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La Box Curatorial Project and Residencies
Residency Bourges, France

La Box Curatorial Project and Residencies

DEADLINE:31 March 2020

The Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art (National School of Art/ENSA) in Bourges is housed in a 17th-century building in the Old Town. Bourges itself is in central France, two hours from Paris.

The La Box gallery is one of ENSA’s principal teaching tools. Every year it features artists from France and abroad in ten exhibitions relating to the study programme. For more than ten years now the gallery has entrusted part of its planning to young guest curators through its Curatorial Program.

The schools also provides residencies for young artists, with the financial backing of the Regional Cultural Affairs Office (DRAC) and the Centre-Val de Loire Region.


  • The curatorial project must fit with the School’s concerns, but there is no predefined exhibition format: it is up to the curator to decide on the mode of presentation, which may take the form of several exhibitions or a single, open-ended one. The curator (or the collective) can also come up with proposals for cooperative ventures with different partners (local, regional and more).
  • The age limit for La Box residencies is 35.


For the Curatorial Project: The overall budget is 25,000 euros. This sum includes production and transport of works, communication and publishing costs, artists’ travel and accommodation costs and travel expenses for the curator(s), up to a total of 20,000 euros; plus curator’s expenses up to 5,000 euros. The curator’s fee will be paid on presentation of an invoice (company registration number required). The project may also include financial input from other private or public sources.

For the Residencies: The successful candidate will be awarded a three-month residency during the academic year at a period to be decided on. He or she will receive a grant of 3,000 euros, a production budget not exceeding 2,000 euros and a publishing budget not exceeding 2,000 euros.


The candidature application must be sent by email, in PDF format, before March 31, 2020 midnight to