“Ateliers d’Art de France”

Revelations 2017, when excellence springs up

Held in a spirit of harmony embracing the design universe, R3, the third edition of Revelations, an international fair for fine craft and creation, will be on at the Grand Palais from 4 to 8 May. And paying homage to Chile’s artisanal production… 2017 marks the year of a biennial that will go down in history for all lovers of fine craftwork and exceptional savoir-faire. A biennial that will gather a large community of protagonists including designers and craftworkers, all of whom share a love for objects and the materials composing them, whether precious or not, innovative or traditional. Above all, Revelations has represented, since 2013, a veil lifted on a breeding ground of talent gathered under the glass dome of the Grand Palais, drawing a plethora of practices in which handiwork reigns supreme, in a stimulating atmosphere of exchange. This is an event with weighty significance and economic fallout for the whole of the profession, supported by artisan-creators, the “guardians” of French and international excellence. Recognition for artistic professions – finally! Set up in 2013 by Serge Nicole, president from 2006 to 2016 of the Ateliers d’Art de France (French professional union representing the craft professions), the Revelations fair has since taken up its quarters at the Grand Palais, an iconic spot for contemporary art… Whose choice may incidentally be a source of amusement for craftworkers given that the art of today has shown relative indifference to them, if not rejected them outright! Whatever the case, the event sets out to be the finest showcase for artistic professions offered to the world. Since its outset, it has defined itself as providing strong support to the sector’s visibility. Indeed, three years ago, the sector seemed to suffer from a lack of definition in the eyes of public authorities in...

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Ateliers d’Art de France: call for applications

Paris, 8 February 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Ateliers d’Art de France launched a call for entries, for the second edition of their talents contest. The jury will reward the crafts excellence of an artist from each region of mainland France. The Ateliers d’Art de France contest intends to offer its laureates first-rate visibility: the laureate of each regional contest will be awarded a €1,000 prize, along with an exhibition in Paris for the work which earned him his victory. The exhibition dedicated to the winners of 2013 will be held from 5 to 28 November 2013 at the Atelier, a space of discovery for artcrafts at the Ateliers d’Art de France, Paris. After the exhibition, the national laureate will be elected by the jury, out of all regional laureates. Candidates will be able to apply through 20 May 2013, and must meet precisely the following criteria: They must design/create art objects on the French territory They must have a lawful professional status in artcrafts Their workshop must be lawfully located in the region for which they apply They are allowed to compete solo or duo The Ateliers d’Art de France were established in 1868, with the foundation of a trade union chamber by craftsmen, in order to defend their interests. In 1949 the first salon of art ceramists of France was held in Paris. In 1955, the salon developed and became the Salon Maison & Objet, co-owned by the Ateliers d’Art de France and Reed Exposition France. The union chamber then undertook programmes in order to help craftsmen develop their activities. In the 2000s the first shop, Talents d’Ateliers d’Art de France, opened in Paris, as well as the Galerie Collection in the Marais, home of contemporary decorative arts. The Atelier, exhibition space for the discovery of...

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Ateliers d’art de France have launched their foundation

Nice, 16 September 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA) Ateliers d’Art de France is the largest French craft professionals’ federation and has just founded its very own foundation. Founded in 1868, the group currently represents, supports and helps develop 5,400 professional craftsworkers, artists and craft workshops, 38,000 companies and 217 different expertises throughout France.  Serge Nicole has chaired Ateliers d’Art de France since 2006. With the hope of reinforcing its engagement with the arts and its conviction opposite public authorities and other partners from the sector, Ateliers d’Art de France launched their foundation on 15 September 2011. With an initial capital of €200,000, its aim is “to safeguard, promote and develop professions devoted to crafts, creativity, traditional arts and heritage protection and conservation, particularly by awarding prizes, scholarships and subsidies, organising colloquies and producing publications.” The foundation is supporting the upcoming exhibition “La Comédie française s’expose” at the Petit Palais in...

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