and ideas, as expressed in Proposal and Artist Statement;

LMCC is committed to maintaining diversity in all of its programs.

The panel will select five finalists whose applications will be forwarded to the Mayor’s Office of the City of Paris. In Paris, another panel will convene to make the final selection.

The Paris Residency runs from January to June 2018. The selected individual artist or collaborative duo will be expected to relocate to Paris for the duration of this residency session.

The Paris Residency is a self-guided and self-motivated experience. Artists selected for the Paris Residency are encouraged and should be prepared to seek out a community, facilities to produce work, and experiences they would not have without this opportunity. Beyond facilities-related assistance with the live/work space at Cité des Arts, the residency does not provide hands-on support. There are no organized open studios or events and limited group activities.

While the resident artist will receive a monthly cash stipend of € 1,296, the artist will be responsible for the following expenses:


  • Monthly rent, € 461 (single), € 615 (double)
  • Security deposit, € 461
  • Transportation to and from Paris
  • Daily transportation within Paris
  • Artist materials
  • Visa or other immigration documentation

Note: all fees quoted are for 2016 and subject to change.


  • Mobile phone
  • Utilities (land line phone, internet, etc.)
  • Amenities beyond what is provided by Cité des Arts
  • Language class
  • Facility Fees (darkroom, ceramics, etc.)

Spouses and Families:
Artists may choose to attend the residency with a spouse or family. The maximum number of people who can be accommodated is three, including the artist in residence. However, fees and restrictions for accommodating families do exist at Cité des Arts. A larger studio/flat will be provided, however, please note that means an increase in rent costs. The stipend amount remains the same regardless if you are applying as an individual artist or collaborative with or without a spouse or family.

On the online application, Applicants are asked to provide the following:

Contact information
Professional References (2)
Narrative Biography (100 words)
Resume (one-page)
Artist Statement (100 words)
Residency Proposal (200 words)
Works Sample with description – scroll down to learn more about Work Sample Instructions

The Work Sample is a critical element of your application. Prepare a well-organized Work Sample that represents your best work.

Work Samples will be collected online via the Online Application Form. You must prepare your files and file names or links before you submit them online.

Choose one of four Work Sample Options. Follow the guidelines to prepare your Work Sample, and then submit them via the Online Application Form. 



  • Eight (8) digital images
    • Images must be saved as JPEG files, 800 pixels in the longest dimension, at 72dpi.
    • Each image filename must be saved as: “LastName-FirstName-#” (e.g. Smith-John-01.jpg / Smith-John-02.jpg / etc.)
    • During the selection process, images will be viewed one at a time as a projection.
    • Prints, slides, catalogs, original artwork, and other materials are not accepted and will be discarded.



  • Four (4) minutes of video/audio:
    • For time-based media only.
    • Applicants may submit up to 2 clips of video/audio totaling no more than four minutes of footage.
    • During the selection process, videos will be projected.
    • Video/Audio clips are accepted as Weblinks to clips hosted on external sites (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.). We recommend that you submit a continuous clip that has been edited down to the allotted time. If your clip is longer, provide the starting (cue) point. The panel will watch no more than the allotted time.
    • Applicants should provide passwords for password-protected videos if applicable.
    • Applicants should ensure that hosted online Work Samples follow the above guidelines and are accessible online through June 2017.



  • Four (4) digital images AND two (2) minutes (1 clip) of video or audio:
    • Follow above instructions for labeling and formatting.



  • Include up to 20 pages of text
  • Document must be a PDF. You may provide any number of works totaling 20 pages.
  • 10-12 point font
  • The file must be saved as: LastName-FirstName.pdf. Your name, title of work and a page number should be on each page of the manuscript


We do not accept:

  • Work samples via file download (such as YouSendIt)
  • Digital images by snail mail;
  • 35mm slides or VHS;
  • Original artwork;
  • PowerPoint presentations or slideshows;
  • Handwritten documents;
  • Letters of recommendation;
  • Support materials, including reviews, catalogues, and publications.

Work Samples that do not adhere to the above submission guidelines will not be considered.

Paris Residency for New York City-based artists at Cité Internationale Des Arts, Paris, France is sponsored by Mairie de Paris/Mayor’s Office of the City of Paris