The Embassy of France in Canada, in partnership with the University of British Columbia’s Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (Blusson QMI) and Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery (the Belkin), has launched ‘Quantum Studio’ a new Art-Science residency taking place from November 01 to November 30, 2023 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Applications are now open and close on July 11 (11:59pm, Paris (UTC+2)).

Opened to all art forms, the Quantum Studio Residency builds exchanges between art and quantum science immersed at the renowned UBC campus and in the rich local artistic ecosystem. The residency enables the French artist to develop his or her professional network and create new synergies strengthening the bond between Western Canada and France.

Blusson QMI and the Belkin will provide the selected artist with a space in which the artist and researchers will be able to connect, discuss their projects, and learn from one another to create a project at the junction between art and science. Prior to the residency commencement, a few online meetings will be organized to introduce the French artist and the hosting team at UBC Vancouver.



The scientific topics to be explored during this residency:

  • Fundamental concepts: quantum mechanics, light-
  • Matter and materials: low-dimensional materials, organic and optoelectronic materials, superconductors, atomic structures (2D, 3D)
  • Experimental techniques: spectroscopies, atomic imaging microscopy, x-ray scattering
  • Experimental conditions: ultra-low temperatures, ultra-high vacuum, ultra-fast dynamics

The artist receives a €2,000 grant and paid accommodation during the residency.

This arts-science residency is part of a larger program of residencies initiated by the Embassy of France in West Canada. Other laureates will also be present in Vancouver in fall 2023 as part of the curatorial residency of the Embassy and of the program “XR Fall” (focusing on immersive artistic creations).

Blusson QMI and the Belkin are founding members of Ars Scientia, an interdisciplinary program aimed at creating synergies between scientists and artists in British Columbia:


  • Artist working on a new or existing project
  • Must be over 18
  • Has French citizenship and resides in France
  • Proficient in English
  • Ideally, an experienced professional who has worked on previous creative projects at the junction between arts and sciences

Application Process and Required Documents

  • Application form: ENG_Application-Form-Art and science residency-2023
  • Completed applications are to be sent via email to before Tuesday, July 11, 2023 (11.59pm, Paris, UTC+2)
  • Copy of your ID or Passport
  • Biography and CV
  • Portfolio (including previous works and projects)
  • Cover letter
  • Detailed synopsis of the project
  • Estimated framework for your project during the residency
  • Illustrations from the project (if applicable)
  • A reference letter (optional)


For inquiries regarding the application process, please contact the Embassy of France here:


For more information, please see here.