Regional action, reaching out to all audiences.
The creation of the Centre Pompidou in 1977 marked a milestone in the development of museums opening to new audiences. In keeping with its initial mission, the Centre Pompidou seeks endlessly to broaden its audiences and thus share modern and contemporary art as widely as possible.
In addition to its presence through the Centre Pompidou Metz (2010), the Centre Pompidou Málaga (2015), the Kanal-Centre Pompidou in Brussels (May 2018), the West Bund art museum in Shanghai (2019) and its major international exhibitions, the Centre Pompidou also seeks to strengthen and perpetuate its action on a national level.
To mark its 40th anniversary in 2017, the Centre Pompidou organised sixty-five events throughout France, in collaboration with seventy-five local cultural players (museums, art centres, theatres and festivals, etc.). The Centre Pompidou decided to maintain this momentum and build lasting relations with cultural players located across France. The aim is to develop actions to attract audiences who do not have a direct access to culture.
The Centre Pompidou has thus engaged in a strengthened regional programme, notably via nomadic happenings created by artists (Saule et les hooppies, a musical tour designed by Matali Crasset), events (Work of the Day), nomadic exhibitions and workshops for young audiences (La fabrique mobile) or the creation of Mille Formes [A Thousand Forms], an art initiation centre for 0-6-year-olds, designed in partnership with the city of Clermont-Ferrand.
The Centre Pompidou-Metz
As the most visited modern & contemporary art centre in France, outside of the Paris region, the Centre Pompidou Metz is an outstanding example of this regional foothold. An opening to all audiences and the intersection of fields are at the heart of the Centre Pompidou-Metz, with projects designed for school-goers and more remote audiences, collaborations with activist organisations, with Metz hospital, or actions in rural areas of the region, in a blend of live performance and exhibitions.
The Centre Pompidou is working alongside the city of Clermont-Ferrand to create Mille Formes, the first permanent art initiation centre for infants to 6-year-olds. Inaugurated in December 2019, Mille Formes is designed to be an experimental space where young children can discover contemporary creation in all its facets. Children discover art through hands-on activities and interaction in a new environment.
Exchanging ideas, working together and observing artists at work are the activities which transform this venue into a new space to practise and explore, a space in which adults contribute as much as children. Milles Formes is also designed to be a venue for resources and the exploration of issues linked to art and early childhood, thus enabling professionals and parents to discuss these questions together.
Made possible thanks to a partnership with the Ile-de-France Regional Authority, the Departmental Council of Essonne, the Paris-Saclay conurbation and the town of Massy, and with the support of the French State, the Centre Pompidou francilien - Fabrique de l’art, a future centre for conservation and creation, will open in Massy in 2025.
Housing the storerooms of the largest European collection of modern & contemporary art, this future venue will serve as a centre of excellence for the conservation of the Centre Pompidou’s works.
Through a partnership with Paris-Saclay University, which, via its multiple expertise and research laboratories contributes to the development of innovative techniques and protocols, this centre is set to become an international reference for preventative conservation, geared towards professionals from the artistic and cultural field.
It will also house spaces open to the public and offer a rich cultural programme. Inclusive and multi-disciplinary, it will invite audiences from the Paris region to experience art through a vast range of exhibitions, workshops, performances and unique events open to other fields, such as science, dance, music and architecture.
In the run-up to this project and in collaboration with local, cultural and academic players, schools and non-profit organisations, the Centre Pompidou is launching a 5-year programme in 2020 which will extend across the Ile-de-France region.
Its actions, such as the presentation of works from the collection, mediation activities, experimentation of new artistic techniques or the creation of research and training partnerships with the academic world, will form events and opportunities to meet local audiences and foster close links with regional stakeholders.
Create, invent, test, discuss and produce are the driving actions of La Fabrique Mobile, a simple set-up which invites children from 3 to 10 years to take part in workshops designed by artists. An electric van, in the Centre Pompidou colours and fitted out by Bold Design, houses a modular and functional workshop.
La Fabrique Mobile comes to children in their neighbourhoods and creates optimal conditions enabling them to explore their creativity and discover various means of artistic production.
