A call for projects to illustrate the territories of the Grand Paris

The Grand Paris Express echoes the cultural and patrimonial history of the Grand Paris’s territories. It’s when imagining this heritage that the Société du Grand Paris decided to provide the new metro with an artistic dimension of unprecedented geographic and temporal scale.

An international call for projects is being launched for the creation of perennial frescos on the platforms of the Grand Paris Express train stations: one artist per train station will be entrusted with illustrations representing the served territory and will participate in this way in the development of the Grand Paris’ artistic heritage for decades to come. They will enrich the signage of the train stations, imagined by the designer Ruedi Baur and the train stations’ urban furniture imagined by Patrick Jouin.

30 initial train stations are concerned by this first call for applications, open to professional artists and authors from the fields of comics, illustration, animation and graphic design, between the 30th of April and the 24th of September 2021. The announcement of the laureates as well as the allocation of the train stations is planned for January 2022. In order to enable the laureates to better discover the territory allocated to them and to perfect their project, an on-site five-day residency will be programmed. A second session will take place in 2025 for the train stations that will be inaugurated between 2027 and 2030.


The 32 artists selected on the occasion of this first session will be invited to illustrate the territory served by the train station in a sensitive, metaphorical and even abstract manner, establishing a link between the underground and the urban world. 

The commission is based on a total surface of almost 50 sqm per train station, spread out on several formats per train station, for 120 train station platforms of the Grand Paris Express. 

An illustration format is visible at the Fabrique du Métro : virtual visit here.

Who can apply?

The consultation is directed at professional authors and artists from all of the fields of comics, illustration, animation cinema and graphic design.

If the artists wish to apply within a collective of artists, they have to submit a single application folder on the platform. The Société du Grand Paris emphasizes that the grant for a collective of artists will be the same than for artists applying on their own.

Scope of the call for projects

The train stations concerned by the first selection session in 2021 are indicated here. A second session will be organised in 2024 for the other train stations of the network.

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The present consultation is being held on the basis of an appropriate procedure, in accordance with articles R.2123-1-3° et R. 2131-14 of the Code of Public Commission, in order to attribute a consultation of artistic services allotted in 32 units. 

- No.1: Pont de Sèvres
- No.2: Issy RER
- No.3: Fort d’Issy - Vanves - Clamart
- No.4: Châtillon - Montrouge
- No.5: Bagneux
- No.6: Arcueil - Cachan
- No.7: Villejuif Institut Gustave-Roussy (14 Line)
- No.8: Villejuif Institut Gustave-Roussy
- No.9: Villejuif Louis Aragon
- No.10: Vitry Centre
- No.11: Les Ardoines
- No.12: Le Vert de Maisons
- No.13: Créteil l’Échat
- No.14: Saint-Maur - Créteil
- No.15: Champigny Centre
- No.16: Bry - Villiers - Champigny
No.17 : Noisy - Champs

- No.18: Clichy - Montfermeil
- No.19: Sevran Beaudottes
- No.20: Sevran - Livry
- No.21: Aulnay
- No.22: Le Blanc-Mesnil
- No.23: Le Bourget RER*
- No.24: La Courneuve Six-Routes
- No.25: Saint-Denis Pleyel (14 Line)
- No.26: Saint-Denis Pleyel

- No.28: Le Bourget Aéroport
- No.27: Aéroport d’Orly (14 Line)
- No.29: Massy - Palaiseau
- No.30: Palaiseau
- No.31: CEA Saint-Aubin
- No.32: Orsay - Gif

* 2 illustrations will be created for the Le Bourget RER train station, the 2nd illustration will be created by a student (see above)

The Société du Grand Paris advices the candidates to apply for the 32 units.

A multidisciplinary jury

  • Ruedi BAUR, graphic designer for the Grand Paris Express
  • José-Manuel GONÇALVÈS, artistic director of the Grand Paris Express
  • Thierry GROENSTEEN, historian, theoretician of comics, curator for the Musée de la Bande Dessinée, professor
  • Marcel JEAN, artistic delegate Festival International du Film d’Animation d’Annecy
  • Patrick JOUIN, designer for the Grand Paris Express
  • Anne RICHARD, founder and director of the magazine Hey !, exhibition curator
  • Sylvie VASSALLO, director of the Salon du livre et de la presse jeunesse (Montreuil)

Due to the visibility and the importance of the illustrations for the cities, the territories’ actors, namely the elected representatives, will be associated with the artist selection process.

