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Bastide du Roy Residency

Antibes, France

Residency & Event: May

Exhibition: July

In an iconic setting on the French Riviera, La Bastide du Roy in Antibes, Darmo Art presents an exclusive artist residency experience. Nestled in the heart of the Côte d'Azur, this unique program coincides with the Cannes Film Festival, ensuring unparalleled visibility and networking opportunities for emerging artists.

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Inspiring Creative Excellence Through the Ages

The Institution of Reference in Artistic Legacy

History

La Bastide du Roy's rich history spans centuries, beginning with its gift to Henri IV in 1608. Over the years, it changed hands and was later acquired by fashion icon Jeanne Lanvin in 1924. Lanvin, with the help of Versailles gardener JCN de Forestier, transformed the estate with gardens that hosted luminaries like Francis Poulenc and Jean Cocteau.

In 1971, the estate saw a musical interlude when Mick Jagger and Bianca Jagger rented it for the summer, recording the Rolling Stones' "Exile on Main Street." The renowned sculptor César and Parisian antique dealer Jean Gismondi later made La Bastide du Roy their residence. Today, the Bastide du Roy and Darmo Art are building on this legacy to write the next chapter of the property's history.

Situated in the heart of the French Riviera, La Bastide du Roy's meditative and idyllic environment has welcomed some of the most iconic artists of the last centuries. 

 The Bastide du Roy residency opens doors to a multitude of prospects for an artist's professional growth through our events, collaborations, and interactions with our community and partners.

The Program

Residency & Event: Late April - May

Period: 4/5 weeks

Our residency program welcomes emerging artists from all over the world to realise an individual, multiform project aligned with their artistic practice and preferences. The strategic timeframe aligns with the Cannes Film Festival, providing artists with a unique opportunity to thrive in an environment that resonates with creative excellence. 

Artists are invited to reflect on their practice, push their creative process and use the space offered by the location to develop and expand their ecosystem.

A series of curated events organised at the end of the residency leverage the crowd brought to the region by the film festival and Darmo's network of local collectors, patrons and institutions, to showcase the artist's newly produced works, create connections and new opportunities.

Exhibition: July

Period: 2-3 weeks

In July, a solo exhibition of the artist is curated, expanding the reach and exposure of the artist's practice. Timed with the high season on the French Riviera, the residency's artworks will be showcased to the public, with Darmo extending invitations to its extensive network cultivated over the past six years in the region.

Multiple partnerships are built every year to enhance the residency's impact on the artist's career.

Bastide Submission

Eligibility

To be reviewed for acceptance into the residency, artists must:

  • Be 35 years or younger at the time of their submission,

  • Have no exclusive representation in France, or a gallery-signed exclusivity waiver for co-representation by Darmo in France,

  • Due to the location of the residency, a driver's license is strongly recommended.

Criteria

Evaluation of submissions will be guided by the following criteria:

  • The quality and relevance of the project proposal,

  • The desire and competence to experiment and challenge the chosen practice,

  • Enthusiasm to engage in a residency experience, specifying the reasons for selecting Bastide du Roy,

  • Artistic aspirations and personal development.

Benefits

  • Free accommodation during the residency and exhibition,

  • Access to work spaces and the Bastide du Roy's facilities during the residency and exhibitions,

  • Darmo will acquire artworks up to 5,000 € to support the artist's stay.

Accepting submissions

If you wish to be considered for the residency program, kindly send us an email containing your CV and portfolio, as well as your project proposal. Additionally, provide a brief statement outlining your motivation in a couple of sentences.

Bastide sponsor

Support the Bastide du Roy Residency 

- Corporations - 

Associate your brand with a globally recognized program, gaining exposure to a diverse audience of art enthusiasts, professionals, and influencers. Demonstrate your commitment to the arts and cultural development, aligning your company with values that resonate with your stakeholders. Forge valuable connections within the arts community, creating synergies with fellow sponsors, artists, and influencers.
Make a direct impact by providing financial backing to sustain and enhance our artist residency. Explore bespoke sponsorship packages designed to meet your marketing goals, offering unique branding opportunities and exclusive benefits. Showcase your expertise or services by contributing in-kind resources that elevate the overall residency experience.

- Individuals - 

Be part of a community that values and champions the transformative power of art, creating ripples of inspiration and innovation. Your financial support enables us to provide artists with a conducive environment, resources, and opportunities for profound creative exploration. By supporting our residency, you contribute to a global network of artists, fostering cross-cultural exchange and enriching the artistic landscape. 
Enjoy VIP access to residency events, exhibitions, and special programs. Connect with a community of artists, influencers, our community and fellow supporters passionate about the arts.

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