Manuscrit autographe de Roland Barthes / © fonds Roland Barthes, BnF

Open Call Fall Residency 2015

Open Calls - Fall 2015

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Application Deadline : April 30, 2015

On the occasion of the centenary of Roland Barthes (1915-1980), La Petite Escalère offers in September and October 2015 a residency around one of France most brilliant 20th Century intellectual, whose work was deeply influenced by his childhood, youth and frequent stays along the Adour River, close to La Petite Escalère.

«Le temps qui passe et le temps qu’il fait »

«Le temps qui passe et le temps qu’il fait » (time and weather), the theme of this open call, refers on the one hand to Barthes writer of nostalgia, scents and utopic reveries et memories, and on the other hand to his interest in meteorology — « toute la moire des lieux, des saisons, des temps, des lumières » — which reveals one’s presence to the world, « un mode fondamental selon lequel [le] corps se sent exister » but also cultural and ideological identifications.

This theme will be the starting point for visual and/or textual research oriented by Barthes’s work and life but also by the residency location, its story and landscape. This call for applications is open to visual artists and francophone writers who have published at least 2 books (any literary production is accepted — fiction, essay, poetry, drama, etc.) and to visual artists of all nationalities (all media or techniques — sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, video, performance, installation, etc.). The resident will choose the dates for his / her residency between September 7 and October 31, 2015—a minimum of 2 week and up to 4 weeks at a time.

The resident will be part of the symposium « Le Goût de Roland Barthes » organized by La Petite Escalère, the Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour and the city of Bayonne on September 27 and 28, 2015. La Petite Escalère offers a 650 euros stipend per week and covers transportation expenses from and to the garden.


Fall 2015 residency: September 7 –  October 31, 2015
Application deadline : April 30, 2015
Meeting with short list applicants (teleconference or phone) : before May 15, 2015
Final selection announcement : May 18, 2015


Applications should be sent only by mail no later than April 30, 2015 (postmark) to the following address:

Mathilde Simian
La Petite Escalère
4, boulevard de Strasbourg, 7ème étage
75010 PARIS – France

NB : please no mail that require signature at the time of delivery

All applications must include the following documents :

  • the application form (download here). Please note that this form cannot be replaced by a résumé;
  • a letter describing the applicant’s interest in the residency, how the program can be an asset in his/her career, his/her creative process along with his/her project for the residency based on the theme proposed in this open call (2 pages maximum) ;
  • for French residents only, a proof of subscription (“affiliation” ou “assujettissement”) to the Maison des artistes or the Agessa for the current year ;
  • a self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of material.

For visual artists, application must also include the following documents:

  • a USB key (or any other digital support) including 30 images with captions (formats .jpg ou .pdf) presenting the candidate’s work with a emphasis on the last 5 years of practice, along with a printed selection of 15-20 images printed on A4 paper;
  • for artists working for less than 10 years only, two recommendation letters by a professional from the art world who is familiar with his/her work (teacher, curator, art critic or historian, etc.);

For authors, the application must also include the following documents:

  • a selection of published or unpublished texts (20 pages max. per text, 80 pages maximum) presenting the applicant’s work with a emphasis on the last 5 years of practice;
  • a detailed bibliography presenting all personal (minimum 2) and collective publications of the applicant by a publisher / magazine
  • press clippings

NB: All documents must be sent together. No reminder will be sent and no additional documents will be accepted. Incomplete applications will be discarded.