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

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Ateliers d'Art de France's mission is to promote the role and the place of fine craft in our society. As the professional fine craft syndicate, it federates over 6,000 professionals across France. It represents and defends fine craft professionals and contributes towards the sector's economic development in France and abroad. To do so, Ateliers d'Art de France:

  • Is committed to offering a professional structure to fine craft. In 2014, official recognition of fine craft trades within the context of the French law on Craft, Trade and VSEs as an economic sector in its own right, was a first essential step forwards. Since, Ateliers d'Art de France has been continuing its efforts and, today, acts as the ambassador for the creation of a fine craft professional branch.
  • Promotes fine craft and creation, via the organisation of international shows and events (such as theMAISON&OBJET* show, Révélations at the Grand Palais, and the International Cultural Heritage Show) and the coordination of a network of 6 sales points in Paris and elsewhere, including EMPREINTES, the largest fine craft concept store in Europe and the 1st-ranking on-line sales platform.
  • Strives to develop the cultural impact of fine craft, in particular via the creation of the Editions Ateliers d’Art de France and the organisation of the International Film Festival for Fine Crafts.
  • Federator, initiator of debates and solid defender of fine craft studios and workshops, serving heritage and creation, Ateliers d'Art de France is a platform for exchange between fine craft professionals and institutions, public authorities and society.

 *MAISON&OBJET, organised by SAFI, an Ateliers d’Art de France subsidiary, and Reed Expositions France

all about fine craft

An essential part of the creative economy, the fine craft sector reunites 38,000 businesses in France, for around 60,000 jobs and generates a turnover of 8 billion Euros. Over recent years, it has made huge progress from a legal point of view with, in particular, its acknowledgment as a global and coherent economic sector comprised of 281 fine craft trades. Yet, the ambition shared by fine craft professions to be reunited within one unique professional branch is now threatened, whereas a shared branch would promote the development of studios facing the same market challenges and sharing the same image and training. Ateliers d'Art de France is highly active, along with all associated professionals, in voicing the opinion of a sector whose economic, cultural and tourism-related impact is essential for our regions.