The Fondation des artistes, as part of its mission to promote the French visual art scene internationally, is joining forces with the Frac Bretagne and the Moly-Sabata residency to finance two two-month creative residencies at the Instituto Sacatar in Brazil. These residencies are intended for artists who have stayed in the Moly-Sabata residence in France and for artists living and working in the Brittany region.




The Sacatar – Foundation of artists residency grant


The Sacatar residency program is located on a beach at the northern tip of Itaparica Island in the Bay of All Saints, Salvador de Bahia. The estate includes a large house built in the early 20th century, where the residents are housed. Taylor Van Horne and Mitch Loch, the directors of the program, have built over the years about ten studios and workshops in the park. The residence is multidisciplinary and welcomes visual artists, dancers and writers. To reside at Sacatar is to experience the exceptional landscape, to go and meet other cultures, to approach the Afro-Brazilian religion of Candomblé which irrigates the whole local culture. Created 20 years ago, the residence has welcomed more than 450 artists of some 70 different nationalities.



The Fondation des Artistes’ commitment to international support began in 2019 with a first partnership with the MoCo in Montpellier, for a residency program at the Fonderie Darling in Montreal. It had allowed Claude Closky, Marion Lisch, Fabienne Audéoud and Lancelot Michel to stay in this Canadian production residency. This new partnership with the Sacatar Institute brings together, around the Fondation des Artistes, the oldest French artistic residency program, Moly-Sabata, located in Sablons south of Lyon and founded in 1927 by the art patrons Albert Gleizes & Juliette Roche and the Frac Bretagne, which initiated in 2020 the Frac Bretagne – Art Norac Award for the international development of the career of artists from Brittany and whose 3rd edition will see the realization of an exhibition of the laureate in Rio de Janeiro.



Based on a selection of artists who have passed through Moly-Sabata or who live and work in Brittany, a jury of professionals chose Aurore-Caroline Marty (1985, lives and works in Dijon) and Guillaume Gouerou (1987, lives and works in Pont l’Abbé and in Georgia).

From November 2023 to January 2024, the two artists will join five other international artists for this immersive experience in the Bay of Salvador de Bahia, with their stay, travel, production costs and remuneration fully covered.

The scheme will be repeated in 2024 and 2025.


Image : Instituto Sacatar, Island of Itaparica. Courtesy Instituto Sacatar