The choice of the jury will be based on the following criteria:


  1. Quality of the applicant’s artistic career
  2. Ability of the applicant to understand the issues linked to the operation and the specific challenges of the environment of the considered train station

How to apply

Applicants must submit a single application to be filed only on the https://www.marches-publics.gouv.fr/app.php/consultation/707732?orgAcronyme=s2d platform. The applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for the whole set of train stations.


This application is made up of the following elements:

  • A Curriculum Vitae presenting career and experiences (diplomas, courses, exhibitions, residencies, publications, grants, potential market price, etc.). 2 pages maximum
  • An artistic file in the shape of a portfolio of 5 to 10 reference images, accompanied by a short description of the presented images (15 pages maximum). For multimedia documents, indicate the links in this artistic file
  • A statement of intent of one page maximum explaining:

- the interest of the candidate in this consultation and the project of the Grand Paris Express;

- the vision and intention of the candidate in the framework of the commission; 

- potentially, the specific connection of the candidate with one of the territories the Grand Paris.

The application file takes the form of a single document in PDF format.
The applicants must submit their application before the 15th of September 2021 at 12 pm (Paris time) on the PLACE platform : https://www.marches-publics.gouv.fr/app.php/consultation/707732?orgAcronyme=s2d


Submissions after this date will not be taken into consideration.

If candidates encounter connection issues, they may ask a technical support by writing to the following address : illustrations@societedugrandparis.fr


To submit your application :

Click on this link to the consultation :
Log in then click on the "submital" section and fill in the requested information, and finally click on "responding to the consultation".

You can find more information on the application procedure in the "Go further" tab.

To proceed with your registration on the application platform, please fill in the requested information. If you do not have a KBIS / SIREN / SIRET number, you can enter a series of fictitious numbers (e.g. 0000).

The schedule and the programme of the consultation

Each candidate will apply via the platform https://www.marches-publics.gouv.fr before 24 September 2021 at 12 pm (Paris time).

For more information regarding the application process, candidates may ask their questions on the following platform : https://www.marches-publics.gouv.fr

If candidates encounter connection issues, they may ask a technical support by writing to the following address : illustrations@societedugrandparis.fr

The jury will select 32 artistes and commission them to create an illustration of a territory.

The selected artistes will be announced: January/February 2022

The selected candidates will conceive a draft and do a one-week on-site residency on the territory of the relevant train station. The draft will result in a creative draft of the whole set of illustrations for the platform, and in a full-scale illustration. Redoing the draft is included in this phase.

On handing in the draft, the candidate will be paid by the Société du Grand Paris an amount of 5,000€ excluding tax.

The on-site residency takes on the form of a five-day immersion, organised by the Société du Grand Paris, in collaboration with the relevant city or cities, so that the artist may become acquainted with the territory he/she will illustrate. This residency will combine moments of free location scouting, documentary research, appointments and meetings with local representatives, managers of local structures, historians, inhabitants, etc. A work space will be made available by the territory. The artists will sign a welcome protocol with the relevant city. The movements and accommodation will be organised and taken care of, if need be, by the Société du Grand Paris.

The artists will also meet the architects of the train station, the designers Ruedi Baur and Patrick Jouin and the artistic director for the artistic and cultural programme of the Grand Paris Express, José-Manuel Gonçalvès.

A technical bill of specifications will also be given to the candidates containing a presentation of the train station and the dimensions and specific formats of the surfaces with modules to be illustrated. 

The artist will continue the development of his/her artwork and will hand in the digital file for the artwork created for the entire set of compositions of the platform.

On handing in the final digital file, the candidate will be paid by the Société du Grand Paris an amount of 10,000€ excluding tax.

December 2022 – End 2023

2024 - 2026

Partners of the project