Mains D'Oeuvres

Full Member / France

Space for Artistic and Civic Imagination

Mains d’Œuvres was born out of a foundational desire: to transmit creation to all, to render the capacity to imagine, feel, and create our society together. Through exhibitions, concerts, performances, workshops, and encounters during the creative processes and in the exploration of innovative artistic forms.

Independent Space for Creation and Dissemination

Also a space for research and experimentation intended to welcome artists from all disciplines, associative and civic initiatives, the association Mains d’Œuvres, founded in 1998, is located in the former social and sports center of the Valeo Factories, a 4000 m² building on the outskirts of the Saint-Ouen Flea Market. The space opened its doors to the public in January 2001. Anchored in the territory, in constant search of sensitive intersections connecting art and society, Mains d’Œuvres is decidedly a diverse space, open to all.

Space for Supporting Artistic Practices

Mains d’Œuvres aims to induce other possibilities in supporting artistic practices. Primarily through residency programs, Mains d’Œuvres accompanies artists and project leaders in their research. In addition to providing workspace, project support is at the heart of the program, finding human and logistical solutions for projects and creations, in a spirit of participation and mutualisation.

What makes your organisation unique?

art and citizen imagination

  • Facilities
  • Art Gallery
  • Library
  • Large Concert Hall (audience capacity: more than 300)
  • Outdoor stage
  • Artists Studio
  • Rehearsal or Practice Room
  • Music Recording Studio
  • Multimedia or Audiovisual Studio
  • MusicNotesSimple Small Concert hall (audience capacity: less than 300)
  • Factory Multifunction Hall
  • Restaurant
  • Courtyard
  • Garden
  • Coffee Café / Bar
  • Large Theatre (audience capacity: more than 200)
  • MaskHappy Small Theatre (audience capacity: less than 200)
  • Black box
  • Shop or other retail space
  • Show Room
  • Conference Room

  • Work areas
  • Multimedia and interactive Arts
  • Crafts
  • Community and Relational Arts
  • Democratic and civil society development
  • Gastronomy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • MusicNotesSimple Music
  • MaskHappy Visual Arts
  • Theatre / Performance
  • Dance
  • Literature
  • Publishing
  • Media (Radio & TV)
  • Architecture and Urbanism
  • Technology
  • Software
  • IT and Gaming
  • Movie Film
  • Circus
  • Advertisement and Marketing
  • Fashion
  • Science
  • Sports
  • Palette Art residencies

  • Activities
  • Research
  • Exhibition and Programming
  • Education and Training
  • Production
  • Mediation
  • Archiving and Conservation
  • Financing and grant making
  • Leaf Distribution

  • Former use of space
  • Sports and Recreation Building

  • European Solidarity Corps
  • Sending organisation
  • Hosting organisations

  • TEH Membership