Residencies for artists: freedom to create

  • Residency Colin Rennie (2005) © picture P.Louis / MAV, Sars-Poteries

  • Residency Mélinda Sipos (2008) © picture P.Louis / MAV, Sars-Poteries

  • Residency Ana Thiel (2005) © picture P.Louis / MAV, Sars-Poteries

  • Residency Annie Cantin (2007) © picture P.Louis / MAV, Sars-Poteries


The ideal conditions for experimentation

Each year since 1995, the glass studio has opened its doors to two artists-in-residence for a period of two and a half months each. After a selection process based on an application in which each artist presents his or her project in detail (approach, materials, motivation, etc.), the artists are given total freedom to bring their ideas to fruition under ideal conditions, far away from the usual constraints and preoccupations that can sometimes hinder the creative process.

Apart from free use of the equipment, which is of an exceptionally high standard, the contract between the Nord Département and the artist includes remuneration, accommodation and travelling expenses. The artists live in throughout their period of residency and can therefore fully immerse themselves in their work.

Promotional media  

After the residency, the work produced is presented during a three-month exhibition at the museum. It is shown to its best advantage through skilful scenographic techniques, and an extensive public relations campaign is conducted with the media and the public (distribution of flyers, invitations, posters, press conference, etc.). An exhibition catalogue is also published. 

From each residency, the museum keeps one or more works selected with and donated by the artist to enrich its permanent collection.

Supporting art and design

Artists often find that their residency at the glass studio is not only a massively enriching experience but that it even marks a turning point in their artistic careers. 

For the glass museum and workshop, the artist-in-residence programme is a wonderful way of supporting contemporary glass artists, both allowing young artists to emerge on the studio glass scene and offering more established artists the opportunity and the technical resources to further their research.