Camargo Core Program
50 Years of the Core Program (1971-2021)
Next year Camargo celebrates its 50th anniversary. During the past five decades, the Foundation has welcomed nearly 1,000 accomplished artists, scholars, and thinkers from all over the world, offering time, space, and a vibrant community to inspire collaboration and exchange.
Founded by American artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill, Camargo is located at his former estate in Cassis, France, on a 2-acre site overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Like other legendary artists who moved to Provence and the nearby French Riviera in the early 20th century, Hill was drawn to Southern France for the inspirational landscape and the light. From the 1930s until his death in 1972, Hill created a haven for avant-garde artists, writers, composers, filmmakers, historians, and more; early guests included Jonas Mekas, Olivier Messiaen, and the Living Theatre.
The Core Program, which was initiated in 1971, awards 18 international fellowships in the Arts and Humanities, supporting research and experimentation that challenge the borders of academic and artistic inquiry while promoting cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural exchange. With the flagship Core Program at its center, in recent years Camargo has embarked on various collaborations with local and international organizations to forge a wide variety of new programs that further enhance the Foundation’s mission.
The inevitable transformations of the past fifty years acquire a new and galvanizing meaning during the challenges of today. More than ever, uninterrupted time and a contemplative, safe environment for innovative research, collaborative investigation, and creative experimentation are essential. This program hopes to stimulate reflections on the past and the present of our societies that will contribute to the process of rethinking the world of tomorrow.
The Camargo Foundation prizes diversity and welcomes applicants from all countries and nationalities, representing a broad range of creative thought and practice. Three main categories are available, and several subcategories for artists’ applications.
Scholars should be connected to the Arts and Humanities working on French and Francophone cultures, or cross-cultural studies that engage the cultures and influences of the Mediterranean region. To be eligible for a fellowship in the “Scholars” category, applicants are expected either to hold a PhD and a record of post-doctoral scholarship, or, to be PhD candidates completing the final stages of research for, or writing of, their dissertation.
Thinkers include accomplished professionals and practitioners in cultural and creative fields (such as curators, journalists, critics, urban planners, independent scholars, etc.) who are professionally engaged in critical thought. We are interested in work attuned to the theoretical arena, the arts, and society.
Artists (all disciplines) +
Artists in all disciplines should be the primary creators of a new work/project and should have a track record of publications, performances, exhibitions, credits, awards, and/or grants. We are interested in artists who have a fully developed, mature artistic voice. Applicants may include artists who are engaged in critical thought and research-oriented projects. When applying, artists will have to choose among the following subcategories: Visual Artists / Choreographers, Theater Directors, and Performance Artists / Writers and Playwrights / Film, Video and Digital Artists / Composers and Sound Artists / Multidisciplinary Artists.
Collaborative Projects +
Teams of up to three individuals are welcome to apply, including but not limited to interdisciplinary collaborative projects. One stipend and one travel grant are awarded to each member of the team, and one multi-bedroom apartment is assigned to the entire team. Collaborative teams must provide application materials for all members of the team, including CVs and work samples. A maximum of 2 collaborative projects per application cycle can be selected.
Translation Projects +
Professional translators are eligible to apply. Academic translators who meet the eligibility requirements for Scholars can apply under the Scholar category. Literary translators with a theoretical or research-oriented project are encouraged to apply under the Thinker category. Translators who frame their practice as creative writing can apply under the Writer category. Applicants are welcome to choose the category they prefer according to their specific project and profile.
Former Fellows +
When equally ranked, first-time applicants are normally given preference over previous Camargo Fellows. Former Fellows may not apply until three years after their previous fellowship.
Purpose of the Residency
- Research, Experiment & Create: Applicants must submit a proposal of work they would like to accomplish during their residencies. Proposals may include specific projects to develop or complete (e.g. a book, film, composition, artwork, etc.) or research into a particular topic or issue, in advance of writing or creating a work of art. Research projects should be pertinent to the Fellow’s field. The Camargo Core Program welcomes both open-ended exploration, or more focused works.
- Exchange & Network: During the residency, discussions are held regularly so that Fellows have the opportunity to present their work to the group. These project discussions serve as an opportunity for interdisciplinary exchange. All Fellows are required to be present at these discussions. The Camargo Foundation’s staff will provide formal and informal links with the region, meetings with professionals whose areas of expertise are relevant to the Fellows’ work, and opportunities to attend events and to invite outside professionals to project discussions. On a voluntary basis, Fellows have the opportunity to present their work as part of the programming of cultural and educational organizations in the region. As part of Camargo’s interest in engaging the local community, we encourage Fellows to also consider possible programs with students (for example, a classroom visit or workshop). Such events would be conceived and organized in close collaboration with the Foundation staff.
Residency Periods +
The Camargo Core Program consists of fellowship residencies that span 6 to 11 weeks. The dates for 2021/2022 are:
- Fall 2021: 8 weeks from September 8 to November 3
- Spring 2022: 6 weeks from February 15 to March 29, 8 weeks from February 15 to April 12, or 11 weeks from February 15 to May 3
A stipend of 250 USD per week is provided, as is funding for basic transportation to and from Cassis for the Fellow for the residency. In the case of air travel, basic coach class booked in advance is covered.
Accompanying Family Members +
Spouses/adult partners and dependent minor children are welcome to accompany fellows for short stays or for the duration of the residency. Accompanying children must be at least six years old upon arrival and enrolled in and attending school or organized activities outside the Camargo Foundation campus during the week. The Camargo Foundation staff will advise on enrollment in the local public schools. Only family members whose names appear on the application form may be in residence. Animals other than officially registered service animals are not allowed. Fellows are responsible for securing all necessary documents and meeting all standards if bringing a service dog from outside of the country.
NEW! Additional Funding for Parent Artists +
A special grant for parent artists (in all disciplines) is available, thanks to support provided by the Sustainable Arts Foundation, whose mission is to support artists with children. This supplementary support ranges from USD 500 to USD 1,000 depending on need, length of stay, and family circumstance. Parent artists with minor children who are above six years old upon arrival can use the grant to cover: transportation/airfare expenses to bring children to Camargo for the duration of the residence or for a significant visit (e.g. during school holidays); French language instruction for children who will be accompanying the resident; participation of children in local after-school or weekend activities; the cost of living (food, entertainment, babysitting…). Parent artists with children below six years old upon arrival can use the grant to cover childcare costs at home. Applicants who are interested in this additional support are required to check the appropriate box in the section about accompanying family members of the application form and provide a short rationale for their request.
Click here to read the guidelines of the Camargo Core Program 2021-2022.
The call for applications for residencies in fall 2021 and spring 2022 is now closed. Applicants will be contacted in April 2021 with the outcome of the selection process.
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An informational webinar was offered for interested applicants in September 2020. Please click here to watch the replay.
An interview of the director Julie Chénot on the main characteristics of the Core Program and its criteria for eligibility.
Please click here to listen to the podcast.