LAiR Arts

General information

Brief description of organisation

L’AiR Arts is a not-for-profit organisation (une association à but non lucratif soumise à la loi 1901). Our mission is to support intercultural and artistic exchange through providing international artist residency opportunities.

Our programs bring together artists, researchers and arts professionals of different nationalities and backgrounds with the aim to foster creativity and artistic excellence while promoting, inclusion, diversity and international understanding through arts and cultural heritage.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Following on from a successful year of running “Atelier sur Seine” Artist Residency in the French countryside, LAiR ARTS is pleased to partner with FIAP PARIS and offer an international group residency in the heart of the historic centre of Paris, Montparnasse.

In keeping with the mission of our host partner, the vision for this program is to foster intercultural exchange between artists from different countries while hosting them in one of the art capitals of the world.

Our short-term artist residency sessions usually last only two to four weeks and offer a stimulating experience of intercultural exchange, networking, professional development, research and exploration.

During this residency, artists have an opportunity to build lasting connections with the fellow residents, and expand their network of Paris-based curators, gallerists, critics, artists, and scholars.

LAiR ARTS at FIAP PARIS: Live, Work, Meet, Present and Exhibit

This residency not only provides the opportunity to explore Paris and have space in which to comfortably stay and work, it also offers an insider’s view into the important role that international artists have played in Paris from the late 19th century to the present day.

While focusing on visual arts, some sessions offer an in-depth exploration of particular art practice, such as drawing or photography, whereas other sessions concentrate on the rich art history of the City or study its contemporary art scenes.

To encourage networking and professional development, this residency also gives participants the opportunity to meet local contemporary artists, art historians, curators and gallerists working in Paris today.

In addition to facilitated cultural programme, we make sure that there is a good balance between organized events and independent exploration of Paris. Like many artists visiting Paris from around the world, you are invited to find inspiration in the city´s cafes, alleyways, and bars. There will be time for artists to self-organize into small groups and explore Paris together.

To enhance the group residency experience and cultural exchange, we encourage resident artists to share their knowledge and expertise with other group participants. As the residency is open to art historians and curators along with practicing artists, we invite them to act as “guest contributors” to our programming. Please visit our Talks & Lectures page for the upcoming presentations.

When not busy exploring Paris, resident artists can use designated work space and are invited to share their skills and ideas with fellow residents, present a talk on their work, and participate in an Open Studio event or an Exhibition. For more details about the space, see Atelier Studios page.

We are offering artist-in-residence opportunities on an ongoing basis, with varying sessions focus, including:

- Art Research Residency
- Drawing Research Residency
- Photography Research Residency
- Multidisciplinary Art Residency
- Curated Artist Residency
- Self-Directed Artist Residency

LAiR ARTS at FIAP PARIS Residency includes:

- Accommodation in either a private or shared room (based on your preferences and availability, see our host page)
- Access to additional facilities including, plenty of common areas, cafe, an outdoor terrace and garden, laundry facility, meeting rooms and internet access (wifi) for personal laptops
- Half-board meals: buffet breakfast and either lunch or dinner of traditional french cuisine (with a to-go option)
- Welcoming and closing dinner at a historic restaurant or an artistic venue
Shared work space and open studio event or/and exhibition
- Exhibition space for large scale works / installation / performance / sound, technical assistance
- Guided Cultural group program or individually-tailored visits, meetings and other facilitated activities
- Support for artists to encourage integration and intercultural exchange
- Exposure on L´AiR Arts website and social media
- Promotion of the artist residency, including via local media
- Paris Museum Pass
- Book of ten Paris metro tickets

Cultural Programme

Depending on the focus of each residency session, the organized programming may include:

- Tours / walks of different artistic neighbourhoods of Paris: Montparnasse, Montmartre, Marais and Belleville
- Visits to historical and current artist studios
- Visits to contemporary art galleries, art fairs, artist collectives and arts service organizations
- Meetings with Paris-based artists, curators, gallerists and other arts professionals
A day trip to historical or artistic place outside of Paris

To see the list of our co-hosting organizations in Paris, visit Partners page.

Residency conditions and expectations:

- Open to professional artists working in all visual arts media and disciplines, as well as to curators and art historians
- Intermediate level of English is required to be able to understand and interact with others


The cost for the residency session is based on the accommodation option of either private or shared room between 2 to 4 artists.

Expenses such as airfare, additional meals and transportation, as well as any art materials and other purchases are not included in the residency cost.


Scholarship opportunities are available for artists based in less economically developed countries and artists chosen by art collectors / patrons on our selection committee. For more information, please see our Funding page.

Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Curatorial
  • Administrative
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation
  • Part of a Hotel or Guest House
  • Other

not-for-profit organization

Residency conditions

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

between 5 and 10

Grants available

Although some scholarships are available for artists from less economically developed countries and those artists chosen by art patrons, artists are encouraged to raise their own funds. We provide accepted artists with the necessary documentation to support applications for funding in their own countries. LAiR Arts is pleased to subsidize the cost of residency for selected early-mid career artists from the less economically developed countries (outside of Western Europe, North America, Australia, Japan, etc.) You will have the opportunity to indicate the need for funding in your application. Please note, if selected as our scholarship artist, you will be expected to donate an artwork in lieu of residency fees. There are no set criteria as to what this work should be - the piece will be agreed upon by both parties on a case-by-case basis.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Application who/how

Open Call

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Office
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

  • Private Room
  • Shared Room

Wheelchair accessible studios and accomodation.

Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibitions
  • Cafe/Restaurant

How to reach

By train

Gare du Nord / Denfert-Rochereau; Gare de Lyon / Glaciere

By plane

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris Orly International Airport

Nearest airport

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris Orly International Airport

Contact information

LAiR Arts
30 rue Cabanis
75014 Paris

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