The growing artistic exchanges between Paris and London prompted the creation of a specific fund dedicated to the support and promotion of French and British contemporary artists and to the stimulation of exchanges between the two artistic scenes.
The charity Paris Calling and the French Embassy in the UK collaborated together to set up Fluxus, a Franco-British Fund for Contemporary Art devoted to the promotion of contemporary art and ideas in both countries. Fluxus allows the support of exhibitions of French artists (or artists based in France) in the UK, and of British artists (or artists based in the UK) in France.
Fluxus also gives exhibition curators of both countries the opportunity to apply to short programmes of residency in France and in the UK. Through this, they can obtain a bursary giving them the chance to settle in the country of residency for two or three weeks and facilitating their researches for upcoming exhibitions or any other projects. This also gives the shortlisted candidates the opportunity to visit artist’s studios and meet art professionals and curators. This outstanding programme will be instrumental in creating a network of curators from both countries willing to work together and exchange ideas.
Fluxus encourages institutions such as art centres, galleries or project spaces to apply once or twice a year to the funding of an exhibition project, a publication or a symposium as well as individual curators for the residency project. Each application is reviewed by an artistic committee and successful applicants is awarded the grant.
The project Fluxus has been thought out according to the model of the Franco-American fund Etant Donnés created in 1994 by Culturesfrance and the French Embassy in New York. Funded by the Florence Gould Foundation, Etant Donnés has acquired international reputation by supporting over 180 projects across France and the United States equalling $1.5million since its creation. It has supported major institutions such as the MOCA in Los Angeles or the Palais de Tokyo in Paris but also allowed emerging artists to gain greater visibility: among the artists first introduced to the US thanks to Etant donnés are Pierre Huyghe or Dominique Gonzalez-Foester who benefited from early presentation of their works in solo shows.