Take part in Arts & Publics! the new international meeting place forArt Explora


As part of the third edition of the European Art Explora Prize - Académie des beaux-arts, and in partnership with NewsTank Culture, the foundation is inaugurating its first international event, Arts et Publics!  

Designed to shed light on contemporary issues relating to audience participation, this major event will be an opportunity to share innovative practices for renewing the dialogue between the arts and audiences.  

This event, which is free of charge with registration, is open to all.  

On the program:

6:00 p.m.: Panel discussion "Reinventing public participation: a long-term adventure".

With contributions from :  

  • Daniel Azzopardi, Artistic Director, Spazju Kreattiv Foundation (Malta)  
  • Fériel Bakouri, Director of Points communs - Nouvelle Scène nationale de Cergy-Pontoise et du Val d'Oise (France)  
  • Nathalie Bondil, Director of the Museum and Exhibitions Department at the Arab World Institute (France)  
  • Patrick Fox, Director of Heart of Glass (UK)  
  • Marie Lavandier, Director, Musée du Louvre-Lens (France)  

NewsTank Culture presents the Great Debate:

Audience participation has long been part of the process of broadening and diversifying audiences. The general aim is to move from "consumer" audiences, whether spectators or visitors, to "actor" audiences, in response to a number of concomitant concerns: to push back the limits of cultural democratization, which is still incomplete or imperfect; to promote the cultural rights of every individual; to enable artists who so wish to establish direct and fruitful contact with the public; to reach out to audiences who are remote or prevented from attending, for geographical, social or generational reasons. Added to this, in the first half of the 21st century, is the need to take account of changes in society and the new aspirations that have emerged within it, the need for individual expression, for involvement in decision-making, for inclusion in modes of cultural production and dissemination. We're always working on something new: audience participation is constantly being reinvented, with each generation of cultural managers, with each new or redesigned institution, with each new initiative, we might add. And why? Because with each new initiative comes the birth or rebirth of an unchanging ambition: a unique and precious encounter between art and its audience. Co-creation of works, association with the venue's programming, setting up workshops or various experiments with specific populations... the forms are manifold, commensurate with the creativity and audacity of their initiators. All the more so in the digital age, when digital tools are a formidable means of cultural mediation. So let's give a voice to the innovators, to those who "manufacture" the participation of today's audiences - artists, directors of institutions, association leaders - so that they can testify to their experiences and the lessons they learn from them.

7.10pm: Presentation of the European Art Explora Prize - Académie des beaux-arts 2022

Open to all European cultural organizations, from all artistic sectors, the European award supports innovative practices in audience access, participation and engagement that can be shared across Europe.  

20 prizewinners were shortlisted by a jury of Foundation volunteers, divided into 3 categories according to their annual income. For the European Art Explora Award - Académie des beaux-arts, 1 winner per category will be chosen.  

The European award ceremony will be hosted by Frédéric Jousset, founder of Art Explora, and Laurent Petitgirard, composer and perpetual secretary ofAcadémie des beaux-arts.  

7:30 pm: Cocktail reception

Practical information:

December 14, 2022  

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Institut de France, Paris