Residency 2015: from Monday 7th September to Friday 27th November 2015
Deadline: Wednesday 15th April 2015

BMW values the importance of aesthetics and technological innovation, and supports photography as an original, distinct art form. The Group is strongly rooted in France, including in Chalon-sur-Saône, so the partnership with the Nicéphore Niépce Museum was a logical choice.

This unique, ambitious cultural partnership, set up in 2011, offers an artist’s residency program. Over the past years, the work of the first three prize winners has been showcased to photography professionals and the wider public.

BMW is supporting the entire process from creation to production, culminating in the unveiling of the finished works at the Rencontres d’Arles and Paris Photo, and the publication of a book and and a video illustrating the creative process and the universe of the winning photographer.

  • In 2011, Alexandra Catiere was the winner of the first edition. This young Belarusian artist is renowned for the delicacy and intelligence of her work, which successfully combines traditional and avant-garde techniques.
  • In 2012, BMW supported young French photographer Marion Gronier as she tackled a personal project on the human figure and its masks. Her photos capture the moment when the human mask breaks down and the disembodied face empties itself of all expression.
  • In 2013, Elise Mazac and Robert Drowilal, the duo Mazaccio & Drowilal has achieved a massive audience through the project « Wild Style » by which explores the imagery of the notion of “wild” in mass culture.
  • In 2014, Natasha Caruana, a young english artist, project for the BMW Residency searches for the truth behind Love at First Sight or Coup de Foudre – The Lightning Bolt.

Production and exhibition of works

The artist’s residency will result in the production of works developed with the support of the entire Nicéphore Niépce Museum team, and in particular with technical help from the laboratory and the expertise of François Cheval, the museum’s Chief Curator. The costs of any consumables used for works produced with the support of the museum laboratory will be covered.

Publication of a book
A selection of works produced during the residency will be presented in a 96-page book as part of the BMW Art & Culture collection published by Editions Trocadéro (1,000 copies will be printed).

A selection of the works produced during the residency will be exhibited at two major photography events:

  • the Rencontres d’Arles, from the opening week to the end of August 2016
  • Paris Photo 2016, in the exhibition area for BMW, official partner of Paris Photo

BMW and the Nicéphore Niépce Museum will cover the production and setup costs for the exhibitions.

The works will be divided into three sets:

  • one set will be given to the artist
  • a second identical set will be donated to the museum as a valuable addition to its contemporary collections
  • a third set of works, selected by the artist and the museum directors, will be given to BMW France in return for its sponsorship.


In French or English.
Hard copy not exceeding A3 size.
Applications will not be returned.

It should include :

  • a biography of the artist
  • a portfolio presenting the Artist’s overall approach
  • a series of printed images of finished work
  • a statement of the aims or a rough draft of the artistic work
  • envisaged at Chalon-sur-Saône.

It should be noted that recommendations from people in the photography [scene?] are encouraged.

Submissions are accepted by post only before April, 15, 2015.

The winner of the BMW residency will be announced during the opening week of the 2015 Rencontres d’Arles festival.

Download the rules (english)
Download the rules (french)
Musée Nicéphore Niépce
BMW France

Text: Extracts from the official Press Release
Image: Love at first sight © Natasha Caruana

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