Innovative critic and curatorial residency program.

ACROSS is a programme of research, exploration and cooperation residencies for curators and/or art critics engaged in an in-depth reflection on the renewal of their practices.

It is imagined, developed and implemented by thankyouforcoming since March 2015 in Nice and its extended region.

Selected by a jury of professionals following a call for applications, the successful art critics and/or exhibition curators benefit from a 2 to 3 week residency in Nice. Thankyouforcoming organises 3 to 6 residencies each year, which may be the subject of partnerships with other national and international organizations. A programme of meetings and visits with artists and other art world workers (institutions, freelancers, galleries etc) between Cannes and Monaco is jointly organised by the residents and the artistic director of the association, thus facilitating an accurate and transversal knowledge of the French Riviera contemporary art scene.
Each resident also proposes a public event during their stay in order to share their work with as many people as possible, and is given editorial freedom to write a text on an aspect of their residency that is published in the “Made in Local” in the following months.

By welcoming residents who are specifically involved in a research area related to the emergence and renewal/development of critical and curatorial practices, the ACROSS residencies allow Maralpine artists to benefit from an outside and enriching perspective on their own work. This programme considers art critics and exchanges as tools for collective thinking, and mobility in the cultural area – that of the residents and the shifting of views it entails – as a specific way and medium for professionalization.

The ACROSS residencies intensify the visibility of Maralpine artists, notably through tools such as networking, commissioning of texts and sharing of resources. They are positioned as a facilitator to nurture and foster collaborations between the artistic scene of a given territory and external peers. By contributing to the construction and critical use of imagination and knowledge, they also help bring awareness of new audiences to professions and work processes that are still not quite identified, offering a new access to the contemporary art world.

Discover an ecosystem

► Introduce residents to the local artistic scenes and their territories, fostering inter-disciplinary exchanges
► Enable the hosts to meet the cultural operators and visit the highlights of the area as well as its alternative scenes, through a close collaboration with artists, researchers, thinkers, museums, art centers, associations, galleries, academic institutions

To professionalise

► Invite to reflect on and offer innovative critical approaches to projects developed in Nice and suburb, as well as in the associated towns (Mouans-Sartoux, Antibes, Cannes, Vence, Monaco etc)
► Devise a new operational tool for research, prospection and transmission through the mobility (of people and points of view) of its actors and spreading of the contents
► Offer the possibility to frame a specific work or deepen a line of research, and provide assistance in research

Tools for networking

► Counter-balance the logic of centralisation and rebalance the power relations between Paris and the French provinces, centre and suburbs, local and global, national and international
► Contribute to the implementation of a cultural policy engineering from the Maralpine territory in order to be part of international networks of exchange, mobility and co-production
► Provide and support a framework allowing for the mobility of curators and critics, and make it visible
► Create opportunities for meetings, initiate and enable an environment for exchanges and discussions to foster common experiments in various disciplinary fields
► Develop efficient collaborative networks between worldwide professionals and local residents, and operate as a professional exchange resource in order to support internationalization of the local art ecosystem

To create and associate audiences

► Strengthen the cultural offer on the territory and to participate in the articulation between art and citizenship
► To make audiences aware with the process of conception, making and implementation of works and their criticism
► Facilitate the meeting between artists, critics/curators and audiences, raise awareness of contemporary art among new audiences.

Jurys’ members since 2015:
LE PIMPEC Bénédicte (art critic and curator) ;
MAHEKE Paul (artist) ;
ROMAN Mathilde (Phd in Arts and Sciences of Art, art critic (AICA France), and teacher at Pavillon Bosio – Monaco) ;
GUILLAUME Ann (artist) ;
RACINE Bruno (writer, former president of Centre Pompidou and Bibliothèque nationale de France) ;
FAUQ Cédric (art critic and curator at Palais de Tokyo, former ACROSS resident) ;
GUENIN Hélène (director of MAMAC – Nice) ;
LAPALU Sophie (art critic, curator, PhD in Visual Arts and Aesthetics, teacher at Clermont Métropole Fine Arts School) ;
MISPELAËRE Marianne (artist) ;
NABEYRAT Estelle (curator and independent art critic),
TRITZ Sarah (artist and teacher at ENSBA – Lyon).

