The Fiminco Foundation is reinvesting a former industrial wasteland in Romainville, accessible by metro, at the gateway to Paris, in order to turn it into a resource centre for artists from all over the world, open to all audiences. Designed for artists, this new place provides them with spaces, tools and support to enable them to create an ideal working environment, favouring encounters between all art forms.
This new cultural district brings together in one place all the ingredients necessary for the creation of a true ecosystem of contemporary creation, for artists: artists’ residences, exhibition and mediation spaces, galleries, and soon performing arts structures, art craftsmen, associations and a performance hall.
By investing in these extraordinary places, the Fiminco Foundation is pursuing its mission of supporting contemporary artists and providing access to culture for all, as close as possible to the social and cultural dynamics of Greater Paris.
The first part of the project, to be inaugurated in October 2019, covers 11,000 m2 in five separate buildings, including a monumental boiler room with a 14-metre ceiling. This unique space will house the Fiminco Foundation’s international artists’ residence, exhibition spaces, seven contemporary art galleries – Air de Paris, Galerie Sator, Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, In Situ – Fabienne Leclerc, Maëlle Galerie, Galerie D. and Quai 36, the audiovisual production company Gingerlemon, the gallery – bookshop and design and book-making workshop Laurel Parker Book, a campus of the Parsons Paris School of Art and Design, as well as a printing house Après Midi Lab and the reserves of the Frac Île-de-France.
The site also houses the dance studio of the Compagnie Blanca Li.The international artists’ residency is at the heart of the project: the Fiminco Foundation’s main mission is to welcome international artists for a period of 11 months each year, to enable them to develop their work and research. Conceived as a place open to all, the Fiminco Foundation also offers visitors the opportunity to experience contemporary creation through a programme of exhibitions, events and meetings with the artists in residence.
The Foundation’s objective is not to build up and display a collection, but to support artists throughout their creative process, without compensation, by accompanying their professional development through networking with key structures and players on the Parisian art scene.
Tue – Sun 2pm – 6pm
W: Fondation Fiminco
43 rue de la Commune de Paris, 93230 Romainville