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In 2021, the Arles-Penang cross-residency is supported by the Fabrique des Résidences 

(The Residency Factory) programme of the French Institute.


The Arles-Penang Cross Residency is an interdisciplinary artistic research residency that aims to strengthen the intercultural dialogue between France and Malaysia. It will benefit two laureates per year:

  • 1 French laureate for a residency in Penang
  • 1 Malaysian laureate for a residency in Arles.

The programme aims to provide an exceptional working environment, in two UNESCO World Heritage cities, for Malaysian and French artists, curators and cultural entrepreneurs to explore and develop their creativity. It is part of a shared vision in France and Penang of an economy based on culture, on artistic creation, on the promotion of cultural diversity and on the debate of ideas.

This multidisciplinary residency will allow artists, cultural entrepreneurs and curators from various backgrounds to reflect for several months on a creative project that will also aim to stimulate the development of creative economy at the local level, taking into account the common features that characterize Arles and Penang: a rich heritage recognized by UNESCO, many festivals and cultural institutions, the desire to open up to digital culture.

The Arles-Penang Cross Residency is a partnership between the State Government of Penang, which will participate in the programme through the Chief Minister of Penang Incorporated (CMI), Galerie Huit Arles and the French Embassy in Malaysia, in conjunction with the Alliance Française de Penang. This program is supported by the Institut français Paris.



Each application must include the following information:

  1. The online application form.

  2. Curriculum Vitae with the complete contact details of the applicant: current address, e-mail, telephone and date of birth.

  3. One or more letters of recommendation (4 maximum) from persons with a thorough knowledge of the candidate’s work (professionals, directors of works, or any other qualified personalities). The authors of the letters must sign by hand.

  4. An artistic dossier presenting his/her creative approach, including representative samples of his/her work whenever possible.

  5. A note of intent presenting a research project for the 3 months of the residency and specifying the motivations of the request, the nature of the research project, the correlation with the place and the duration of the stay, the references of the institutions and personalities contacted locally and the envisaged follow-up of the project (10 pages maximum).

  6. A provisional global budget of the project (not only for the residency part) as well as the expected (and/or already obtained) co-financing.

  7. A scan of the passport.

  8. A statement on honour dated, signed and accompanied by the mention “Good for agreement”, certifying:

“That you have read the general conditions and the rules;

That you are the sole author (name co-authors if any) of the works mentioned in your application;

That you will be free from your professional activities for the duration of your stay.”

Only complete applications that meet the requirements of the rules and respect the closing date will be considered. All attachments will be in PDF format and attached to the online application form.

Any untruthful declaration will automatically lead to the nullity of the application.


The submission of two or more applications is not permitted and will result in the de facto elimination of all applications from the same candidate.

Once the application has been sent, an acknowledgement of receipt is sent to the applicant by email.

Closing date of the call for applications for French artists: 27 March 2022

  • Closing of the call for applications 2022 for French artists: March 27, 2022
  • Invitation of shortlisted candidates for audition: Early April 2022
  • Audition period: April 11 to 15, 2022
  • Final selection committee and announcement of results: End of April 2022


Successful candidates will be notified personally after the selection committee.

The announcement of the selected candidates will be published on the website of the Alliance française de Penang and on the social networks.

The cross-residency is open to artists, cultural entrepreneurs and curators from the following disciplines:

  • Digital creation (digital arts, VR)

  • Visual arts

  • Comics

  • Cinema (Creative documentary / Video art)

  • Art critic and curator

  • Design / Graphics

  • Literature (fiction / essays / children’s literature)

  • Photography

The applicant’s project must propose artistic approaches that aim to develop creative and digital economy projects at the local level. It could be, for example, a project for a local cultural event (in person, online or hybrid), or the creation of a collection of locally made art objects or crafts, a project for the creation of a company in the field of creative economy, a mobile application to make the general public discover local works, an augmented reality application for museums, or a publication highlighting the local artistic heritage, etc.

As this is a research residency, laureates are not expected to produce a work of art and the partners will not cover the costs of production (materials, etc.). If a work is produced during the residency, it will remain the property of the artist, however, he/she will have the option of making a spontaneous donation of his/her work to either party in the interest of the community.

Residence in Penang: 3 months maximum from June 2022, to take advantage of the festival season (George Town Festival in July and George Town Heritage Celebrations in September)

Residence in Arles: 3 months maximum to be fixed between April and October 2022, period during which the main festivals take place (Rencontres d’Arles (photography): mid-July to mid-September, Les Suds (music): July, the Journées Portes Ouvertes du Patrimoine (Heritage Open Days): mid-September, Le Printemps de l’Art Contemporain (Contemporary Art Spring): May/June). Please note that during the month of July, restrictions apply as the first two weeks of July the Gallery and the rooms are reserved for professional meetings.

