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The mission of Ateliers d’Art de France

Ateliers d’Art de France makes the voice of fine craft professionals heard and works towards the acknowledgement of the role and place of fine crafts in France. Its mission is to represent and defend fine craft professionals and to contribute to the economic devilment of workshops and structuring of the sector.

The professional organisation for fine crafts gathers 6,000 workshops in France and conducts major actions for the benefit of the entire sector.

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Aude Tahon, PRESIDENT OF ATELIERS D’ART DE FRANCE

Ateliers d’Art de France gathers fine craft professionals who have chosen to come together and structure themselves to reach their markets collectively. This was made possible through the organisation of major fairs, which constitutes the core identity of Ateliers d’Art de France and gives fine craft professional a special place in our country.

Beyond the economic development of its exhibitors and the fine craft sector, Révélations relays the questions related to our profession. How can a profession exist, say what it is about and show what it is capable of if professionals cannot meet to discuss and show themselves to the world collectively?

Révélations provides a framework for debates about fine crafts and reveals our dialogues with other creation fields. Our fair opens a reflection about material creation. It stirs a global encounter where colleagues from the entire world come and meet in Paris.

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THE REVELATIONS BIENNIAL: BOLDNESS AT THE SERVICE OF INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY CREATION

The French fine craft sector is in a singular situation: professionals have gotten organised to access their markets and have been able to develop a tremendous tool – Ateliers d’Art de France. As a professional organisation entirely dedicated to the economic development, acknowledgement and structuring of the sector, it represents thousands of fine craft workshops on national territory.

Révélations is the international fine craft and contemporary creation biennial. It was created and implemented by Ateliers d’Art de France, the professional organisation for fine crafts in France.

The Révélations biennial confirms the identity and creative strength of fine crafts; the role of material artists in the international contemporary creation economy.

FINE CRAFTS, A FORWARD-LOOKING SECTOR

Fine crafts are defined by expertise in complex craftsmanship, passed on and reinvented every day, in a constant process of research and creation. They fall under a legal definition which acknowledges their artistic dimension (laws of June 2014 and July 2016), and an official list of 281 fine craft professions (ministerial decree of 24 December 2015).

Fine craft workshops are true creation laboratories. They supply the entire decoration, design and luxury markets. United in the diversity of the materials they use and carried by a permanent creative vitality, the 281 fine craft professions which make up the fine crafts sector represent an essential part of the creation economy and the beating heart of our territories: 38,000 companies based in France (85% of which are one-person companies) representing nearly 60,000 non-relocatable jobs and 8 billion euros in revenue.

Supporting the fine craft sector today is a major political stake. This forward-looking sector is the source of sustainable job creations and strongly contributes to the identity, image and attractiveness of France and its territories throughout the world.

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AT THE HEART OF THE CRISIS, A LANDMARK FOR FINE CRAFT PROFESSIONS

For decades, Ateliers d’Art de France has been fighting for the structuring, acknowledgement and unification of the fine crafts sector.

With the crisis strongly impacting fine crafts, Ateliers d’Art de France has decided to conduct a strong action to make the voice of fine crafts professionals heard in France and keep them protected by the support measures implemented by public authorities.

After promoting a petition which has received 11,700 signatures, two studies and surveys with fine crafts professionals and multiple exchanges with the administration and public decision-makers, the voice of fine craft professionals is being heard and support measures have gradually spread to fine craft workshops.

The trade association remains determined for the 281 fine craft professions to be acknowledged with one unified status, which is highly expected by all professionals, with one single professional branch and one dedicated NAF activity classification; which the sector so cruelly lacks today.

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