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LES DOMINICAINS DE HAUTE-ALSACE

Classified as a historical monument, the old Dominican convent of Haute- Alsace, dating from the 14th century, is firmly anchored in modernity. Proof to this is the union between the AudioVisualCenter’s new technologies and the mural paintings which have thus been revived despite the damages of time. The history of these centuries-old walls is emerging and the site has found again the spirituality with which it was once endowed, through multimedia technologies. The old convent has thus proudly opened up to the new gaze of the 21st century. Music and history resonate here, within the walls of a space that is unparalleled elsewhere. Without bias or dogma, all musical currents are represented in a program where eclecticism and talent are the key words. The Dominicans dare to confront baroque music with French rock during the same evening. A spirit of openness that tears apart musical frontiers to gather audiences in trainings for high-level professionals and enlightened amateurs.

LE MANEGE MONS

Several venues constitute le Manège in Mons: - The Théâtre Royal - The Théâtre le Manège - The Site of the Arbalestriers/Maison Folie - The Abel Dubois Auditorium

DOMAINE DE CHAUMONT SUR LOIRE

The first art centre dedicated to the relationship between artistic creation and nature, the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire displays an ambitious program of contemporary art as well as the International Gardens Festival.

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GRAME

A centre for creation comprising production, diffusion and training. A centre for research with a scientific team.

ESAD

The aim of Valenciennes’ Higher School of Art and Design is to train artists, designers, creators and cultural professionals in the best theoretical and practical conditions. It offers a specific academic training and works at correlating its didactic projects to the most innovative reality of today. The course that has been established calls on a multi and transdisciplinary practice: sculpture, installation, volume, drawing, painting, etching, silk screen, photography, video and multimedia. The pedagogy developed around the whole array of media is questioning artworks and their contexts. The pedagogy program is also envisaged as dynamics exploring the relationships between the following three approaches: design and society, design and construction, design and representation.

MAINS D'OEUVRES

Mains d’Œuvres' mission is to run a cultural centre dedicated to social and artistic invention. Our primary vocation is to welcome and assist artists, arts organisation and professionals from the civil society who are involved in thinking, research, emerging and non-institutional practices, with a view to promoting their insertion into the art world. The centre is mainly a workspace offering long residencies (three years on average) to achieve this professional level. We accompany projects in all disciplines (drama, dance, music, visual arts etc.) and multidisciplinary projects, or those pertaining to the field of digital arts. Beyond this principal vocation, activities of diffusion, production and public gatherings etc. are developing. Firmly anchored in its region, constantly seeking sensitive crossovers linking art and society, Mains d’Œuvres is a resolutely multiple venue, open to all.

JEU DE PAUME

The Jeu de Paume's mission is the diffusion of photography and images with a resolutely open and transversal approach in terms of chronology- 19th to 21st centuries- and in terms of diverse contemporary image practices (photography, cinema, video, installation etc.). It also supports Internet creation by hosting artists' projects, especially created for the web on the virtual space of its site. Wishing to promote the culture of images to as many people as possible, the Jeu de Paume has created Youth Tuesdays. For the youngest of children, family visits provide children and adults with time and space for complicity. The Jeu de Paume also offers numerous activities for teachers and schools: partnerships, prepared visits, lectures and internships. Finally, the Jeu de Paume is developing specific resources on its website, with online publishing of seminars, conferences and filmed portraits, videos and exhibitions which present interviews with artists and curators. In the spring of 2010, it created an online magazine which has become a new space for exchanges and thinking, with a variety of regularly updated resources: articles, videos, photo galleries and sound files.