Call for Artistic Residencies

Are you an artist or creative? Have the chance of getting a grant for collaborating with an R&D ICT-Project and producing an original artwork based on its technology!

The application platform is now closed. Winners of the 2017 edition of the Artistic Residencies Program VERTIGO STARTS will be announced on July 11th at the Avignon Festival.

Purpose of the VERTIGO STARTS Artistic Residencies

The call builds on the STARTS initiative (Innovation at the nexus of Science, Technology, and the ARTS) which promotes the collaboration of artists with R&D projects in the field of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) as catalysts of innovation processes.

The call is open to artists willing to collaborate with the partners of an R&D ICT-Project in order to develop, in particular through the production of an original artwork based on its technology, a fresh approach to its innovation challenges.

The list of R&D ICT-projects selected by VERTIGO is available online

After having chosen a project in this list, applicants shall elaborate the idea of an original artwork based on its technology. They shall also explain the projected process of its design and production including the expected interactions with the project partners for the investigation of the artistic and technological issues to be explored through experimentation.

Application process  

Choose the R&D ICT-Project you want to collaborate with from a list of available projects;

Present your artistic work including your bio and selected works;

Describe the artwork you propose to produce for the selected R&D ICT-Project and its production workplan;

Should you need additional resources other than those provided by the grant or/and by the R&D ICT-Project, you may apply with a third-party (Producer) committed to support your artistic production.

Selection process

An international and interdisciplinary jury will review the applications received. Up to 10 VERTIGO STARTS Artistic Residencies will be selected and published.


All parties involved in a selected residency will sign a co-production contract

Link to the co-production contract templates:

French legislationPortuguese legislation

Residencies will start from September 2017 and their process will be followed by a VERTIGO partner.

Upon completion, VERTIGO will contribute to the public exposure of the produced artworks and other residencies’ outcomes through its dissemination channels, including the online platform, a yearly public event at Centre Pompidou and the Network of Artistic Correspondents.

Requirements and process

Create an account (or use a pre-existing account) on Ulysses. After creating your profile, create your application for " VERTIGO STARTS Artistic Residency Program Call 2017" via the "Your Application" panel. You can save your application as a draft before the submission deadline. The system will warn of any incomplete material before the final submission. Content in your profile can be used for several applications.

Who can apply?

The call is open to experienced artists of any artistic field and of any nationality. The only constraint is that the applicant is a physical person and will be the author of the artwork produced in the framework of the residency.

In addition to the VERTIGO grant and to the available R&D ICT-Project facilities, it is recommended that the artist applies together with an organisation (Producer) of choice which will bring additional support (technical and hosting infrastructure, funding, staff, etc.) in order to cover all the means necessary for the targeted artistic production.

In this case, the Producer should comply to relevant criteria in terms of human, technical and project management approach adapted to the specificity of artistic projects. It might also facilitate the relationship between the artist and R&D ICT-Project and monitor the progress of co-creation. The contribution of the Producer should clearly appear in the workplan and in the budget.

What does the VERTIGO grant cover and which category to select?

The VERTIGO grant will be paid directly to the Artist as a commission for producing the artwork.  The artwork will remain the property of the Artist, but in exchange the Artist will enable its partners in this process (VERTIGO, the R&D ICT-Project, the Producer) to present and disseminate the produced artwork and its public documentation through their dissemination channels.

The Artist shall choose between two categories of grant:

  • Category 1 concerns grants not exceeding 15.000€. The cumulated duration of the artistic work (possibly split in several periods) shall be between 3 to 6 months. Resulting artworks may be in the form of sketches or prototypes but ready for public exposure in cultural venues and preferably in the form of achieved works.
  • Category 2 concerns grants not exceeding 30.000€.  The cumulated duration of the artistic work (possibly split in several periods) may exceed 6 months. Resulting achieved artworks must be ready for public exposure in cultural venues with their fully functional setup.

The residencies of Category 2 will be reserved to the largest production projects involving recognised artists. Applicants may choose to apply only to Category 2 but with fewer chances of selection. They may also opt to apply to Category 2 while accepting to be downgraded to Category 1 by the jury; in that case, they shall present a budget detailing both possibilities.

For this first 2017 call, a maximum of 10 residencies will be selected, among which a maximum of 3 residencies of Category 2.

The VERTIGO grant is expected to cover all of the expenses of the Artist during the full residencies process, including travel, subsistence, equipment depreciation, purchases, etc. In case the amount is not sufficient, complementary funding by the Producer will be necessary; all the planned expenses and their funding shall be justified in the submitted budget and the Producer shall commit to its contribution in the co-production contract.