The Terrence and Lynette Fern Cité Internationale des Arts Residency Fellowship


The Cité Internationale des Arts in the Rue de L'Hotel de Ville, in the Marais quarter of Paris, was opened in the early 1960s. It provides studio accommodation for foreign and provincial art students, including musicians, painters, sculptors and graphic artists. One of the first decisions of the Power Institute was the purchase of a studio for the use of Australian artists. Each year the Institute offers residencies in its studio to artists, art scholars and art writers.

Information for applicants

Selection Criteria and Categories of Awards

Category A: Power Institute Award for Artists
Applicants may be from any of the field of the visual arts including performance, video and multimedia art and at any level of his/her profession. The Cité is not designed primarily for students but rather for the artist who wishes to spend time in Paris and whose career will be strongly influenced by a stay in Paris. The committee is looking for a professional practicing artist. Such an artist may be a beginner of unusual talent or someone who is already recognised and well advanced in her/his profession with a substantial record of achievement in the arts. The award is either a 6 or 3 month residency.

Category B: Power Institute Award for Art Critics, Art Writers, Art Curators, Art Historians or Art Administrators
Applicants must have a substantial record of achievement in the visual arts and be able to describe the expected benefits from the award. The Power Institute has a focus on modern and contemporary art and visual culture, including cinema, photography and new media, but welcomes projects dealing with other periods and cultures. Applicants in Category B should address this in the objectives of the project. The award is a three month residency.

Category C: Power Institute Award for Staff and PhD Research Postgraduates of the University of Sydney and its affiliates
Applicants must normally be full-time employees of the University of Sydney, including those on temporary or fixed term appointments who have been employed for at least one year by the University of Sydney, or current research postgraduate students. In particular, applications are invited from the Department of Art History and Film Studies, Sydney College of the Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Workshop and the University Museums who wish to pursue particular projects of art work, research or administrative or internship training which would be strongly influenced by a stay in Paris. The award is a three month residency.

General Criteria

  • The applicant's ability and potential for professional development as a result of the experience gained in the studio at this stage of his or her career
  • The applicant's objectives in going to Paris and the extent to which they are likely to be met by such a visit. Applicants must show how their projects will specifically benefit by a stay in Paris
  • The ability to speak French would also be an advantage but is not essential
  • Applicant must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident

Online applications

Applications are now open for the Power Institute 2018 Terrence and Lynette Fern Cité Internationale des Arts Residency Fellowships. For the first time we are accepting applications online via submittable. All information including criteria, eligibility and residency details can be found on the submittable form.

Start your application HERE


Deadline for applications will be: 20 July 2017

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Phone: 02 9351 4211