A collection is an ensemble of works, as well as an ensemble of relationships with artists, a commitment to encourage their expression and to create conditions favourable to creation and emergence. Pursuing his constant and long-term support for young artists, François Pinault wanted a Pinault Collection residence offering the best work and research conditions, to welcome them for a year.
The collector joined hands with the former Nord-Pas-de-Calais region and the town of Lens, to create this residence in the former mining town. Established in an abandoned rectory, redesigned by Lucie Niney and Thibault Marca from the NeM agency, it was inaugurated in December 2015.
A space to live and to work, and a monthly grant, the artists residency makes it possible to offer an environment and time for artistic practice in a place equipped for creation, for a period of one year, from September to June. The residents are chosen by a selection committee that includes representatives from the Pinault Collection, the Direction régionale des Affaires culturelles des Hauts-de France, the FRAC Grand Large, Fresnoy-Studio national des arts contemporains, the Louvre-Lens and the LaM.
Since its creation in 2016, the Lens artist residency has welcomed the American duo Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson (2016), the Belgian, Edith Dekyndt (2017), the Brazilian, Lucas Arruda (2018), the Franco-Moroccan Hicham Berrada (2019), the French artist Bertille Bak (2019-2020), and this year (2020-2021) the Chilian artist Enrique Ramirez