CALL FOR RESIDENCES / Maison Flottante / Arts & Crafts

24.01.18 → 24.02.18

Maison Flottante in Poses - Normandy
may + september 2024

cneai = Centre d’art composé, navigué, engagé, abrité, imaginé is dedicated to the production and dissemination of contemporary art. Housed at the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris, the cneai = also has a floating studio-dwelling, the Maison Flottante, moored on the banks of the Seine in Poses. The cneai = is reinventing itself as an archipelago, a network of places, like so many permanent or temporary counters, like shared or pirate zones, places of experimentation or distance. In Normandy, the Maison Flottante calls for mobility and residency in and out of urban centers, with a decentralized movement and adventurous dynamic. The cneai = also develops international programming by piloting off-site projects and supporting artists and artistic enterprises.

Springboard residency


La Maison Flottante, a flat-bottomed boat designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec with the naval architects Denis Daversin et Jean-Marie Finot, is an espace dedicated to artistic exploration and creation located in an exceptional natural environment, at the heart of a territory focused on arts and crafts. It offers an ideal setting for reflection and production. The present call for applications is open to artists and/or craftspeople of all disciplines with a strong link to the visual arts, whose practice calls on technical know-how and/or materials related to fine crafts. During the residency, the artist and/or craftsperson will have the opportunity to work with fine crafts experts and share their know-how. Before and after the residency, the cneai team = offers tailor-made support: theoretical and critical input, professionalization, networking, etc.


Residency objectives

  • Encourage exchanges and collaborations between artists and craftspeople.
  • Discover and benefit from new techniques and approaches related to fine crafts, depending on the resident’s intentions.
  • Highlight the value of fine crafts and their integration into the artistic creation process.
  • Provide a period of free research.
  • Valorize research, experimentation and eventual production through a public event defined collectively beforehand.

Modalities of the residency

  • Duration: one month / May or September 2024
  • Residency grant: €2,000
  • Production grant: €1,000
  • Remuneration for public time: €150
  • Transport (within the limit of): €100
  • The Maison Flottante, consisting of a workspace and accommodation, is made available to the artist.

NB : As the Maison Flottante is far from basic stores, the artist will need to be self-sufficient for his or her daily commute. The Paris-based art center team is not on site.


La Maison Flottante :
52 Chemin de Halage, 27740 Poses

Application procedure

This springboard residency is open to emerging artists and/or craftspeople who can demonstrate a practice related to fine crafts and the field of contemporary art. Group and family applications are welcome. Applicants must be available to reside for the duration of the residency.

The application must include:

  • An artistic portfolio representative of your current practice and/or a link to a website.
  • A note of intent on current thinking and/or forms developed and/or needs.
  • A choice of month: May or September 2024.

Apply by e-mail to the following address:
The application file must be sent to the attention of the jury in PDF format and must not exceed 10 MB.

Selection criteria

- Demonstrated interest in local crafts and resources (in particular, artisans present at Ateliers Saint-Cyr - Le Vaudreuil).

  • A singular practice rooted in contemporary issues.
  • A need for support.
  • A match between the art center’s resources and the candidate’s specific needs.


Application deadline: February 18, 2024
Announcement of results: early March 2024
Residency period: May or September 2024