BMW and the Nicéphore Niépce Museum are launching a call for applications for the 2012 residency program in Chalon-sur-Saône.

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Call for applications for the BMW 2012 residency. BMW and the Nicéphore Niépce Museum are launching a call for applications for the 2012 residency program in Chalon-sur-Saone.

Paris – Chalon-sur-Saône. In funding this  residency at the Nicéphore Niépce Museum for the second  year running, BMW France reiterates its support for contemporary  photographic arts.

This second call for applications will enable a young photographer to  complete a project during a three-month residency in autumn 2012, from  September 10 to December 7.

The winner will receive a grant of €6000 and the payment of  accommodation costs in Chalon-sur-Saône.

The artist’s residency will culminate in the production of  works created with the technical support of the museum’s  laboratory, as well as the co-publication of a book and the mounting  of an exhibition at the Rencontres d’Arles festival.

A selection of works chosen jointly by the artist and the museum  directors will be produced in three sets: the first to be presented to  the artist, the second to the museum to bolster its contemporary  collections, and the third to BMW.

Applications should reach the museum before March 19. They should  include a biography, a file presenting the general approach of the  artist and a proposal setting out the artistic project planned for Chalon-sur-Saône.

The winner will be announced during the week of May 22 following a  selection process administered by a selection committee comprising the  head of culture at BMW together with François Cheval, Chief  Curator at the Nicéphore Niépce Museum, François  Hébel, Director of the Rencontres d’Arles, Chantal Nedjib  and Patrick de Carolis, after an initial selection made by the museum.

This call for applications for a residency in Chalon-sur-Saône  for a young photographer is the fruit of a collaborative relationship  between BMW France and the Nicéphore Niépce Museum, with  the shared aim of contributing to the development of contemporary photography.

Since 1996, the museum has had its own in-house digital photography  laboratory, which it uses to reproduce its permanent collections on  digital media and to offer artists in residence technical expertise.

In this way, the museum helps promote the work of both young and  established photographers. It is here that Elina Brotherus and JH  Engström, among others, found a new direction for their work. The  first BMW residency also provided Alexandra Catière with the  opportunity to pursue her research and further develop her work.

In funding this residency at the Niépce Museum, BMW confirms  its support for the creative arts, particularly for contemporary  photographers. This commitment demonstrates its efforts to support  photography as an original, distinct medium, an invention that  contributed to the advent of the modern age in much the same way as  the automobile.

It is part of a unique, ambitious cultural partnership initiative:

Unique, because this partnership aims to reveal new keys to  understand the interaction between art and technology and their impact  on people and on society.

Ambitious, because it puts the emphasis on experimentation and  innovation, in both artistic and technological terms.

This initiative is firmly in line with the policy pursued by the  company since 2003, a policy that is also reflected in the partnership  with the Rencontres d’Arles and with    Paris Photo.

This support for photography is part of the cultural policy pursued  by the Group over the last 40 years at global level. BMW supports  over 100 varied cultural projects all over the world, in modern and  contemporary art, jazz and classical music, and architecture and design.

Jordane de Tyssandier, in charge of Cultural Communications at BMW  France, comments on these commitments:

“We always make every effort to give our partners absolute  creative freedom, which is essential for the creation of artistic  masterpieces, just as it is for the emergence of major innovations in  a company. In France, our commitment is particularly reflected in our  support for photography; this medium is a wonderful example of the  affinities between an art form and a brand, both of which are  underpinned by a technical performance dedicated to esthetics and pleasure.”

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