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Postgraduate Programme

The Ensba Lyon offers a one-year postgraduate program for five international artists who have acquired a Master's degree (or DNSEP).
It aims at creating the conditions to enact and support a position in the contemporary art field for emerging artists. It stimulates the articulation of practice, research, discourse, critical reflection, and sociability through individual and collective practices.
Promoting transmission rather than education, the postgraduate program based in the School of Fine Arts, Lyon, invites five young artists from different geographical backgrounds who are already actively engaged in the art practice.
During this year-long residency the artists are invited to elaborate on their individual practice and will be given full access to the school's facilities and studios. The development of individual work will be challenged through constant critical interaction, the creation of collective research and exhibition projects and opportunities to travel and meet with international artists and art practitioners.

Recent projects initiated by the postgraduate group took place at : Santiniketan University, Bengal, India; Temporäre Galerie, Köln, Germany; Parkur, Lisboa, Portugal. Long-term partnerships are settled between the postgraduate program and the Lyon Biennial, Lyon, and the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin.

The Postgraduate Art Program Lyon, 2016–2017

– This sixteenth session will include five young artists for a one-year residency.
– During the selection process, the jury will focus on the autonomy of the artist, demonstrable artistic qualities and the potential for exchange and dialogue.


François Piron is an art critic, curator and publisher. He has organized numerous exhibitions, recently at Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo, the City Gallery in Prague, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and the Museo Nacional Reina Sofia in Madrid. He is the curator of the 2016 edition of the biennial of contemporary art in Rennes.


Since its creation in 1999, the Postgraduate of the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon has accompanied young artists in the professional field of contemporary art.
The statistical make up of the 65 artists who have participated in the Postgraduate since its beginnings breaks down as follows: 48% female, 52% male, 36% are foreign origins and 64% French or dual nationality, with more than 15 countries represented ... The artists who have received Postgraduate programme in Art Ensba Lyon are referenced in the index

2016-2017 programme participants

• Soufiane ABABRI
• Marielle CHABAL
• Ghita SKALI
• Hajnalka TULISZ

Profile of participants

The Postgraduate programme of the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Lyon is accessible to international candidates.
All visual arts practices are welcome, including but not limited to painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, installation, video, sound, performance... 

The final selection is carried out through an interview with the candidate at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, in Lyon in June.

When selecting candidates, the jury’s considers the maturity and artistic qualities of the work and its potential.
The jury is composed of  the director of ENSBA, the director of the Postgraduate programme, along with an artist and an art critic/curator, both committed and active on the contemporary art scene. 


Each session of the Postgraduate programme runs for one University year: from September to July


• in Lyon, the participants can benefit from all the educational resources to work on their projects: access to the library, and to the technical workshops: printing department, photography, sound and video editing, wood, metal, terracotta, bronze and aluminium casting, etc. Specialized technicians are associated with the projects of the participants. Privileged contacts and relationships with various cultural structures of the Rhône-Alpes region may be possible.

• The programme will include individual and collective meetings with invited artists, critics and theoreticians, study trips and also participation in exhibitions.


- The successful candidates each receive a grant of 4,000 Euros, paid in two instalments.(2000 € in October + 2000 € in January).
- the possibility of a collective accommodation is offered to candidates while in Lyon. In other places, when travelling in France and abroad, the possibility of accommodation will be proposed.

Terms of admissions

• Applicants must hold a Master's degree or equivalent diploma from a recognized national or international school of art, architecture, etc.
• A shortlist will be drawn up on the basis of the applications.
• Admission consists of an interview with a jury composed of the school director, the program supervisor, and two international artists and curators. –
• Knowledge of French or English is mandatory.

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The Postgraduate programme of the Ensba Lyon is independent of the University system: it does not award a qualification. 
A certificate of participation and attendance is issued to participants.


École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Lyon
Post-diplôme Art
8b quai St Vincent, 69001 
Lyon - France 
Alain Ailloud : alain.ailloud[à]ensba-lyon.fr