Alliance Française de Manille-Philippine Artist Residency Program

To commemorate the 90th anniversary of its founding, Alliance Française de Manille (AFM), the French language school and cultural center, is pleased to announce the establishment of the Alliance Française de Manille-Philippine Artist Residency Program (AFM-PARP).   AFM is launching the grants program as its latest initiative in the pursuit of its mission to promote cultural exchange between the Philippines and France through language training and art-related programs.

The AFM-PARP offers Filipino visual artists the possibility of a structured visit to France for a period of two to three months.  The residency will be hosted by a French non-profit cultural organization, artist residence, or artist-run initiative.  It is conceived as a professional opportunity rather than a project-based grant.  Its aim is to enrich the experience of local artists by affording them the opportunity for contact with the contemporary art scene in France. The objective of the program is to broaden professional networks between contemporary art communities in the Philippines and France.  

The AFM-PARP is open to Filipino visual artists: painters, sculptors, multimedia artists, photographers. One residency will be offered annually, to take place in the spring months of April to June or the autumn months of September to November.  The AFM-PARP will provide a financial grant to cover costs of travel and living expenses.   The grantee may also avail of a free one-month French language course at AFM.  These resources are expected to afford the recipient the opportunity for stimulating cultural exchanges and collaboration with other artists, and uninterrupted creative time.  During the residency period, the grantee is encouraged to give talks and workshops to the public, depending on the needs of the host organization.

Qualifications and Procedure

Qualifications for Applicants:
  • Must be a bona fide Filipino citizen
  • Must be 45 years or younger as of the month of July of application year
  • Must have at least two (2) years of formal art schooling
  • Must have held at least one (1) solo exhibition in a reputable art space 
Application Procedure

Applicants must submit the following:
  • Accomplished Application Form (available at AFM or can be downloaded from its website (
  • Proposed host – may be a school, university, artist residence or artist-run initiative (AFM may assist applicant in identifying appropriate host)
  • Program of residency – A brief statement (500 words) on why you think the residency would be valuable and how you hope to achieve the rationale and objectives of the residency
  • Curriculum Vitae (A4 paper size)
  • Documentation of sample works (A4 paper size)
    If the work is static, six (6) images – digital (JPG or TIFF format) and 5R prints
    If the work is time-based or animated: up to five (5) minutes of footage on a CD or DVD (.MOV or .WMV)
  • Image list and description of no more than one (1) page (Arial, 11 point size, 550 words) which includes a short description to accompany images; correct dimensions and medium of work corresponding to the order of images presented
Applications and support material should be addressed to:
Alliance Française de Manille
209 Nicanor Garcia Street
Bel-Air II, Makati City 1209

N.B.  All applicants must comply with the above requirements in order to be considered eligible. Support material submitted will not be returned to applicant.

AFM-PARP schedule
  • Application period: August to October
  • Deadline for application: October 31
  • Evaluation period: November to January
  • Announcement of selected grantee: February
The grantee is required to hold an exhibition at the AFM Total Gallery within one (1) year following the end of residency.  One work from the exhibition to be chosen by the AFM Board of Directors will be donated to the AFM-PARP.   

For more details, you may visit the AFM website at Alliance Française de Manille is located at 209 Nicanor Garcia St. formerly Reposo St.) Bel-Air 2, Makati City. Office days and hours:
Monday to Thursday, 9am to 6pm; Friday and Saturday, 9am to 5pm; and closed on Sundays and Holidays. 

Download AFM-PARP Application Form here.
Download AFM-PARP Info Sheet here.
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