Location: Paris, France
Art form: Literature
Length of residency: 6 months
Dates: 3 August 2017 – 2 February 2018, 7 February – 6 August 2018
Grant amount: $20,000
The Keesing Studio is part of the Cité Internationale des Arts. Since its opening in 1965, the Cité Internationale des Arts has accommodated more than 18,000 artists from all over the world. The Cité provides studio space to professional artists wanting to develop their practice in France. Across two buildings, the Cité houses a culturally diverse selection of artists from up to 50 countries in one of its 324 studios each year.
The Keesing Studio was generously leased in 1985 for 75 years by the late Nancy Keesing to provide Australian writers with the opportunity to live and write in a new and stimulating environment.
Residents may practice their artistic discipline and develop their creative techniques for the duration of their stay at the Cité. The diverse range of artists in residence at any one time allows for rich artistic conversations and potential for collaborations. The Cité has a vast network of contacts in Paris and wider France, and is able to assist artists in developing their networks in France. The Cité organises a program of open studios throughout the year. Artists are also able to organise their own open studio.
The Cité is within easy reach of many literary landmarks in Paris, including the city’s most vibrant bookshops and libraries. Residents are encouraged to make connections with these institutions on, or prior, to arrival to fully immerse themselves in the Paris literary scene.
Accommodation and workspace
The Keesing Studio is on the first floor of the new wing of the Cité. The studio is approximately 40 square metres, comprising of one large room off an entry, with a partitioned sleeping area, and a small kitchen and bathroom. The furniture is fairly basic; with a bed, bookcase, small table, chairs and a dresser. A larger table and easel may also be requested if necessary. A television is located in a communal lounge. The studio is suitable for a single artist or couple, but there is not the space to accommodate children.
The Cité is centrally located on the rue Hotel de Ville, which runs beside the Seine, approximately four blocks from the Centre Pompidou, the Louvre and the Picasso Museum. There are four gallery districts in Paris, all within walking distance of the Cité. Close by is Le Marais, an area with many museums, commercial galleries, cheap restaurants and coffee shops. The Cité is across the Seine from the Ile de Cité, which is the oldest part of Paris. The nearest metro stops are Pont Marie and St Paul.