Sawa Sawa Residency Program

Residency program to support the Palestinian artistic and cultural scene in times of crisis

In a context of acute crisis affecting harshly the Palestinian cultural scene, the French Institute of Jerusalem has partnered with Palestinian and French organizations to design a residency program that will organize around 50 residencies (around 20 in Palestine and 30 in France).

This program is a continuation of the French Institute of Jerusalem long-standing action in the artistic residency field.

It aims to support Palestinian artists with diverse profiles in terms of disciplines, generations. Its goal is to accompany them in the development of a research and creation project in all sectors of contemporary creation.

A first call for applications will be published in spring 2024 for 3-month residencies to be carried out at Palestinian cultural institutions venues and taking place between July and December 2024.

A second call for applications will be published in summer 2024 for 3 to 6-month residencies in France to be carried out at French cultural institutions venues and will take place between January 2025 and December 2025.

The same project could be submitted for either or both calls for applications.

This program is aimed at Palestinian artists of all disciplines (visual arts, performing arts, music, writing, and cinema) residing in Jerusalem or the West Bank, to enable them to maintain a creative activity. In particular, it seeks to promote the diversity of Palestinian artists’ profiles, whether emerging or established, with an emphasis on the diversity of social and geographical contexts. Exhibition curators are also welcome to apply.

The first call for applications

Call for applications

Call for applications for the 3 month residencies in Palestinian cultural institutions between July and December 2024.

  • Call deadline : May 20th, 2024
  • Selection of applications : June 2024

Click bellow to see the call for applications:

Application form

Applications are made via the online form, which you can access by clicking on this link.

Please fill the form only in English.

For any questions, you can email us at this address: