ATELIERS D’ART DE FRANCE, THE PROFESSIONAL FINE CRAFT FEDERATION

Ateliers d'Arts de France is the professional fine craft federation. It federates over 6,000 craftworkers, artists of matter and artwork manufactures.

Its missions: to represent and defend fine craft professionals and to contribute towards the sector's economic development in France and abroad.   

Ateliers d'Art de France initiates major action to develop the fine craft sector's structure and influence.

In 2014, in particular, the federation was behind the initiative that led to official recognition of fine craft1 as an economic sector in its own right, and of the artistic character of fine craft activities via the French Craft, Trade and VSE law.

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Ateliers d'Art de France deploys major action, as illustrated by its international trade fairs, key opportunities for encounters between stakeholders acting within the fine craft ecosystem. 

Also co-owner of the Maison&Objet² show, Ateliers d'Art de France is the leading organiser of shows and fairs focusing on fine craft: Révélations in Paris's Grand Palais, but also the International Cultural Heritage Show at the Carrousel du Louvre, along with the Ob’Art shows in Paris, Bordeaux and Montpellier.

Ateliers d'art de France trade fairs logos

Ateliers d'Art de France also creates new marketplaces devoted to fine craft, such as EMPREINTES, the concept store located in the Parisian Haut-Marais quarter and an associated e-commerce website in the making.    

The federation is also behind initiatives aimed at revealing the reality of fine craft trades, such as the International Fine Craft Film Festival.

It contributes towards generating a now outlook on fine craft via books and magazines published by its own publishing house, Les Editions Ateliers d'Art de France

WHAT IS FINE CRAFT?

As an essential part of the creative economy, the fine craft sector reunites around 38,000 businesses in France and generates a turnover of 8 billion Euros.

It equally covers the fields of artistic creation and of heritage reconstitution, repair and restoration.

Fine craft trades can be defined via four cumulative criteria:

  • The command of manual skills, complex techniques and know-how aimed at transforming matter;
  • Created works and objects that require an artistic contribution and bear the signature of their creator and of the workshop or studio where they are produced;
  • Works or objects that are entirely and individually produced as unique pieces or in small series;
  • Works or objects that are, by nature, sustainable.

1Article 22 Title 2 of the French Craft, Trade and VSE law dated 18th June 2014 and amending Article 20 of the French Law n° 96-603 dated 5th July 1996 relating to the development and the promotion of trade and craft.

'Under the category of fine craft, natural persons and executives of legal entities whose principal or secondary activity is in independent production, creation, transformation or reconstruction, repair and restoration of heritage, characterised by the command of manual skills and techniques in work on matter and requiring an artistic contribution.'

²Organised by SAFI, an Ateliers d’Art de France and Reed Expositions France subsidiary