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NORA artist-in-residency program for refugees/

NORA artist-in-residency program for refugees

With the support of the French Ministry of culture, the ACCR has been coordinating the NORA artist-in-residence programme for refugees exiled in France. The programme is aiming at artists, researchers and culture professionals from countries in war, who have recently received a refugee status in France. The goal is to develop projects within French Heritage Sites for Culture (Centres culturels de rencontre), with the support of their team, and consequently getting a practical knowledge of French cultural, artistic and intellectual networks and building long-term connections and partnerships.

Initiated in 2016, NORA programme has permitted to host in French Cultural centres for several months more than 50 artists from the countries in open conflict. Taking part in the NORA programme helped them to connect with various professional structures working with poetry and visual arts and gave them time to concentrate on their artistic projects. Some of them managed to publish their first book, others were able to continue to create, make exhibitions, films etc.



The 2023 call for projects is now closed.



The call is aimed at artists, researchers and culture professionals who have recently received a refugee status in France, coming from countries in conflict.


Applications for a residency period in the area of artistic and cultural projects must be in line with the artistic project of the selected French cultural Centre (see list below). Artists, researchers and culture professionals wanting to apply for a residency period within a French Cultural Centre, had to fill-in a form on line before the 31st of March 2023 or to sent directly to the ACCR.

Please, in attaching the requested documents, name them as it follows: type of document_SURNAME_Name , i.e. CV_SMITH_John. Or send, either by post either by email, their projects to the selected Centre, with one copy to the ACCR office.


We encourage applicants to go on the chosen Centre website (click here to consult the list) in order to have more information about the Centre’s cultural project and geographical position.


Applications should include:


  • Curriculum vitae / short biography;
  • Personal project for the residency period in line with the global project of the welcoming Centre;
  • Cover letter;
  • Recommendation letter;
  • Copy of passport or national identity card;
  • Copy of French residence permit or other documents received from the prefecture.


Handwritten versions of Curriculum vitae, cover letter, recommendation letter are accepted, if easily readable.


The NORA refugee artist-in-residence programme allows residents whose projects have been selected by a Heritage Site for Culture (Centre Culturel de Rencontre), member of the French network, to receive 1200€ per month and the refunding of their travel fees (up to a determined level according to the distance to the residency centre). Residents are staying free of charge, within the Centre that has accepted them. Whenever possible, the Centre puts at their disposal material necessary for their residency project. The period of residency can vary from 1 to 6 months. 




  • 31st of March: closing of the call. 
  • By the end of May 2023: Nora Commission deciding on the applications.
  • By the end of June 2023: answers to applications.
  • Artist-in-residency periods from September 2023 to August 2024.


For further information, please contact:, or +33 6 84 74 33 08