The Communauté d'agglomération de Valenciennes Métropole and its partners are launching a call for applications for three residencies-missions, for two of them under the theme «Our relationship with nature», the last residence being devoted to authors.

What is the principle behind this call for applications?

Motivated by the desire to reduce inequalities in access to art and culture, the Valenciennes Metropole agglomeration community has set itself an ambitious goal of generalizing arts and cultural education for children, adolescents and young adults in its territory, thus contributing to the formation of their artistic and cultural education.

For the 2023-2024 season, 3 mission residences are available:

2 mission residencies around the theme «Our relationship with nature»

In a context where everything is accelerating, or virtuality, and immediacy have an important place, how do we maintain our connection to nature today? What are the different forms of action, whether collective or individual? And finally, what place do we give to his contemplation? This entry is intended to be as wide as possible in order to open up as much as possible the field of possibilities, the crossing of media and domains: performing arts, photography, drawing, writing, graphics… It is not necessarily expected that artists will already be able to use this theme in their work with the clarifications made previously. Based on their artistic approach, the reflections they may have on this subject, the selected artists will also be able to accompany the groups encountered in this questioning by artistic practice and experimentation.

1 residency-mission for professional artists, whose artistic approach focuses on literary writing.

The work of the artist can take different forms: literary works, plastics, sound. Performance… The theme «Our relationship to nature» developed for the two other residences can also be developed here.

It is therefore sought, in view of these three residencies-missions that will be deployed on the territory of the agglomeration community of Valenciennes Métropole, artists who will be inspired by the theme «Our relationship with nature», and artists whose artistic approach focuses on literary writing.

It’s a four-month full residence, 17 and a half weeks, five to six days a week. This residence is deployed between Monday, November 13, 2023 and Wednesday, June 19, 2024 in several phases:

  1. Discovery/Immersion: Monday 13 to Friday 17 November 2023
  2. Meeting/assembly: Monday, January 15 to Saturday, February 3, 2024
  3. Collaboration Implementation: Wednesday, March 11 to Wednesday, June 19, 2024

How to participate in the call for applications?

Step 1:
Download the call for projects


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Step 2:
Send your complete application to:
(Subject of the email: Call for applications Writing or Call for applications «Our relationship to nature»)

In the event that the team wishes to add a DVD or a CD to this mailing in order to present additional works or audiovisual documents, it shall specify this in its e-mail and address these documents, by post to the following address:

Valenciennes Métropole
Culture Department - Attention: Julie Le Guillanton
2 place General Hospital CS 60227
59,305 Valenciennes Cedex

Application deadline: May 8, 2023 last deadline

Announcement of results: end of June 2023 at the latest

The context

These residencies-missions take place within the framework of the Local Contract of Arts Education (CLÉA) which brings together, on a multi-year basis, the various public authorities that carry this device.  CLEA is aimed at children, teenagers and young adults, in training, students. e or practising their leisure activities in the territory of the Community. In addition, this CLEA is available “throughout life” and is also intended for the entire population of the territory.

All partners:

  • Greater Valenciennes Metropolitan Area
  • Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles Hauts-de-France
  • Rector of the Academy of Lille
  • Departmental Directorate of National Education Services