CENTQUATRE is a place of artistic creation and production unique in the world. Open to all forms of art, this 39,000 m² (419, 792 sq. feet) space is an original architectural whole in which art meets the public head-on. The brainchild of two directors, Robert Cantarella and Frédéric Fisbach, aims in particular to highlight the singular artistic languages present at CENTQUATRE, the location for an experience rooted in the everyday. It is a place where the artistic dynamic pushes back the boundary between art and the public. At CENTQUATRE, therefore, art and culture are open to visitors as well as to passers-by and the onlookers. This powerful movement gives momentum to brand new methods of creation, production and visibility. The reception and working areas in CENTQUATRE, as well as all the programmes, festivals and events are thought out with this artistic dynamic in mind. The aim of the approach is to increase the number of channels for accessing contemporary creative art and allow unrestricted access to it.
Some thirty artistic projects will be developped each year, bringing on the coming of about 200 artists from all over the world, stayin on site at the same time. CENTQUATRE is a place of production and provides artists with the technical, financial and human resources for creating a work as well as for imagining unrestricted production and co-production methods. During their stay, artists will use the various areas provided for them according to their needs. These areas can be adapted according to the artistic orientation chosen and the work stages involved. Each artist is therefore free to explore their flexibility and give them a transient and reversible purpose. Along with the workshop openings, three festivals will be held during the year, showing the finished works of artists staying at CENTQUATRE.