Utlysning av Artist in Residence program mellom Hordaland og Normandie for 2016

Basert på samarbeidet mellom Normandie og Hordaland Fylkeskommune ønsker école supérieure d’arts & médias de Caen/Cherbourg (l’esam Caen/Cherbourgh (Frankrike) en billedkunstner velkommen til å søke om et tre måneders opphold fra 26. september til 16. desember 2016.

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Målet med kunstneroppholdet er å veksle hvert år mellom å sende en ung fransk billedkunstner til Norge, og en ung norsk billedkunstner til Frankrike. For 2016 gjelder utlysningen en billedkunstner fra Hordaland. Kunstneren må ha blitt uteksaminert fra KHiBs masterstudium innen de siste tre årene, og bo/arbeide i Hordaland. Vinnerkandidaten vil motta kr. 30.000 i støtte fra Hordaland Fylkeskommune.

Søknadsfrist er 1. juni 2016.

Mer informasjon om kunstneroppholdet (engelsk)

Support from region Normandie
The artist will receive support that will allow him/her to become immersed in the regional artistic community. To do so, Normandie Region will organize:
• A meeting with all of the contemporary art associations in Normandie (a programme of visits and meetings);
• Access to artistic events taking place during the period in question;
• A trip to Paris to meet with professional artists.
L’ésam Caen/Cherbourg will offer the artist:
• A dedicated school representative and a guide to life in Caen and Cherbourg;
• Either free access or reduced tariffs at the modern music hall Le Cargö.

Integration into school life
The artist will have the opportunity to take part in the school's key events during the residency, notably:
• the start of the school year and the opening of the graduate art show in the beginning of October;
• the weekly conferences in the auditorium;
• the events organized as part of the Les Boréales festival, which takes place in the last half of November.

The artist's production at the school
The project of the artist in residence must resonate with the training activities and research efforts of the school. In this way the artist must find a connection to the intellectual issues of the training offer (see appendix 1) and of the research unit (see appendix 2). While still preserving his/her conceptual integrity and operational autonomy, the artist in residence's approach at l’ésam Caen/Cherbourg must contribute to building his/her own relationship with the welcoming institution, an establishment of higher learning that calls upon pedagogical and scientific competencies applicable to all aspects of artistic creation on a daily basis.

The means of production
L’ésam Caen/Cherbourg will provide the artist in residence with the best working conditions possible: a private workshop for artistic research, an individual office in a shared area for desk work, permanent (assisted) access to the technical workshops on both campuses, permanent access to the libraries, and occasional assistance for both transportation between the two campuses and the production of the most complex and imposing works. Apart from current supplies, the materials needed for production will be purchased by the artist within the limits of the budget allotted by the region.

If the residency results in concrete project like exhibitions/performances etc., it is possible to apply for extra project founding.

The applications
Applications must be submitted in a bilingual* format, including:
• CV
• Art portfolio with at least 10 works
• Letter of motivation that describes the artist's ambitions for an artistic research project intended to be carried out at the ésam Caen/Cherbourg
• A personal details form and a professional registration number

*possible languages: French - English - Norwegian

Applications must be sent to:
Hordaland fylkeskommune
Kultur- og idrettsavdelinga
v. Charlotte Espeland
Postboks 7900
5020 Bergen

And/ or by e-mail: charlotte.espeland@hfk.no

The selection process
The primary focus will be the artist's project and goals. Selection will be based upon the following criteria:
• professional quality and artistic commitment;
• pertinence of the artistic research project with respect to the stipulations of the residency;
• uniqueness of the project in relation to the host territories.

The projects are assessed by a jury composed of representatives from KHIB, Hordaland County Council, Normandie Region and ésam Caen/Cherbourg. Extra members can be appointed by these partners.

The selection results will be posted in July. All candidates will be notified.

The area and the school

The Normandie region
Endowed with some of the most fertile land in France, open to the world thanks to its 640 km coastline, and ideally situated between Paris and the United Kingdom, Normandie consists of five departments: Calvados, Manche, Orne, Seine-Maritime and Eure. Mont Saint-Michel (Saint Michael's Mount) and Honfleur, with its beautiful half-timbered houses, are two of its prettiest assets. But the region, which overflows with gastronomic delicacies, also benefits from a varied natural heritage that lends itself to equestrian activities, water sports, and hiking. Normandie is also rich in historical heritage : Vikings, landing beaches, William the Conqueror etc.
Human-sized region, Normandy offers a very considerable quality of life. Its territory is organized around three big urban poles - Caen, Le Havre and Rouen - and of an important network of urban areas- Alençon, Cherbourg, Dieppe, Évreux, Louviers.

