BMW Art & Culture announces the launch of its 10th call for applications for the BMW Residency at the GOBELINS School of Visual Arts.

BMW Art & Culture announces the launch of its 10th call for applications for the BMW Residency at the GOBELINS School of Visual Arts.

Every year since 2011, BMW Art & Culture has given a photographic artist the opportunity to produce a photography project over the course of a three-month residency.
The project is undertaken at the GOBELINS School of Visual Arts, which is now in its fourth year as BMW Residency partner, following a six-year partnership with the Nicéphore Niépce Museum.

The BMW Residency culminates in the production of works under the artistic direction of François Cheval with support from the GOBELINS team.
The BMW Residency will take place between September and December 2020.

A selection of works produced during the residency will be exhibited at two major photography events for which BMW is a partner: the Rencontres d’Arles International Festival and Paris Photo* 2021 editions.
Works produced during the BMW Residency will be presented in a book included in the BMW Art & Culture collection.

Projects submitted by applicants for the BMW Residency must be meaningful with a focus on innovation and experimentation offering a fresh vision of our world in transition using technical, narrative, documentary, and comic techniques as required, and drawing on
GOBELINS resources and François Cheval’s expertise.
Projects must be original and exclusive to the BMW Residency and must not have been presented, even partially, at the time of application.
Moreover, they must not be exhibited prior to the Rencontres d’Arles or Paris Photo 2021 *.
BMW offers the winner of the Residency at GOBELINS an €8,000 grant, access to support from experts, production of two exhibitions at prestigious venues for the Rencontres d’Arles and Paris Photo*, publication of a book, a set of exhibited photographs, the support of artistic director, François Cheval, and support with communications.
The artist is chosen by a selection committee based on his/her application submitted in response to the call for applications. The selection committee includes key figures from the world of photography.

*The events mentioned are not contractual and are subject to change.

The works chosen jointly by the artist and the artistic director of the BMW Residency are divided into three batches:

  • The first batch, which is the set used in the exhibition, is given to the artist.
  • The second batch given to GOBELINS consists of a digital version of a work.

Communications and Public Relations

  • The third batch is submitted to BMW France. It comprises a selection of works chosen jointly by the artist and BMW France. This selection must include all works that are representative of the experimentation and work performed during the Residency (including photographic images/objects used for publicizing the exhibition).

Applications should include:

  • a biography
  • one or more sets of completed works
  • a note of intent on the planned artistic project.

A selection of applicants will be shortlisted. They will be asked to ensure that they are available for half a day for an interview with the jury to present photographic prints and past work.
The interview can be done on site, in GOBELINS or by videoconference.

The call for applications for the BMW Residency will be available to download from the BMW France and GOBELINS websites from January 15th, 2020:

Applications should be completed in English or French on the platform by the deadline
of 23:59 (CET) on March 31, 2020

Please email the following address with any questions regarding applications:


Rules of the 2020 residency

Send your application

Press release

Published on 15 January 2020

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