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Our Approach to Residencies

Our review of the international literature and evidence on the transformative power of art demonstrated that, despite the repeated use of residencies by arts organisations, the cultural sector lacks an understanding of the specific ways in which residencies are transformative.

For example, in the Policy Handbook on Artists’ Residencies (2014), whose goal was to provide an analysis of the value of artists’ residencies and to identify examples of good practice, the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) group of European Union Member State experts on Artists’ Residencies put together a set of recommendations. Among them, they acknowledged that there is a need for better evaluation of artists’ residencies and better collection of standardised data and statistics.

Additionally, the working group identified a set of recommendations for cultural organisations and participant artists, such as:

• ensure good evaluation takes place, documentation is produced and feedback is provided to inform future practice;
• develop new and sustainable networks in order to create greater impacts and legacies.

TCAF aims to contribute to fulfilling these gaps with both its R&D work and its own residencies in France.

R&D on art residencies

TCAF has been commissioned by the Goethe-Institut UK to develop an extensive, multi-method evaluation of its Goethe at LUX arts residencies (2017). The main goals of the evaluation were, first, to identify the intrinsic value of the residency for its selected artists; second, to identify the value of the residency for the broader context of the residency and the Goethe-Institut’s institutional strategy.

In doing so, we also tested the relevance of the methodology that was previously applied in the evaluation of another Goethe-Institut residency (Villa Kamogawa), as discussed in its Culture Works brochure (2016).

TCAF’s residencies in Lagamas, France

Lagamas is a small village in the south of France with a population of around 150 inhabitants. Providing artists with both a quiet space and opportunities for conversation with visiting guests and exchanges with the local community, TCAF’s residency offers a stimulating and nurturing environment in which artistic practice can be both developed and challenged.

Previous Residencies

2017: The Strings that Connect – Gideon Mendel and Jonathan Pierredon (see video above)

2014: Identities – Maryam Palizgir (You are What You Think, Happy City), Beatrice Schulz (Decoration), Susie Hamilton (The Metamorphic Figure)

2013: Constructed with IntentionJoana da Conceição, Kate Davis & David MooreSean DowerEric Fischer, Graham Henderson, Jeremy HuntPeter Lowe, and Romain Tallet, including participatory workshops. Read also Residence & Community



To discuss a potential collaboration, email Marianne Magnin, our chair of the board or Mafalda Dâmaso, our R&D Manager.

Header image © Gideon Mendel and Jonathan Pierredon