Normandie climate
The climate in Normandie is influenced by oceanic, continental, sub-mountainous, and sub-Mediterranean factors. Due to its proximity to the ocean there is an abundant supply of rain, spread out throughout the year in relatively light showers. Disturbances coming from the west trigger precipitation centred on the hilly areas, but it rains less on the plains. Temperatures and winds are influenced by the tides. The coastal regions, where freezing periods do not last long, are usually spared from harsh winters. Further inland temperatures can reach freezing in autumn, winters are cold and the summers are more intense, with daily high temperatures exceeding 25 degrees over 30 days per year. From spring to autumn the climate is relatively mild.

The city of Caen
Caen is the capital of the Normandie region. Two hours northwest of Paris and linked to the south of England by the Caen-(Ouistreham)-Portsmouth ferry line, Caen is situated at the centre of the northern part of the region, where it holds of political, economic, and cultural influence. As the city of William the Conqueror, it inherited an exceptional heritage, which it preserved over the centuries, up until the Second World War, when it played a key role in the battle of Normandy. The city kept the memory of these times alive by building the Mémorial pour la Paix (peace memorial). Situated just a few kilometres from the coast, the Landing beaches, the famous seaside resorts of Deauville and Cabourg, of Norman Switzerland and the Pays d'Auge (often considered to be the Norman archetype), Caen offers all the services you may need. Caen has a city population of 108,793 inhabitants and is the centre of an urban area with 399,471 inhabitants. Caen is a highly dynamic city in the cultural sphere, with a musical theatre, a national drama centre, a national choreography centre, a fine arts museum, a contemporary music hall, and a large network of intermediaries. The vast majority of artists are located in Caen. Events are scheduled to take place frequently all year round. In November, the main cultural event is the Les Boréales festival, a multidisciplinary celebration of Nordic cultures.

The city of Cherbourg-Octeville
Cherbourg-Octeville has been a point of contention between the French and the English for centuries due to its strategic location, situated at the northernmost point of the Cotentin Peninsula, protected by the biggest artificial harbour in the world, between the Hague and the Val de Saire. Called one of the two "keys of the kingdom" by Vauban, it became, thanks to a colossal maritime development project, a top-notch naval base, under the leadership of Louis XVI and Napoleon. A port of call for the prestigious transatlantic liners (including the Titanic) during the first half of the 20th century, Cherbourg was the primary objective of the American troops at the time of the Normandy Landings in 1944. A naval base, fishery, and marina for both amateur boaters and cross-Channel passengers, too handicapped by its geographical isolation to be a large commercial port, it is an important centre for naval construction, a labour city in the rural backcountry. The Cherbourg-Octeville territory is home to la Brèche (the national centre for circus arts), le Point du jour (an art centre and publisher dedicated to photography) and le Trident (a national multidisciplinary theatre).

L’école supérieure d’arts & médias de Caen/Cherbourg
L’école supérieure d’arts & médias de Caen/Cherbourg is a public establishment for cultural cooperation under the joint authority of the agglomeration community of Caen la Mer, the city of Cherbourg-Octeville, the French Republic, and the Normandie region. It was formed in 2011 when the école supérieure d’arts & médias de Caen and the école supérieure des Beaux-arts de Cherbourg-Octeville were merged.
A public establishment for higher learning, ésam Caen/Cherbourg has 300 students at its two campuses, studying art, communication, and graphic design. Moreover, at the beginning of the 2012/2013 school year the school began offering a public preparatory course at its Cherbourg campus to help students prepare for art school competitive entrance examinations.
Beyond its higher learning course offerings, ésam Caen/Cherbourg offers workshops and introductory art courses for children and adults alike, and hosts cultural events (conferences, exhibitions, shows, etc.) open to the public.

The objectives of this AiR exchange are:
• to support contemporary art production by encouraging the European mobility of artists who have recently graduated;
• to provide a means for long-term elevation of the standing of artists from Normandie and Hordaland internationally;
• to position Normandie and Hordaland as drivers of an innovative dynamic at the level of European cultural politics;
• to heighten the appeal of lasting partnerships between art schools, cultural structures, and other economic stakeholders.

Follow-up and provision of information
- Hordaland fylkeskommune: 
Charlotte Espeland: charlotte.espeland@hfk.no

- Kunst- og designhøgskolen i Bergen:
Johan Sandborg: Johan.Sandborg@khib.no

- Normandie Regional Council:
Yann Lapoire : yann.lapoire@normandie.fr

- ésam Caen/Cherbourg: 
Julie Laisney: j.laisney@esam-c2.fr