Ateliers d'Art de France

About us

The Ateliers d'Art de France Foundation aims to safeguard, promote and develop the professions devoted to crafts, creativity, tradition and heritage maintenance and conservation, particularly through the award of prizes, scholarships and subsidies, the organisation of colloquies and publications.

Created in 2011 by Ateliers d'Art de France, the French federation of craft professionals, it is currently the only professionally run foundation dedicated to all craft professions. Under the banner of modernity, it encourages craft professionals to innovate, take risks and go beyond the traditional vision of the craft professions.

Its first activity programme is based on a cycle of three calls for proposals designed to honour exceptional craftsworkers and artists:

This triptych reflects the very essence of the craft professions: exceptional creations, a human dimension and a conceptual approach.

What is fine craft ?

As an essential part of the creative economy, the fine crafts sector includes some 38,000 businesses in France and generates €8 billion in revenue.

Fine crafts involve not only creation, but also reconstitution, rehabilitation and restoration of cultural heritage.

The practice of fine crafts is characterised by the following four cumulative criteria:

  • Mastery of complex gestures, techniques and expertise intended to transform matter;
  • Works created require an artistic contribution and display the mark of their creator and of the workshop where they- were produced;
  • Craftspeople design and create every work individually, as unique items or limited editions;
  • Works are sustainable by nature. 

Your contact

Ana Teodorescu, Head of Sponsorship, Individual and Corporate Giving
Fondation Ateliers d'Art de France
8 rue Chaptal, 75009 - 01 44 01 08 40
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