The Cité Internationale des Arts provides a stay of limited duration to professional artists who wish to develop their artistic skills in France. It has been a public benefit foundation since 1957 and is linked to a vast network of partners and associates worldwide. Its founders include a large number of states, schools, institutes, universities and ministries from close to 50 countries. Three of its historic founders and key partners are the City of Paris and the French Ministries of Culture and Foreign Affairs.
The site, located at 18 rue de l’Hôtel de Ville, includes 312 individual studios in the heart of the Marais district. It is a dynamic quarter swarming with art galleries and is a favourite destination for Parisians. Residents may practice their artistic discipline and develop their creative techniques for the duration of their stay at the Cité. The complex also houses exhibition areas where artists can display their works and an auditorium where they can perform concerts. Since its opening in 1965, the Cité has accommodated more than 18 000 artists from all over the world.
In the early 1980’s SANAVA acquired three atelier apartments at the Cité. They were acquired for the benefit of South African visual artists who have been members of a branch of the association for at least two immediately preceding years. The apartments are held in trust in terms of an Occupational Rights Agreement by the SANAVA Cité des Arts Trust, valid until 22 March 2060.
The apartments create golden opportunities for those who had already shown proof of their artistic merit to spend a few months in Paris, to enrich their lives while living and working in a world metropolis, known for its cultural richness, and to experience the cultures of, and interact with artists from all over the world.