April 20, 2011

Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon

École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon

Research Program Post-diplôme
Fine Arts Postgraduate Program

École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Lyon, France
Recruitment for session starting September 2011

Deadline for applications: May 15th, 2011 (Date of postage)

For all inquiries, please contact:
Elise Chaney
Coordinator of Postgraduate Program, ENSBA Lyon
T. +33 (0)4 72 00 11 60
[email protected]


In addition to its degree courses, The École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Lyon, France (ENSBA) offers a one-year, internationally oriented postgraduate course, for a small group of student-researchers who have acquired a minimum of a DNSEP or a Master’s degree.

For eleven years The ENSBA, convinced that the singularity of an art school depends, among other things, on its freedom to reinvent itself and fully assume its transmission function, decided to set up a postgraduate diploma course for a selected group of five young artists from different geographical origins who were already engaged in different types of artistic work. During their year-long adventure they have access to the school’s infrastructure and studios. They also have a critical accompaniment, a field of interactivity and opportunities for foreign travel.

This is no longer a school, with its reassuring rhythms; and yet it is still a school, with its exacting standards. It is an articulation of elements that are too often separated: teaching and professionalism, the protected environment of the school and exposure to the world. It is by virtue of the paradoxical nature of this kind of relationship to the institution that The ENSBA’s postgraduate course places the accent on a certain form of destabilisation. And without making any claims to a nomadism that is more difficult than it might seem, the fact remains that travel abroad – in Europe, firstly, but also overseas – is considered a necessary catalyst to the active practice of contemporary art.

The Postgraduate Art Program Lyon, 2011–2012:

– this twelfth session will include five young artists (paintor, sculptor, videast, performer, photographer…) in residency during one year

– the artists will enjoy a collective space to carry on their work. The emphasis will be put on the development of everyone’s work; on reflection and discussion with foreign and French personalities of high level and various horizons: artists, historians, art critics, curators, gallery owners, philosophers…

– during the selection procedure, the jury’s attention will be focused on the autonomy, the demonstrable artistic quality and the potential for the development of a work and a exchange with the other member postgraduate group.


Jean-Pierre Rehm, a French art and cinema critic, independent curator and acting commissioner of the International Documentary Festival of Marseille (France).

Material conditions

– The successful candidates each receive a grant of 4,000 EUR, paid in two installments.

– collective accommodation is offered to candidates at Lyon. In other places, possibilities of accommodation will be proposed.

Conditions for admission to the postgraduate course

– Applicants must hold a higher diploma (Master’s degree) from a national or international school of art, architecture, etc.

– a shortlist is drawn up on the basis of the applications

– admission comprise an interview with a jury composed of personalities in the art world.

Knowledge of French and/or English is required

Deadline for reception of applications:
15 May 2011
Interviews with shortlisted applicants:
June 2011

Information on the Program, applications and admission procedure available at the School or on its website:

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