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Open call: Lefranc Bourgeois 300. Residence for under 40 artists

From Matisse and Cezanne to Picasso, from Arman to Niki de Saint Phalle, many generations of artists, even very distant from each other, in terms of culture, historical period, experiences, dialectics and language. But there is one thing that brings them all closer, for 300 years now: colour. And in particular the colors of what more than a brand today we can consider a piece of modern and contemporary art history.

Let’s talk about Lefranc Bourgeois, which in 2020 celebrates its 300 years of activity. Years of research, depth and calibration, to try to put in the hands of artists the best colors to express themselves. They still do it today, at Lefranc Bourgeois, and now the mission is that of sustainability, thanks to which “cadmium-free” colours have also been produced.

But 2020 is also the year of celebrations, to give value and substance to these first three centuries of history. And Lefranc Bourgeois has decided to celebrate them together with his favorite travel companions, the artists, organizing an artist residency program for them, in collaboration with Inside Art, entitled Atelier 300.

The program

The format, aimed at all artists under 40, includes a 2-week artistic residency in Rome, with the possibility to produce a work (or a group of works) in the spaces of Fondamenta gallery.

These works will be inspired by the “Deep Blue” concept, a way to pay homage to the color that historically characterizes the brand. The residency will take place from September 21st to October 5th, and during their stay, the artists will also be the protagonists of an effective communication program focused on them and their work. They will have only one focus: to dive full-time into their work and creative vortex. Everything else will be taken care by the organization.

The call is free and is open from the 29th June to the 29th August. In the application, in addition to personal and curricular information, you will have to describe the work/project you intend to realize. Everything will be sent to

After this deadline the applications received will be evaluated by a jury composed by Ivan Quaroni (curator and critic), Fabrizio Pizzuto (curator and critic), Thierry Collot (General director Lefranc Bourgeois) and Guido Talarico (editor and director of Inside Art).