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A new CALQ residency to open its doors to comic book artists in Angoulême, Bilbao, and Québec City


The network of CALQ international creation studios continues to expand with the opening of a new research and creation residency exclusively for comic book authors!

Comic book research and creation residencies in Angoulême, Bilbao, and Québec City

At the 51st Festival d’Angoulême last week, the CALQ entered into a partnership agreement with La Cité internationale de la bande dessinée et de l’image in Angoulême, France, Azkuna Zentroa in Bilbao, Spain, and the Institut canadien de Québec, in Québec City. This agreement provides for the creation of a three-month residency program offering comic book authors the chance to visit Angoulême, Bilbao, and Québec City in turn, cities that share an interest in promoting literature and comic books.

A residency that is three times as inspiring

To help develop professional relationships and foster encounters with audiences, artists in residence will have the chance to participate in the programming for three major international literary festivals: the Festival international de la bande dessinée, in Angoulême, Gutun Zuria: Festival Internacional de las Letras, in Bilbao, and the Festival Québec BD, in Québec City.

During the residency in Angoulême, Bilbao, and Québec City, accommodations and a workspace are provided for free to the artists selected.

This is the first residency program in the CALQ studio network exclusively for comic book authors. Comic book artists with over two years of professional artistic practice have until March 28 to submit their candidacy, for a residency between January and April 2025.

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From left to right: Bilbao Mayor Fernando Perez, Azkuna Zentroa Director, Gérard Desaphy, Council president and CEO Anne-Marie Jean, Quebec Delegate General in Paris Michèle Boisvert, Angoulême Mayor Xavier Bonnefont, and Managing Director of the Cité internationale de la bande dessinée et de l'image Vincent Eches.
© Laurent Rozencwajg

Other residencies open for applications

The CALQ offers Québec artists and writers welcoming spaces in the heart of vibrant cultural capitals in 23 countries.

A call for candidacies is under way until March 28 for a number of studio-apartment exchanges, for travel in the next year.

  • Dresden, Germany
    A two-month stay for new music composers at HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts Dresden.
  • Charleroi, Belgium 
    Two-or three-month residency for a Québec artist in Charleroi, Belgium, at BPS22, in spring 2023.
  • Brooklyn, U.S.
    Three-month residency for Québec visual arts and digital arts curators and visual artists in Brooklyn, New York, with a grant of $11,500.
  • Espoo, Finland
    Four-month residency at the Finnish Artists’ Studio Foundation in Espoo, Finland, with a grant of $12,000.
  • Linz, Upper Austria
    Two-month residency for a visual or digital artist in one of the nine studios in the international artists’ residence in Ville de Linz, Upper Austria.
  • Nantes, France
    Two-month residency in Nantes, France, for an artist with at least two years of artistic practice, with a grant of $6000.
  • Villeneuve lez Avignon, France
    Two-month residency for a playwright at Chartreuse, Villeneuve lez Avignon, France, with a grant of $5500.
  • Linz, Upper Austria
    Two-month stay for a visual or digital artist in one of the nine studios making up the international artists’ residency in Linz, Upper Austria.

A network of residencies around the world

A wide network of studios, exchanges, and studio-apartments on four continents offers creators from every discipline some 40 possibilities of residencies to stimulate their professional practice, including in New York, Taiwan, Buenos Aires, Paris, Rome, Dakar, London, and Tokyo.

The CALQ’s residencies program is for professional artists and writers seeking regeneration and exploration, who want to immerse themselves in other cultures or have access to internationally renowned facilities to conduct research and seek out new avenues for creation.

Since the inauguration of the Studio du Québec in Paris in 1965, this program has made it possible to increase exchanges with many international partners and contribute to the career development of many creators.

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Lysandre Jobin
Conseillère-coordonnatrice aux communications numériques
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
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