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The city of Rouen invites one artist from the CreArt Network to work for a month in Rouen at « La maison pressée » between November 15th and December 18th, 2021.

The location : the third-place « La Maison Pressée »

La” Maison Pressée” is the new spot managed by the collective of artists “Polymorphe”. This association aims at implementing artistic, cultural and citizen projects with and for the inhabitants, in public places, and more particularly in abandoned or unoccupied locations. Since 2015, this collective transforms unused places into spaces for meeting, reflexion and collaborative creation.

Since May 2021, Polymorphe is working on its fourth project: a four-floor-building of 170m2 located in the heart of Rouen at 9 rue des deux anges, called LA MAISON PRESSÉE. This place, about to open in October 2021, will include 4 artists’ studios, an exhibition room, 4, 2 apartment-studio, a shared kitchen, a meeting room, a recycled material center and a 200m2-garden.

For this residency, the CreArt artist will be settled in a combined work-studio and apartment-studio (24m²) located at the 4th floor of the Maison Pressée. He/she will also have access to the every collective spaces and the shared kitchen.

More info : Facebook : @lamaisonpressee

Instagram : @collectifpolymorphe

Who can apply ?

This call is intended to visual artists with a wild range of medium: drawing, engraving, illustration, video, installation, collage, new media, painting, performance, photography, sculpture, design, textile, graphics, micro-editing. For logistical reasons, monumental creation cannot be offered.

A particular attention will be paid to artists who interrogate the environmental impact of artistic production in their work.

More generally, the artist should be close to the values ​​of the association (sensitivity to ecological values, DIY spirit, recycling and Low Tech) and their lifestyle: the place is vegetarian/vegan and cat friendly. Also, one of the team member lives on site.

Finally, the place does not have access for people with reduced mobility (stairs, narrow doors).

Rouen AiR / CreArt programme

_ the artist will be guided and shown around by the members of  La Maison pressée . They will advise the artist in their work, make him/her discover cultural places and organize events to introduce him/her in the local artist’s community and the neighbourhood (brunch, workshops, openings).

_During the AiR will be defined one open day for visitors and one workshop for visitors (children or adults).

_A final public presentation of the works created during the residency will take place from December, 8th to December, 12th. The exhibition, its opening ceremony and dissemination will be assumed by the associaton, in collaboration with the City of Rouen.

_The artists are committed to attend daily and work in the residence. A final report must be produced at the end.

_One of the works produced must remain at La Maison Pressée as collection.

Conditions and stipend

The organization will cover travel expenses [up to 600€] to Rouen. The city of Rouen also covers the material costs (up to 800€), accommodation (at la Maison Pressée), subsistence costs (700€) and will provide 1000€ as artist’s fee.

Are you interested?

The AiR is open to local artists –resident in any of the cities taking part in the CreArt | Network of Cities for Artistic Creation: Aveiro [PT]; Valladolid [ES]; Clermont-Ferrand [FR]; Genoa (artists should be under 35) and Lecce [IT]; Liverpool [UK]; Lublin and Katowice [PL]; Kaunas [LT]; Skopje [MK] and Zagreb [HR].


  • ID or passport (scanned copy);

  • A short version of your resume/CV [one A4]

  • A portfolio [with technical specifications, representative artworks and pictures. Links can be included];

  • The artists must have an european health card or equivalent, as well as a EU Covid19 Vacination Certificate.

The applications must be submitted before October, 10th, 2021. Only applications with complete information will be accepted The city of Rouen will inform of the results until October, 15th. The selected projet will be published in the CreArt website.

The participation in this call implies the acceptance of these bases, and the artists selected should include a reference of in all their future communications that have been selected to participate in the CreArt Artists in Residence program, in Rouen - project co-funded by the European Union – Creative Europe program.



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