Artist grants offered by The Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP) in France

About the artist grant:
The Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP) supports artists worldwide through grants. The applications are open for artists worldwide. Application periods varies according to the call. There different intake period for the artist grant.


varies according to the edition

Application requirements:

Open to worldwide applicants.

Application documents:

Artists should submit a project explaining the outcome of their project, how the money will be spent. Also a detailed cv with a cover letter are necessary to increase your chances to be selected.

Entry Fees: None
Awards:– Support for artistic projects, awarded to artists.- Exceptional support for artists and artist-authors, awarded to artists, curators, art critics, theorists, etc. experiencing financial difficulties.- Support for contemporary documentary photography, awarded to documentary photographers.- Support for research in the restoration and conservation of contemporary works of art, awarded to art restorers.- Support for research in art theory and criticism, awarded to art writers, theorists and critics.- Support for publishing: Assistance awarded publishers for printed or digital projects in contemporary art. The proposed publication must be in French.- Support for participating in a book fair, awarded to publishers.- Support for participating in an exhibition, awarded to contemporary art galleries.- Support for publication, awarded to contemporary art galleries. – Repayable advances for the production of an original work, awarded to contemporary art galleries.- Support for the international promotion of the French art scene, awarded to contemporary art galleries, for the participation in a foreign fair or show, or for the implementation of a partnership with a foreign gallery, notably for an exhibition.- Exceptional assistance via support targeting fixed costs, awarded to contemporary art galleries.- ‘Image/Movement’ grant to support development and post-production, awarded to production companies. This grant is reserved for French-based productions: the artist must be of French nationality or a French resident, and/or the production house must be established in France

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Learn more about the organisationNational centre for plastic arts.

The Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP) is a public institution under the French Ministry of Culture. It fosters and supports artistic creation in France in all areas of the visual arts: painting, performance art, sculpture, photography, installation art, video, multimedia, graphic arts, design and graphic design. It follows young artists closely, provides expertise and support to the emergence of new forms, and assists artists and contemporary art professionals.The Centre national des arts plastiques is a public collector. On behalf of the French State, it expands and manages France’s national contemporary art collection, the Fonds national d’art contemporain. This collection of unique scale currently holds over 105,000 works and is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current art scene. The management and conservation of these works, acquired over the last two centuries, mobilises specialised skills and numerous areas of expertise.Another of CNAP’s roles is to bring the acquired works to the broadest audience possible through short-term loans, long-term loans to museums and government buildings, and the co-production of events in France and internationally. Each year, the Centre national des arts plastiques lends some 2,500 works from its collection.As a cultural partner for museums, schools, art centres and private organisations such as foundations, CNAP purpose-develops “plug and play” exhibitions, from planning through to production, installation and facilitation. Through all these activities, the Centre national des arts plastiques promotes and makes known contemporary artistic creation, as well as opening new horizons. Special programmes assist all audiences in their encounters with the works.CNAP is currently engaged in a project never previously undertaken: a complete survey of its collection. In an unprecedented operation, over a period of three years no fewer than 37,000 works in deep storage at the La Défense site, west of Paris, will be examined ahead of relocation in 2024 to Pantin, in the greater Paris area. While this will inevitably impact the availability of certain works, the collection will continue to circulate throughout these three years.CNAP supports artists who are engaged in experimental projects. It also provides financial support to contemporary art professionals (galleries, publishers, art restorers and critics). It has its finger on the pulse of the latest in artistic creation and gives prominence to the projects it supports at national level.During the Covid-19 health crisis, CNAP continues to support artists and visual arts professionals. This includes a range of measures introduced as of 2020 as part of the government relief package: an emergency fund and an extraordinary meeting of the acquisitions commission were deployed to offset loss of revenue. CNAP-managed public commissions are maintained, including for temporary and reactivatable works for public spaces, the “Image 3.0” national photographic commission, a national commission for prints as part of the Year of the Comic Book, and a commission for performance pieces by women artists.CNAP’s editorial policy stems from its efforts to take contemporary art to a wide audience. Each project is undertaken in conjunction with a public partner or a private publisher. CNAP encourages external contributions so as to offer a variety of perspectives on the works, the artists and the projects.This new site is designed to provide services that best meet your needs. It gives direct access to the online collection of more than 89,000 works, and explains conditions for short-term and long-term loans. An annotated online directory at lists over 2,000 contemporary art venues, grants, awards, scholarships and artist residencies.

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