What is Frac Nord-Pas de Calais?
The Fonds régionaux d’art contemporain (Frac), created in 1982 by the Ministry of Culture as part of its decentralisation program, are very special phenomena in the French cultural landscape. Their principal mission is to establish a collection of international contemporary art, to make it available to a broad public, to raise the public’s awareness of contemporary art through outreach activities and to pay special attention to contemporary young artists through support for artistic production.
Frac Nord-Pas de Calais, the first Frac to be founded, in 1983, is a multidisciplinary cultural space. A veritable laboratory of contemporary art, the Frac is alive with art and artists the public is invited to become familiar with and to come out and meet.
Based in Dunkirk since 1996, Frac Nord-Pas de Calais is one of the few Fracs with an international dimension, as seen both in the wealth of its collection, which includes nearly 1,500 works of contemporary art, and in the activities and collaborations it has carried out since its founding.
Recently relocated next to the AP2, which bears witness to a bygone era of France’s shipyards, Frac Nord-Pas de Calais is reaffirming its commitment to developing new and innovative outreach activities. The public, at the heart of the project, is an active participant: through its interactive platforms, discussions and encounters, the Frac is a unique venue for participative projects.
Located in a unique geographical border zone at a European crossroads, Frac Nord-Pas de Calais aspires to become a locomotive for contemporary artistic creation in the region and thereby to contribute to the dynamic presence of Nord-Pas de Calais beyond its borders. Unique ties with Belgium, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands provide the Frac with numerous opportunities, from the creation of a platform for professional exchanges to the development of collaborations with contemporary art institutions and participation in major projects.
Support for Frac Nord-Pas de Calais
Support for the Frac comes from the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication/Direction générale de la création artistique, the Direction régionale des affaires culturelles Nord-Pas de Calais, the Conseil Régional Nord-Pas de Calais, the Dunkerque Grand Littoral/Communauté urbaine, the Ville de Dunkerque, the Conseil Général du Nord, the Conseil Général du Pas-de-Calais and the Rectorat de l’Académie de Lille.