Since 2003, the Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art promotes an Artists and curators Residency Program at the Centre International d'Accueil et d'Echanges des Récollets in Paris, located in the former Convent of the Récollets, adjacent to the Gare de l'Est railroad station.
The Centre receives all-year artists and researchers from different countries and nationalities supported by international organizations.
The Dena Foundation residency takes place in fall.
The program gathers a group of artists selected by scientific committees, by invitation only, and is managed by a director.
This program aims at promoting artists' mobility and at introducing them to the French and international art scene. Thanks to the one-to-one studio visits and the guided visits organized all along the residency to their "atelier", the artists benefit from the advice and feedback of renown art critics and curators, directors of international institutions, gallery owners, collectors and prominent artists.
The program represents as well an opportunity to explore the cultural scene of Paris, with the organization of number of visits to the current exhibitions. The stimulating atmosphere of exchange is a great occasion for developing artistic projects, and making valuable contacts through all these encounters. The artists are called to participate to the Dena Foundation activities and round tables or exhibitions.
The artists are housed in independent studio apartments with residence services.This Program has been made possible thanks to the support and collaboration of different public and private partners, the main one was since its beginning the Municipality of Milan.
To date, the artists of the Dena Foundation involved in this program have been more than thirty.
Selected artists: Rebecca Agnes (2003), Nicoletta Agostini (2004), Meris Angioletti (2005), Paola Anziché (2008), Lucia Barbagallo (2010), Michele Bazzana (2009), Valerio Berruti (2007) Dafne Boggeri (2004), Alessandro Bulgini (2004), Assila Cherfi (2010), Dafni & Papadatos (2003), Martina della Valle (2007), Cleo Fariselli (2009), Matteo Fato (2011), Michael Fliri (2008), Francesco Fossati, Linda Fregni Nagler (2008), Giovanni Giaretta (2010), Antonella Grieco (2008), Invernomuto (2007), Diego Marcon (2009), Federico Peri (2007), Alessandro Piangiamore (2007), Luca Pozzi (2009), Richard Sympson (2009), Angelo Sarleti (2006), Ester Sparatore (2004), Donatella Spaziani (2003), Alberto Tadiello (2008), Alice Tomaselli (2010), Coniglio Viola (2008)
The Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art has also established a three-year agreement for the Premio d'Artista of the Fondazione Sparkasse in Bolzano, initiated by Fondazione Museion.
The artists selected were Michael Fliri (2008) and Ignaz Cassar (2010)
In 2011, the NAC-National Arts Council of Singapore requested the Dena Foundation to establish a new partnership aimed at promoting emerging Singaporean artists abroad through a recidency in Paris: Hafiz B Osman and Debbie Ding are the 2012 recipients of the grant created by the two institutions.
The scholarship Upload an artist is addressed to public and private organizations aiming to support emerging artists with a residency program in Paris. An Art Academy recommendation is requested.