Sophie Masson’s Feathers of the Firebird blog has featured interviews of past residents of The Keesing Studio at the Cité Internationale des Arts. The Keesing Studio was generously leased in 1985 for 75 years by the late Nancy Keesing to provide Australian writers with the opportunity to be immersed and stimulated by Paris. The writers talk about their experiences of residency and the enduring impact the residency has had on their work. Here is a selection of interviews. To view the whole series go to Feathers of the Firebird and click on the Paris studio interviews.
International Residencies Program
The International Residencies Program has been developed through sector consultation and research. Council has forged partnerships with some of the best residency providers in the world to deliver a suite of residencies that enable the development of individual artists, arts mediators, groups and organisations.
International residencies provide a unique opportunity for artists to effectively immerse themselves in a new arts context, market, community and culture. The experience enables artists to articulate their practice within a global context and build knowledge, networks and partnerships that support future international arts activity.
Outcomes for an artist on residency can include:
- Relationships and collaborations that are vital to the development of artistic practice and market opportunities.
- Research and development of new work.
- Acceleration of artistic practice.
- Cultural exchange.
Featured Case Studies
I was lucky enough to secure the Keesing studio in early 1993, and spent a wonderful seven to eight months there in the Marais. I had applied without a thought that I'd actually secure a spot at the studio, and was stunned when I did.
Once I heard about it many years ago I guess it was always there in the back of my mind - a flat in Paris! What a wonderful thought, why wouldn't I apply?
An insight into artists experiences, tips and advice who have lived in an artist residency.
There are many resources available on residencies and exchanges. We encourage you to maximise your residency experience by doing research and networking before you leave.
In 2014-15 the Australia Council conducted research on artist residencies directly and indirectly funded through our grants and programs.