Camargo Foundation: Camargo Core Program “50 Years of the Core Program (1971-2021)”
Next year Camargo celebrates its 50th anniversary. During the past five decades, the Foundation has welcomed nearly 1,000 accomplished artists, scholars, and thinkers from all over the world, offering time, space, and a vibrant community to inspire collaboration and exchange.
Founded by American artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill, Camargo is located at his former estate in Cassis, France, on a 2-acre site overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Like other legendary artists who moved to Provence and the nearby French Riviera in the early 20th century, Hill was drawn to Southern France for the inspirational landscape and the light. From the 1930s until his death in 1972, Hill created a haven for avant-garde artists, writers, composers, filmmakers, historians, and more; early guests included Jonas Mekas, Olivier Messiaen, and the Living Theatre.
The Core Program, which was initiated in 1971, awards 18 international fellowships in the Arts and Humanities, supporting research and experimentation that challenge the borders of academic and artistic inquiry while promoting cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural exchange. With the flagship Core Program at its center, in recent years Camargo has embarked on various collaborations with local and international organizations to forge a wide variety of new programs that further enhance the Foundation’s mission.
The inevitable transformations of the past fifty years acquire a new and galvanizing meaning during the challenges of today. More than ever, uninterrupted time and a contemplative, safe environment for innovative research, collaborative investigation, and creative experimentation are essential. This program hopes to stimulate reflections on the past and the present of our societies that will contribute to the process of rethinking the world of tomorrow.
The Camargo Foundation prizes diversity and welcomes applicants from all countries and nationalities, representing a broad range of creative thought and practice. Three main categories are available, and several subcategories for artists’ applications.
- Scholars +
- Thinkers +
- Artists (all disciplines) +
- Collaborative Projects +
- Translation Projects +
- Former Fellows +
Purpose of the Residency
- Research, Experiment & Create: Applicants must submit a proposal of work they would like to accomplish during their residencies. Proposals may include specific projects to develop or complete (e.g. a book, film, composition, artwork, etc.) or research into a particular topic or issue, in advance of writing or creating a work of art. Research projects should be pertinent to the Fellow’s field. The Camargo Core Program welcomes both open-ended exploration, or more focused works.
- Exchange & Network: During the residency, discussions are held regularly so that Fellows have the opportunity to present their work to the group. These project discussions serve as an opportunity for interdisciplinary exchange. All Fellows are required to be present at these discussions. The Camargo Foundation’s staff will provide formal and informal links with the region, meetings with professionals whose areas of expertise are relevant to Fellows’ work, and opportunities to attend events and to invite outside professionals to project discussions. On a voluntary basis, Fellows have the opportunity to present their work as part of the programming of cultural and educational organizations in the region. As part of Camargo’s interest in engaging the local community, we encourage Fellows to also consider possible programs with students (for example, a classroom visit or hands-on workshop). Such events would be conceived and organized in close consultation with the Foundation staff.
Deadline: October 1, 2020
For more information and to apply, visit: https://camargofoundation.org/programs/camargo-core-program/