Atelier Calder

Since 1989, the Atelier Calder has been a place of residence and artistic creation. Located in Saché in Indre-et-Loire, this former workshop of the American sculptor Alexander Calder pursues a welcoming policy whose ambition is to enable artists to carry out specific projects, to pursue research or experimentation.

For three months, artists receive technical and financial support that encourages the creation of artistic projects.
On a regular basis, the Atelier Calder partners with venues (art centres, museums, historical monuments, etc.) to organise exhibitions following the residencies, allowing the public to discover the works produced in Saché.
 A place of exchange and openness, the Atelier Calder encourages meetings between its residents and regional cultural actors (art schools, art centres, FRACs, museums, etc.), school groups through mediation activities and with the public as part of workshop visits.
The Atelier Calder is supported by the Ministry of Culture Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs (DRAC Centre Val de Loire), the Centre Val de Loire Region and the Calder Foundation.

atelier_caldervdt.jpgL’Atelier Calder à Saché © Guillaume Blanc 

available means 

— a welcome, technical and financial support that encourages artistic creation,
- a team of 2 peoples collaborate with the artist throughout his or her stay (production support, diffusion, etc.),
- a residency grant of €5000 and a production support budget of €6000,
Atelier Calder regularly collaborates with art center, museums, historical monuments in order to organise exhibitions at the end of the stays based on the works produces by the artists in Saché.


3 consecutive months.
Calendar of residencies :
mid-January to mid-April / May to July / mid-September to mid-December.

selection process

The choice of artists is made by an artistic committee composed of the President of the Association, professionals, institutional representatives and partners of Atelier Calder. In addition to the evaluation of the professional career, particular attention is paid to the residency project presented by the candidate.
Candidates are selected on the basis of invitations and applications. The artistic committee meets twice a year.

Obligations of the residents 

— residents must be present throughout their stay, have their driving licence, or be accompanied by a person present who drives,
— develop artistic research or projects that will be presented during a workshop visit at the end of the residency,
— educational projects throughout the year,
— workshop visit: 2 days minimum (takes place at the end of each residence).

actions towards audiences

Workshop visit, workshop with art schools, pedagogical actions towards the schools of the department and the region.


Association pour l'animation
de l'Atelier Calder
BP 59 – Place Alexander Calder
F-37190, Saché