Open Access International Residency


In the fall of 2017, Fonderie Darling launched Open Access, its new international residency program, developed in response to the growing demand for artistic mobility, while also offering its spaces and residential services to an ever-increasing number of visual artists and curators. A call for applications is open at all times to artists and curators of all nationalities, to offer tailor-made residencies in an inspiring professional context, housed in a 19th-century industrial complex.  

The Open Access residency program includes access to a living-studio space, common areas, technical workshops, as well as support and promotion to a diverse audience. The duration of the residency can be from one month to six months.  

Who can apply?  

All artists and curators, regardless of nationality and including Canadians, may apply to the Open Access program. Candidates are invited to apply at all times (see guidelines below). In return Fonderie Darling commits to provide an answer within two months of receiving the application. Applications will be reviewed by an artistic committee, according to criteria of artistic quality, and relevance of the residency at the proposed time.

Once an application is accepted, Fonderie Darling commits to welcoming the laureates within two years. Meanwhile the laureates are responsible for securing the funding of their residency through governmental, private or institutional sources. They are also responsible for obtaining any necessary visas. Fonderie Darling will provide a letter of acceptance and any other document required for the submission of a grant and/or visa application.

Budget guidelines:

Mandatory expenses: 

• Rent of living studio-space, including wireless internet connection: $ 1800 CAD / month for a 800p2 (80m2) studio or $ 800 CAD / month for a 300p2 (30m2) studio

• Fee for professional support and promotion: $ 1000 CAD / month

Additional expenses to consider: 

• Access to the production studios (optional) : $100 CAD/month

• Living expenses (suggested: $ 300-500 CAD / week)

• Production grant (suggested: $ 0-1500 CAD)

• Roundtrip plane ticket or other transportation mode

N.B.: the Open Access residency is to be distinguished from the short-term rental of a studio, as it offers its laureates all the benefits of its other international residency programs, particularly in terms of artistic support, networking and promotion. For more information on short-term rentals of a studio please see here.

How to apply?

Applications are accepted at all times. Please send a file to, including: 

A / a letter of intent with: 1- a residency project, 2- the desired duration of the residency, 3- what a residency at Fonderie Darling represents for you, 4- how you plan to finance the residency, 5- your contact details (email, phone number, mail address, website)

B / a curriculum vitae 

C / up to 20 images with their description  


Fonderie Darling will review applications and provide an answer within two months of reception.