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The Camargo Foundation

The Camargo Foundation, located in Cassis, France and founded by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill, is a residential center offering programming in the humanities and the arts. It offers time and space in a contemplative environment to think, create, and connect. The Foundation encourages the visionary work of scholars, artists, and leading thinkers in the arts and humanities.

The Foundation offers residential fellowships to :
• Scholars working in French and Francophone cultures, including cross-cultural studies that engage the cultures and influences of the Mediterranean region;
• Artists, in all disciplines, who are the primary creators of new work; and
• Leading thinkers in the arts and humanities

Availability: Camargo schedules one-month residencies year-round. 

Location: Located in a small town of South of France, facing the Mediterranean sea, the Foundation is the perfect environment to reflect and create. It benefits from the quietness and high quality of the environment and surrounding nature (Cap Canaille, Calanques national park), and at the same time is within 45 minutes’ drive of Marseille, France’s 2nd city, Aix-en-Provence and Arles which are major centers for arts, culture and research. There are two methods of transportation to/from the airport. Public transportation involves a 30 minute shuttle bus ride from the airport to the Marseille Station, a 25 minute train ride from Marseille to Cassis, and then a ride from the station (from Camargo staff). The total trip will take 1.5-2 hours and will cost approximately 15€. By taxi, the trip is approximately an hour and costs 110/120€ during daytime, 140-150€ nighttime.

Average # of artists in-residence at a time: 5 artists and 5 academics

Housing: Fellows are provided with accommodation in private apartments with kitchens on the Foundation’s campus facing the sea and the Port of Cassis.

Studios + other facilities: The apartments are fully furnished and equipped. They are centrally heated and cleaned regularly. Bed linen and towels are provided and laundered by the Foundation. A washer and dryer are available at a reasonable price for personal laundry. Computer and internet connection provided in living or studio area (private), Wireless Internet; Music studio (non-recording), Photography (non-digital).

Accessibility: One apartment is wheelchair accessible. Common spaces are also accessible. The Camargo campus is built on the hillside of Cassis and can be difficult for people with limited mobility. Renting a car is advisable to ensure best access. Campus is located at the entrance of old harbor, a 5-10 minute walk from the center and shops/markets. Cassis is hilly with some sloping streets. Staff members are available to assist with packing artist’s supplies & equipment. Art supplies should be purchased in Marseille. The nearest hospitals are in La Ciotat (less than 20 minutes away), Aubagne (a 20 minute drive) or Marseille, one of the main centers for hospitals in France (30-45 minute drive). Doctors are plentiful in Cassis.

Meals: No meals provided. Each apartment has its own kitchen; a local farmers’ market is nearby. When fellows begin their residency, and during the residency period, there are a two or three group meals hosted by the Program Director.

Presenting opportunities + public engagement: There are no obligations for an artist-in-residence. If the artist wants to connect to regional resources (people, places, organizations), our Program Director will help the artist do that. In the months of September, October, February, March and April, when Camargo’s core fellowship program is operating, there are gatherings approximately every ten days for fellows to discuss their work with each other, and speak about what they are doing while in residence. The 3Arts resident fellow(s) would be invited to participate, but not required to do so. The Program Director also organizes trips, to Marseille for example, which are completely optional, to experience the cultural riches of the area.

Other services: Pickup may be arranged from the Cassis train station if it occurs during working hours Monday through Friday. Ample bus and train availability in this region.

More information: www.camargofoundation.org