Triangle France is a non-profit contemporary arts organization, based at "La Friche Belle de Mai", a former tobacco factory located in the city center of Marseilles. Triangle France aims to promote the emerging international art scene through a challenging and experimental program of artist’s residencies, exhibitions, events, new commissions, and publications. Triangle France supports the production and presentation of new forms of artistic activity and aims to create dynamic relationships between art, artists, and audiences both locally and internationally.
Since its founding in 1995, Triangle France has established itself as one of France's most innovative organizations supporting artists at a formative point in their career. Triangle France supports emerging artists as well as artists that are under-represented in France by collaborating with them in the development, production and presentation of important new projects that enable them to take new steps in their careers.
At the heart of Triangle France’s activity is the residency program that welcomes between 9 to 12 artists a year to Marseilles and sends French artists to partner organizations abroad. The program seeks to accompany artists in their research from project inception to realization while offering public access to artistic research and to the current debates occurring in the art world.
Some of the previous residents are: Simon Starling (1997), Virginie Barré (1998), Jim Lambie (1998), Pierre Malphettes (1998), Bruno Peinado (1998), Damien Maziere (2002), Lili Reynaud Dewar (2006), Clement Rodzielski (2007), Kara Uzelman (2009), Emmanuelle Lainé (2009), Tim Braden (2009), Dominique Hurt (2011).
Triangle France seeks to enhance the cultural landscape in Marseilles by bringing internationally recognized artists to Marseilles, reaching new audiences, and generating dialogue with and around contemporary arts. Our exhibitions and events take place in the “Panorama”, the new and vast exhibition space of “La Friche Belle de Mai”, and also in partner spaces in Marseilles and elsewhere. The program takes the form of an annual season ranging from 4 to 6 months and comprising various curatorial formats and extensive research.
In 1982, British artist Anthony Caro and British collector Robert Loder founded Triangle Arts Trust (now Triangle Network). It started with an artists’ workshop in Upstate New York in the summer of the same year. The workshop brought together approximately 25 emerging and mid career artists from the US, Canada and the UK. It aimed to provide the artists with space and time to enter into dialogue and exchange ideas, knowledge and skills with each other. After the success of the initial workshops, the organizers decided to widen the geographical spread and invite artists from other countries, some of whom returned home and decided to start workshops of their own, thereby instigating the development of a network which is still growing and to date has spread to over 40 countries worldwide.
In 1994, Triangle Arts Trust had lost its original upstate New York home and started to make plans to organize a workshop in Marseilles. While a workshop was organized and held in 1995 in Luminy Art School, the possibilities of creating a permanent residency program and art organization in Marseilles was explored early on. In 1994, the non-profit status of Triangle France was created independently from the New York organization. It was made possible by Alun Williams who was a member of Triangle New York and Claire Lesteven, with help from local personalities, notably co-founder, Bernard Plasse, director of a small but well-known gallery called La Galerie du Tableau. They aroused the interest of the Fiche Belle de Mai, the vast pluri-disciplinary cultural complex, housed in a former government tobacco factory. Curator Sandra Patron joined the project in 1995 and the residency program welcomed its first artists in residence in January 1996. Sandra Patron was director of Triangle France from 1995 to 2005. In 2005, Dorothée Dupuis took the position of Director of the organization that she held until September 2012.
Céline Kopp became the current Director of the organization as of September 2012.
Today and since 1994, Triangle France is an organization independent from the Triangle Network. However, Triangle France remains a partner of the Triangle Network and welcomes the opportunity for support and exchange from this partnership.
Creating and being part of professional networks responds to the need of artists and arts organizations to communicate with one another in order to share ideas, skills and experiences. These links enable partners to play a unique role in connecting the local and the international art scenes, challenging insularity, creating further opportunities for artists and placing themselves at the forefront of the debates on international arts practice.
Internationally, Triangle France is part of "Triangle Network" an international network of artists and arts organizations that promotes dialogue, exchange of ideas and innovation within the contemporary visual arts. Through artist-led workshops, residencies, exhibitions and outreach events, the network generates peer-to-peer learning, professional development for artists and the dissemination of emerging international art practices.
For more information: www.trianglarts.org
Nationally, Triangle France is also part of the French network of residency program "arts en résidence"
For more information: http://artsenresidence.free.fr/
Locally, Triangle France is a member of "MarseilleExpos". Triangle France is also founder and member of the "Cartel" the federation of non-profit visual arts organization located at "La Friche Belle de Mai".
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Bruno Peinado - Artist
Sandra Patron - Director, Musée régional d’art contemporain du Languedoc-Roussillon, Sérignan
Camille Videcoq - Curator, Professor Aix en Provence Art School.
Lina Jabbour - Artist
Honor President /
Alun Williams - Artist and Director of Parker's Box Gallery, New York
Honor Board Member /
Claire Lesteven – Artist
Board Members /
François Quintin – Director Galeries Lafayette Foundation, Paris
André Duclos - Public accountant, Marseilles
Baptiste Lanaspèze - Independent publisher, Marseilles
Fréderic Simon – Collector, Béziers
Director of administration and finances /
Assistant Curator /
Development and education coordinator /
Residency & PR coordinator /
residence(at)trianglefrance.org / presse(at)trianglefrance.org
Triangle France is supported by the city of Marseille, Conseil Régional PACA, Conseil Général 13, la DRAC PACA, and SCIC Friche Belle de Mai.
Webmaster : Marine Ricard
phone : +33 (0)4 95 04 96 11
© TRIANGLE FRANCE 2011