Funding, Artists, Partnerships

NI visual artists invited to apply for artist residency in Frac Grand Large/ Hauts-de-France Dunkirk, as part of Magnetic 3

21st May, 2024

Magnetic is a network of 10 residencies in France and the United Kingdom launched in 2022 under the umbrella of Fluxus Art Projects. Now in its third iteration, Magnetic is expanding its network to two more residencies in Paris and London, following previous iterations with ten international partners and a total of 17 supported artists in two years.

The Dunkirk-based residency is open to visual artists from Northern Ireland as part of Magnetic 3, the third edition of the Franco-UK initiative for a bilateral programme of 10 residencies in France and the United Kingdom that was launched in 2022 under the umbrella of Fluxus Art Projects.

On the 120th anniversary of the Entente Cordiale, Magnetic 3 will partner with ten leading institutions in France and the UK. To reinforce relations between the institutions across the Channel, each residency is based on a tandem partnership between a French region and a UK nation.

The artists based in a French region will apply for a residency in a UK nation, and vice versa. Tandems will associate CAPC in Bordeaux/Nouvelle Aquitaine with Wysing Arts Centre in Cambridge/England, Frac Bretagne in Rennes/Brittany with Aberystwyth Arts Centre/Wales, Frac Grand Large in Dunkirk/Hauts-de-France with Flax Art Studios in Belfast/Northern Ireland, Villa Arson in Nice/Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur with Cove Park/Scotland and Bétonsalon – Centre for Art and Research in Paris/Île-de-France with Gasworks in London/England.

Suzanne Lyle, Head of Visual Arts, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, added, 

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is delighted to collaborate with the Institut Français du Royaume-Uni, our arts funding colleagues across these islands, British Council, the Institut français and the French Ministry of Culture, in this Franco-UK initiative. This important programme offers a valuable opportunity for visual artists from NI to engage with their counterparts in France with the aim of using the arts to connect, exchange and develop a shared understanding through the creation of new work.”

Magnetic has been designed to foster artistic development through exchange and to enhance sustainable cooperation between the UK and French visual arts scenes in the longer term. The programme is characterised by several strengths with societal and environmental issues at the heart of the programme. The ten selected artists are expected to work in resonance with each specific context – geographical, historical, societal and artistic.

The level of remuneration for artists is another strength of Magnetic. Artists will receive a threshold monthly fee of 2500 € / £2100, as well as curatorial mentoring. Each two-month residency will be tailor-made in discussion with the institutions’ curatorial teams, providing the artist with networking opportunities throughout their stay. Artists will also be provided with accommodation and access to a work space.

Applications are open from 21 May and will close on 15 July 2024. To apply, candidates must submit an artistic proposal outlining the relevance and singularity of their practice and research interests within the context and focus of the host institution and a short text demonstrating their motivation for applying to an international residency at this point in their career and the benefits it will bring. All applications must be submitted via the Fluxus Art Projects website where additional information regarding the programme and the ten institutions can be found.

The Magnetic 3 laureate artists will be announced in October 2024 with residencies starting in Autumn 2024.

Magnetic is supported by the Institut français du Royaume-Uni, the Institut français, French Ministry of Culture, French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales/Wales Arts International, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the British Council.

Magnetic is a collaboration conceived by the the Institut français du Royaume-Uni and the four UK arts funding agencies, joined by the British Council, the Institut français and the French Ministry of Culture. Magnetic is produced under the umbrella of Fluxus Arts Projects, a charity founded and run by the Institut and supported by French and UK public partners and private donors. Over the past fourteen years, Fluxus Art Projects has become a marker of notoriety for artists and venues, supporting exhibitions and curatorial research both in France and in the United Kingdom.