Since 2015, with the support and/or collaboration of:
– le Narcissio,
– le MAMAC,
– la librairie Vigna,
– la Villa Arson,
– la galerie Eva Vautier,
– la galerie Le 22,
– le CIDFF,
– la Kunsthalle3000,
– Colophon,
– MiBACT Italie
– le Ministère de la Culture,
– la ville de Nice,
– la Région Sud,
– le Département des Alpes-Maritimes,
– Mécènes du Sud Aix-Marseille…

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Claire Migraine visits Strasbourg from March 10th to 15th, 2015

With Camille Planeix,gallery director at Théâtre de Privas
Claire Migraine visits Privas / Valence / Montélimar from May 7th to 10th, 2015
Camille Planeix visits Nice from June 26th to 29th, 2015
Talk with Camille Planeix at Le 22 in Nice, on Saturday 27 June, at 11:00AM

With Sandra Doublet, curator and projects coordinator at MPVite
& Romain Boulay, director at ateliers Mille Feuilles
Claire Migraine visits Nantes from July 1st to 6th, 2015
Sandra Doublet et Romain Boulay visit Nice from October 1st to 5th, 2015

With Bénédicte Le Pimpec, art critic and curator
Bénédicte Le Pimpec visits Nice from November 15th to 18th, 2015
Talk with Bénédicte Le Pimpec at Le 22 in Nice, on Monday 16 November, at 7:00PM

With Mickaël Roy, art critic and curator
Mickaël Roy visits Nice from January 24th to 31st, 2016
Walk and oral archive, in Nice, on Saturday 30 January at 11:00AM

With Septembre Tiberghien, art critic and curator
Septembre Tiberghien visits Nice from March 2d to 7th, 2016
Talk and readings, on Sunday 6 March at 4:00PM in  Nice

Rosa Lleo, Décembre 2016
Événement : Le Soleil au Zénith

Radoslav Ištok, Janvier 2017
Événement : Staying In: The Right to Be Let Alone

Emily Butler, Mars 2017
Événement : A Space for Translation

Camille Paulhan, Avril 2017
Événement : Baguenaude niçoise

Cédric Fauq, Juin 2017
Événement : Le Colt est Jeune & Haine

Julia Geerlings, Juillet 2017
Événement : Take A Walk On The Wild Side

Marie Béchetoille, Novembre 2017
Événement : Fictions, détours et dadas

Sasha Pevak, Décembre 2017
Événement : L’activisme curatorial

Lorenzo Bruni, Janvier 2018
Événement : Fragments As A Tool

Chiara Nuzzi, Février-Avril 2018
Événements : What Happens To People #1
Night Soil – Nocturnal Gardening
The Dissident Garden

Fabienne Bideaud, Février 2018
Événement : Le Cabinet des influences

Ruth Estévez, Avril 2018
Événement : Chalk Circles

Chloé Curci, Juliette Desorgues, La Balnéaire (Chloé Angiolini
& Elodie Castaldo), Guilhem Monceaux et Estelle Nabeyrat
, Octobre 2018
Événement : CARE IN THE SUN

Thomas Geiger, Janvier 2019
Événement : KUNSTHALLE3000

Frédéric Blancart, Décembre 2018
Événement : Tentative d’épuisement d’une impossible théorie* 2

Kevser Güler, Mars 2019
Événement : Collectif Birbuçuk

Yoann Van Parys, Décembre 2019
Événement : Astérix et Obélix sur la Côte d’Azur

SISSI [Élise Poitevin & Anne Vimeux], Janvier 2020
Événement : ROAD TO MISERY

Sonia Recasens, Février 2020
Événement : Le personnel est politique

Övül Ö. Durmusoglu, Mars 2020
Événement : The Curator as a Four Headed Sphinx

ACROSS #27 et 28
John Kenneth Paranada et Kalliopi Tsipni-Kolaza, Avril et Octobre 2020
Postponed due to the pandemic.

Asli Seven, Juin 2021
Événement : Printemps permanent, floraison reportée

Trois‿a et le Cercle des neuf Anarcadémistes, Juillet 2021
Événement : Atelier d’arpentage de texte
Événement : Lancement d’Anarcadémisme #2
Événement : Projection du film “Un seul héros, le peuple” de Mathieu Rigouste