Call for applicants: 6th research & design residency at "La Colombière"

Published on 12 February 2020 - Updated 04 January 2021
Cet article date d'il y a plus d'1 an

For the sixth year in a row, the Institut de France, Mission Val de Loire and municipality of Gennes-Val-de-Loire (Maine-et-Loire) are teaming up to offer a research or design residency on the theme of the Loire Valley cultural landscape and its portrayals. Lasting six weeks over the summer of 2020, the output of this programme will be presented during the European Heritage Days on 19 & 20 September 2020.

The call for applicants for the design residency is intended for Master’s level students currently finishing their course or recent graduates as well as more experienced professionals from art, landscape and architecture schools in the Loire region, or further afield, within France. All forms of artistic discipline and expression may be considered.   

For the research residency, applicants are expected to be doctoral or post-doctoral students on research contracts and working in the Loire Valley.  

The programme will take place at "La Colombière", which was bequeathed to the Institut de France, its current owner. It used to be the house and studio of sculptor  Gustave Pimienta,  over a thirty-year period until 1982.   

It is located on the Loire riverbanks in the new municipality of Gennes-Val-de-Loire, within the boundaries of the Loire Valley World Heritage inscribed site. The idea is thus to combine the residency’s theme with the reason for the Loire Valley’s inclusion on the World Heritage List, i.e. as a cultural landscape.   


  • Deadline for receiving entries: 30 March 2020.
  • The winning applicants will be announced by 28 April 2020.
  • Provisional residency dates: 6 July to 16 August 2020 or 17 August to 21 September 2020.


Call for applicants 2020 – "La Colombière" design residency (PDF, 699.22 KB)  

Call for applicants 2020 - "La Colombière" research residency (PDF, 697.97 KB)  


© ABFPM / Olivier Sampson


[Fr] Le petit illustré du patrimoine mondial

Alors que démarre la 44e session du Comité du patrimoine mondial, l’ABFPM dévoile un nouvel outil de médiation destiné à tous : le Petit illustré...


[Fr] Festival de Loire 2021

La 10e édition du festival de Loire se tiendra du 22 au 26 septembre à Orléans. Ce grand rassemblement de marine fluviale célèbre tous les 2 ans la...


[Fr] Les assemblées de Loire

Poursuivant le travail initié avec le parlement de Loire, "Les assemblées de Loire" est un événement public porté par le POLAU-pôle arts & urbanisme...