LNAF’s guiding principle is to encourage artists to engage in cultural interchange and the creation of art that impacts the world for the greater good. It welcomes those engaged in a wide spectrum of artistic practice and varied backgrounds

Individual Residency

The Clews Fellowship provides an exclusive opportunity for one distinguished sculptor per year to live and work at the Château. This artist must have demonstrated significant achievement in his or her field. This prestigious fellowship is awarded annually by invitation.

Group Residency

This residency offers up to ten artists a five week period to live and work at the Château de La Napoule. At its core is a belief in the value of the shared experience of personal, professional and artistic discovery that takes place within a supportive environment of peers. This residency’s goal is to promote opportunities for cross-cultural dialogue, artistic exchange and exploration of a shared interest in the greater good.

Eligibility Guidelines

LNAF Residencies are open to all emerging and established artists over the age of 18 with no limitation on artistic discipline or nationality.

Please, note:

  • Couples must apply separately. There are no provisions for family, friends, children, or pets at the Château.
  • Artists may apply once every calendar year.
  • Although alumni are encouraged to apply, priority may be given to artists who have not yet received an LNAF residency.
  • Due to the historic nature of our facilities, the Château and Villa are not handicapped accessible at the present time.


Selection Criteria

Applications are reviewed by an international panel according to the following criteria:

  • Clarity of artistic vision as articulated in the artist statement and work samples
  • Persuasive evidence that the applicant is committed in purpose and practice
  • Clear evidence that the artist works at a professional level in his/her field
  • Clear indications that the applicant is moving forward with their project and of the significance and critical role that the residency at La Napoule will play in that project
  • Willingness to work in a dynamic environment that encourages interaction with other artists
  • Appropriate adherence to application guidelines


Residency Expectations

  • To enrich the artist’s experience, it is expected that each resident will use every opportunity, including mealtimes, to build community, friendship, and to exchange ideas and experiences
  • Work and living space must be properly maintained and left in the same condition as it was found
  • It is expected that each participant will conduct themselves with a high level of professionalism while in residence
  • All equipment and materials are the responsibility of the artist
  • The use of drugs or the possession of drugs is prohibited.
  • There is a fee for any overnight guests, based on availability


What the program offers:

  • Accomodations & Meals: Residents are housed in single rooms in the recently renovated Villa Marguerite, located just across the street from the Château. Rooms are equipped with private baths and have sea and garden views. Wireless Internet is available in the Villa’s common areas.LNAF will provide breakfast and dinner during weekdays. Meals, often held in the Château’s Gothic Dining Room offer the opportunity for exchange and community. For lunches and weekend meals, the kitchen in the Villa Marguerite will be at your disposal. It is also an easy walk to numerous restaurants and cafes in the village. Linens are washed weekly. There is a laundry machine in the basement of the Villa for resident’s clothes.
  • Studio Facilities: LNAF will provide each resident with space to work. Studios are found throughout the property, offering artists inspiring historic surroundings in which to work. Please address any specific requirements for your studio space in your application.
  • Nearby Cultural Attractions: The Côte d’Azur is not only one of the most picturesque areas in France, but it is also one of the most culturally vibrant. With a high density of internationally renowned institutions – museums, theaters, festivals, foundations and research centers – the community of lively creators offers an inspirational and interactive setting for Residents.
  • Marketing & Publicity: LNAF strives to promote artists who participate in our program. Opportunities include Press Release sent to major publications, eblast sent to our supporters & stories featured in other donor materials, and spotlight features on our blog and website. Residents may also have the opportunity to participate in exhibitions or outreach programs.
  • Une connexion internet sans fil est disponible à la villa Marguerite, dans les espaces communs.
  • Il est possible de garer une voiture à la villa Marguerite.
  • Le linge de lit et les serviettes de toilettes sont fournis et changés toutes les semaines. Une machine à laver est à votre disposition dans le sous-sol de la villa.
  • LNAF s’engage à assurer la promotion des artistes en résidence :
  • à travers son site Internet, son blog, et sa page Facebook
  • Promouvoir le travail des résidents auprès des mécènes de La Napoule
  • Les résidents peuvent avoir l’opportunités de participer à des expositions ou autres manifestations organisées par La Napoule
  • Toutes demandes particulières concernant les ateliers ou le matériel doivent être adressées à Nelcy Mercier : nmercier@chateau-lanapoule.com


Upcoming residencies:

Apply soon : Spring 2018
Dates will be released soon
Application : https://lnaf.slideroom.com/#/Login
Application deadline : 19 septembre 2017

Non-discrimination: LNAF encourages artists from all backgrounds to apply. The Foundation does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of age, race, disability, gender, religion, marital status, sexual orientation or national origin in its admission policies or in access to its activities.