Call for artists-in-residence during the Microbiome Mission

© Yann Chavance / Fondation Tara Océan

The Tara Ocean Foundation not only supports scientific research via its expeditions, but also invites artists aboard the schooner for residencies. Science has always been a source of inspiration for artists. Aboard Tara, they can observe and interpret, according to their sensitivity and imagination, the richness of the oceans, the research being done, and the daily life of the crew. You are an artist and dream of embarking on Tara? Submit your application now and until March 7, 2021!

The call for artists-in-residence is over.


All the details about the artist residency on Tara can be found here (modalities, calendar, information on the schooner’s course…)!

Embark on an artistic & scientific adventure

Initiated thanks to the commitment of agnès b. and Etienne Bourgois, with support today from La Fab (agnès b. Foundation), more than 50 artists have come aboard for residencies since 2003.

The Microbiome Mission will explore the ocean ecosystem as a whole. Marine microorganisms play a fundamental role in the ocean – a world that is immense, microscopic, and largely unknown; the first link in a long food chain, but also a crucial player in climate regulation, subject to numerous external pressures such as plastic pollution and rising temperatures. Residencies aboard the schooner will be a new opportunity to cultivate a different perspective, create new experiences and continue collaborations with artists.

Tara left her home port on December 12, 2020 for this new expedition. Six residencies will be programmed during this mission and artists will embark aboard Tara for periods of 2 weeks to 1 month: between Pointe à Pitre and Cayenne; along the coasts of Brazil and Argentina; on the Atlantic crossing between Argentina and Cape Town; then heading north along the African coast.

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© Christian and Noé Sardet / Plankton Chronicles / Tara Ocean Foundation

Eligibility and selection criteria

This call for applications is open to professional artists of all nationalities. There is no age limit, but a medical certificate will be required in the context of the world health crisis.

A selection committee chaired by agnès b and made up of qualified members from the artistic and cultural world will study all the applications and select the winners of the residencies.

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