Artist in Residence

"Providing the individual artist with time and space for the creative process."

A multi-disciplinary artist residency has been hosted by GalerieHuit since 2008 with the aim to provide a creative and inspirational environment for both established and emerging artists. Founded by writer/curator/heritage conservationist, Julia de Bierre, A.I.R. at GalerieHuit is a non-profit organisation and welcomes artists from all horizons and disciplines including: writers, photographers, journalists, composers, academics, archaeologists, heritage conservationists, actors and poets.

Galerie Huit is situated in the historic, pedestrian-friendly heart of Arles, in the PACA region (Provence Cote d'Azur) between Marseilles, Avignon and Montpellier, and borders the Camargue National park. The town of Arles has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1981. With 2500 years of history, well-preserved Roman monuments including a Roman Amphitheatre and Arena, Renaissance palaces and religious edifices, 3 world-class museums and several international Arts Festivals throughout the year (Arles hosts the famous Rencontresd'Arles International Photography festival, as well as the European Festival of Nude Photography), it is no surprise that in 2009 Arles was voted the third Best Cultural Destination in France. Arles has been the inspiring setting for many artists, particularly the painter Vincent Van Gogh. There is now a dynamic local arts community.

Artists in Residence at Galerie Huit live and work within the thick stone walls of a prestigious, beautifully restored 17th century mansion. Exhibition spaces and convivial living quarters occupy the ground and lower floors. The upper floors comprise occasional seminar rooms, guest rooms and self-contained apartments for artist residencies. AIR at GalerieHuit provides a retreat from the distraction of everyday life and a valuable opportunity for artists to focus solely on their creative work.

Residency conditions:

  • Duration: 2 weeks to 6 months.
  • Number of artists at any one time: 1 - 6.
  • Companions: No pets, partners by special arrangement and a supplementary fee.
  • Expenses paid by artist: Travel, accommodation, artist's supplies, food (and utilities for longer stays).
  • Residency cost (including accommodation): The cost for a residency at GalerieHuit is calculated at 1200 – 1600 euros per month, depending upon the length of stay and the size of the accommodation. Although we cannot provide grants, we are happy to provide advice or documentation for artists wishing to find third-party grant support or other funding for a residency.
  • Application procedure: Complete the application form atr the bottom of the page.
  • Selection procedure: By committee, based on viewing of recent work and the proposal of each artist.
  • The call for candidates is open and on-going. If your application is successful but there is no availability for your desired dates, we are happy to put you on our waiting list.
  • Presentation of artists work: The potential to exhibit or give recitals and readings is considered on a case by case basis, with limited availability.


Internet connection
Private kitchen
Communal room, depending on the season
Computer and printer
Potential to exhibit, case by case basis, limited availability
Dark room in 2013


Private apartments within the Galerie Huit mansion.
Minimum size 38m2.
Double bed.
Sitting area with sofa and chairs.
Dining table/desk area.
Wardrobe and storage space.
Own shower room and WC.
Own equipped kitchen.
Attractively and comfortably furnished.
This ancient house, sadly, is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. (No lift.)

Working Language: English or French.

Other activities in the space: Art gallery, exhibitions and exhibition openings, seminars & conferences, workshops, occasional shared meals.

How to reach us:

  • By train: Arles train station is on Avenue Paulin Talabot, about a 15 minute walk to Galerie Huit.Services include direct trains to Avignon/Nimes (20mins), Marseille (40mins), Paris (4hours) etc.
  • By car: Parking/driving can be tricky in the very centre of town due to the old, narrow and mostly one-way streets.
  • By plane: Closest airports are Marseille, Nimes, Montpellier. There is a 40-minute train connection from Marseille Airport to Arles.
    Useful website for airport connections:

An example of Artist accommodation:

Application procedure: Download the application form, complete and send to:



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