BAU Institute

General information

Brief description of organisation


BAU Institute is an official Non Profit 501(3)C organization that is registered in New York, NY (USA). The mission of the BAU Institute is to organize residencies to support the realization of projects in the arts within an international, multicultural, and multidisciplinary community of Fellows.

BAU Institute was started in Otranto, Italy by Professor Paola Iacucci as an architecture program for college students. The name was based on the concept of Building, Arts, and Urbanism. In 2004, American artist Marthe Keller collaborated with Professor Iacucci to transition BAU Institute into an arts and culture residency for creative professionals. The next major transition occurred in 2012 when BAU Institute became an official Non Profit 501(3)C organization registered in New York, NY (USA). With the retirement of Professor Iaccuci and Marthe Keller from the BAU Institute, the Otranto Residency ended in 2015. In 2016, BAU Institute organized an arts residency at a farmstead in the nearby countryside of Puglia, Italy. Following the summer of 2016, the BAU Institute Puglia Residency For Artists and Writers was discontinued when the site of this residency became unavailable.

2014 also began BAU Institute’s new relationship with The Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. The BAU INSTITUTE ARTS RESIDENCY AWARD offers BAU Institute funded fellowships to all accepted artists. This one-month summer residency, at The Camargo Foundation, is currently the only residency that is offered by BAU Institute.

New for 2019 are two travel subsidies of $1500.00 USD to mid- career artists in all disciplines to attend the residency in Cassis, France.

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Brief description of residency program


The BAU Institute residency welcomes multicultural and multidisciplinary artists who have been working independently for over five years to its 2019 summer residency. Hosted at the Camargo Foundation and located in the Mediterranean village of Cassis, France, it offers fellowship awards in visual arts, writing, performance and film.

Residency Dates: July 24 - August 21, 2019

Applications Due: March 4, 2019

Notification: March 31, 2019


The BAU Institute Residency offers international mid-career artists, who have been working independently for over five years, apartments and workspaces at no cost. Hosted by the Camargo Foundation, the BAU Institute’s Residency award supports artists working in the visual arts, film, performance, and writing on a secluded campus in Cassis, France.

The BAU Institute Residency provides artists a singular opportunity to devote intense focus on projects within an inspiring campus perched above the Mediterranean Sea. Residents are free to create their own schedule of studio practice combined with group dinners and outings. Film screenings, readings and studio presentations also support a vibrant community among Fellows. The setting enables undisturbed creativity, while still offering interaction with the local village of Cassis and the nearby city of Marseille.

BAU Institute encourages national and international applicants of diverse backgrounds. The residency may accommodate up to 15. Fellowship selections are determined by a rotating panel of discipline-specific professionals.
Applications will not be considered from full-time students.

The Camargo Foundation campus is located directly on the Mediterranean Sea with breathtaking views of the harbor and Cap Canaille, the highest maritime cliff in Europe. It is a short walk to the village of Cassis with farmers’ markets, restaurants and stores. The Foundation is adjacent to the hiking trails of the National Park of the Calanques. The culturally diverse city of Marseille is 30 minutes away by train, bus or car. From Marseille it is an easy transfer to either the airport or the express train system for travel within France and other European cities.

All Fellows receive a private apartment. The apartments are furnished and have fully equipped kitchens. Linens and towels are provided. A washer and dryer are available for personal laundry. On campus amenities include Wi-Fi, parking, reference library, outdoor Greek Theater, gardens and large terraces with sea views. Visual artists work in their apartments or in additional studio spaces.

Fellows are responsible for transportation to the Residency and meal costs while there. BAU Institute will host a Welcome and a Farewell Dinner.

The Fellowship is for the accepted artist only. No family members or partners may live at the Camargo Foundation or visit the artist while in residency .

A refundable $250.00 USD security deposit is due upon acceptance.
The BAU Institute Residency Director will be on-site and available for assistance.
Additional support from the Camargo Foundation staff during business hours is also available. Fellows receive extensive information packets before arrival to facilitate their travel plans and prepare for life in Cassis.

For more information please visit the BAU Institute website:

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Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • New Media
  • Printmaking
  • Curatorial
  • Film Making
  • Sculpture
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Literature
  • Each collaborator must submit their own individual application.
Type of organisation
  • Other

501(c)(3) Non-Profit

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 1 month
Number of artists resident at one time

between 11 and 16

Companions allowed
  • Other

The Fellowship is for the accepted artist only. No family members or partners may live at the Camargo Foundation or visit the artist while in residency.

Grants available

Two $1500.00 USD will be awarded to two applicants in any discipline. Please see website for additional information:

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Food
  • Other

BAU at Camargo provides live/work housing at no cost. There is no fee to attend. There is a refundable $250.00 security deposit due upon acceptance and a $43.00 application fee. Meals, travel, and expenses are the responsibility of residents.

Expectations of the artist
  • Other

Residents work on their own terms with no requirements.

Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Housing
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency


UrbanCassis, France

  • Internet Connection
  • Musical Instruments
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Private Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
  • French
Other activities happening at the space
  • Residents are free to create their own schedule of studio practice combined with optional group dinners and outings. Film screenings, readings and studio presentations also support a vibrant community among Fellows.

How to reach

By train

European Railroad System. It is a seven minute drive to the train station in Cassis, France. (TGV to Gare De Marseille St. Charles and then TER to Gare De Cassis) (The Camargo Foundation campus is a 7 minute drive from the local train station in Cassis.)

By plane

Plan to Marseille Provence Airport, then bus or train to Cassis.

By car

European Highway System (The lively city of Marseille is 30 minutes away by car)

Nearest airport

Marseille Provence

Contact information

BAU Institute
1 Avenue Jermini
13260 Cassis

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