A nomadic musical tour for young audiences, designed by matali crasset
Saule et les hooppies is a unique installation which allows children and their parents to experience an original artistic event in which they participate, together, in a musical tour. Designer matali crasset came up with this device to enable everyone to play a key role in the show, by turning the merry-go-rounds which compose the installation, bringing life to its elements and creating a musical tour together. Saule et les hooppies, a platform for expression in the form of an amazing tree, advocates a revival of the group effort. It is brought to life through a pedal system, activated by participants’ energy. The main plateau comes alive to a musical in which everyone sings.
Saule et les hooppies was designed to travel around France. This musical tour journeys from city to city to bring families or school groups a participative and immersive experience. The aim of this project is to create footholds for the Centre Pompidou in the areas hosting the event. The presence of Saule et les hooppies provides an opportunity to lead a variety of mediation and art initiation actions (workshops for young audiences, festive events or exhibitions of works, etc.) in association with local structures.
The Centre Pompidou places great importance on young audiences, fostering their awareness of modern and contemporary creation, through three specially-dedicated areas: The Children’s Workshop and its Fabrique, the Galerie des Enfants and Studio 13/16.
A tailor-made programme is geared at capturing and holding the attention of young audiences, transmitting key notions and forging a relationship to art and creation from the earliest age.
The Centre Pompidou takes its expertise outdoors to offer nomadic exhibitions and workshops which can be set up in various contexts. Regardless of the field in question, each offer is based on day-to-day experience and a sensory approach to enrich children's perception and foster their encounter with modern-day creation.
During the course of a day and outside the museum context, a major work from the Centre Pompidou collection which marked the history of 20th & 21st century art is presented free of charge to the public, in a community centre, a local hall, a social centre or a shopping centre, etc. This contemporary work forms the heart of an event geared especially towards a public which is less familiar with the art of our time, in addition to families and art enthusiasts. The work is presented, when possible, by its artist, and by a curator from the Musée national d'art moderne.
This simple installation is accompanied by an art workshop to explore the work further, for children aged 5 years and over and their parents, or school groups.
Since its creation, Studio 13/16, the space devoted to 13 to 16-year-olds at the Centre Pompidou, has served as a meeting point for youth and leisure organisations, such as youth and cultural centres, leisure centres and social centres.
In 2014, with a view to meeting teenagers in their schools, Studio 13/16 designed the Studio 13/16 junior high school operation. Its aim is to meet a local public in the heart of the city’s districts and surrounding suburbs, and trigger teenagers’ interest in the players of contemporary creation. The project offers a week of workshops involving pupils’ participation. During the lunch break, from Monday to Friday, these operations take place in the school yard, with performances, workshops or concerts, etc. In the afternoon, classes take turns to participate in workshops designed around a selection of works from the Centre Pompidou’s contemporary collection.
These actions help to alter the atmosphere of the school for a week, and to bring teachers and pupils together around creative activities in a spirit of openness to artistic production.
The Studio 13/16 Tour is a nomadic structure designed by Mathieu Lehanneur (designer at Studio 13/16 and the Children's Workshop at the Centre Pompidou), to host workshops for teenagers.
The aim is to share the know-how and concepts of Studio 13/16 with teenagers outside of the museum institution, in shopping centres, thus going to meet them in their ‘territory’. These free workshops, led by Centre Pompidou presenters, invite teenagers to discover techniques, such as screen printing, which reflect the wealth of the Centre Pompidou collection.
The Studio 13/16 Tour has visited several shopping centres, in particular Rosny II (Rosny-sous-Bois).
6 Walls, 6 Artists is a Centre Pompidou project, organised in partnership with the M.U.R. Organisation as part of the "cultural summer".
Throughout the month of July 2020, creative workshops were set up in various structures working with young people or engaged in the fight against social insecurity, such as the Emmaüs Solidarité shelters, homes for unaccompanied minors (with child welfare services), the residents of social housing (in partnership with Paris Habitat), or the community centres of Paris.
6 street artists using a variety of techniques (collage, graffiti and painting) provided participants with a wall for expression.
This initiative supported artists and provided sometimes fragile audiences with a creative experience in the company of an artist, thus helping them to improve their daily environment.