Photo Eric Tabuchi
Photo Eric Tabuchi

The con­tem­po­rary art centre Les Capucins is located in Embrun in the Hautes-Alpes. Taking place in a church ren­o­vated in 2011, it pro­grammes exhi­bi­tions and events within its walls, from April to November, and out­side the walls throughout the year.

Artists are most often invited to create new pieces, taking into account the specific con­text of the host venue. This involve­ment on the pro­duc­tion side, cou­pled with the prospec­tive work, allows the art centre to posi­tion itself, not as a simple relay of what has already been exhib­ited, but at the begin­ning of the chain of dif­fu­sion.

In par­allel to exhi­bi­tions and artistic events (per­for­mances, read­ings, con­certs, video pro­jec­tions...), Les Capucins reg­u­larly offers meet­ings with art pro­fes­sionals as well as screen­ings of doc­u­men­tary films, the Apéros Docs.

An indi­vidual accom­pa­ni­ment is sys­tem­at­i­cally pro­posed to each vis­itor of the exhi­bi­tions. Rather than a visit, this meeting takes the form of an exchange, most often informal, around the issues raised by the works pre­sented.

The con­tem­po­rary art centre has also devel­oped an aware­ness pro­gramme for schoolchil­dren, who come from all over the depart­ment to take advan­tage of the visits and work­shops. Les Capucins receives more than 1,000 stu­dents for each of the exhi­bi­tions.

Finally, since 2017, the con­tem­po­rary art centre has been offering two res­i­den­cies for research and exper­i­men­ta­tion, one by invi­ta­tion and one by an open call for pro­jects.