The candidate may express preferences for the period of his/her residency, however the selection committee reserves the right to adapt this period and its duration to the availability of accommodation and to the 2022 activity calendar.

Under no circumstances can stays be split up or carried over to the following year.

Among the selection criteria, particular attention will be paid to the quality of the applicant’s artistic background and his/her motivation, but also to the need for him/her to carry out such a stay in France or in Malaysia in order to carry out his/her artistic research, as well as to his/her appetence for the local culture and the local contacts already identified/established by the applicant. The link of the artistic project with the local development of creative economy will also be taken into consideration.

Applications from French artists, cultural entrepreneurs and curators with a link to Arles and the Camargue, and Malaysian artists with a link to Penang will be given priority.

The jury reserves the right to reject any application that does not meet the selection criteria, without having to justify its decision. This decision is final.

Professional experience

  • To be involved in a professional process related to the project;
  • To be free from professional activity during the entire period of residence.

Nationality / residence in France and Malaysia

  • Possess French nationality or have resided in France for at least 5 years;
  • Be a Malaysian citizen or have been resident in Malaysia for at least 5 years.


  • Must not have already been a laureate of the Arles-Penang cross-residency;

There is no age limit. French language skills are not a selection criterion for the Malaysian candidate. However, the French candidate must be fluent in English.

CMI will take care of the pre-departure French classes for the Malaysian laureate at the Alliance française de Penang.

Financial conditions

A monthly flat-rate residency allowance of 1000 euros is awarded to the laureates in Arles and Penang.

Transport conditions

A return economy class air ticket from France to Malaysia or from Malaysia to France, as well as transportation from the airport to the place of residency and vice versa will be provided for each laureate. No other transportation costs will be reimbursed.

Accommodation condition

In Arles :

The laureate will be hosted in a 17th century mansion (500-600 m²), located in the heart of the beautiful historic city of Arles, within walking distance of Roman remains, Renaissance palaces, religious buildings and world-renowned museums, the LUMA and Van Gogh foundations, as well as the nearby Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie and contemporary art galleries.

The accommodation will include a private/study room of at least 25m², with a private or shared bathroom (depending on availability). He/she will be able to take advantage of the common areas for meeting and exchange: kitchen, library, living room, reception, courtyard (about 250 m²).

Please note: the laureate will have to comply with the gallery’s internal rules on sustainable development and eco-responsibility.


The laureate will stay at the Hikayat Arts Residence, which is located within a bookstore and publishing house. It consists of a small studio of about 30 square meters with bathroom, nestled in the pleasant surroundings of a typical George Town house.

Condition of artistic accompaniment

In Arles :

Galerie Huit can offer a warm, bilingual welcome, professional advice on photography and the art gallery world, and helpful introductions when needed, but its support does not extend to materials, paid outside labour, or the provision of an artist’s studio. Galerie Huit is also a member of Arles Contemporain, the network of museums and galleries based in Arles, and of ResArtis, the international network of artists’ residencies.


The laureate may have access to an artist’s studio if necessary. He/she will also be able to benefit from CMI’s network and support (excluding materials and paid outside labour).

Conditions of stay

The laureates will be provided with accommodation for a period of 3 months. They will have to sign a contract before their arrival. They will also have commit to subscribing to an international health insurance and to a local mobile phone service in order to remain reachable if necessary. Please note that the accommodation offered to the laureates is exclusively dedicated to artistic research. No one other than the laureate may be housed there. Laureates wishing to host their relatives must provide their own accommodation. Laureates are asked to concentrate solely on their research work during the residency period.

During their stay, the laureates undertake to carry out the artistic project for which they have been selected, in accordance with the information provided by the laureates in their application file (description of the project, notes of intent, letters from the partners involved, etc.). They also undertake to participate in exhibitions, seminars or other cultural activities organised by either party during their stay.

They must submit to the selection committee, within two months of their return, a typed report of at least 10 pages in English or French. This report will cover the progress of their work, their contacts on the spot, the problems encountered, and any other element allowing the partners to appreciate the good progress of the supported artistic project.

Lectures or presentations of the research project of the French laureates before their departure, and of the Malaysian laureates on their return from France, will be organised at the Alliance française de Penang, if possible in dialogue with local artists.

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