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The Artistic Development and Co-operation Department



In order to better respond to the challenges faced by French artists, professionals and cultural institutions to develop internationally, the Artistic Development and Co-operation Department (DDCA) has recently redefined its strategy. Accordingly, it is evolving from a model based on artistic and cultural dissemination, towards a model of co-operation and co-construction with its partners.

The DDCA brings together 15 disciplines covering the performing arts, music, visual arts, architecture and urban planning, fashion and design. It also manages the Mission for African and Caribbean Cultural Co-operation, which is a programme of support for cultural artists in African society and assistance for travel to France for African designers. It brings together 21 employees, all experts in their field.

To better meet these challenges, the DDCA now combines its sector expertise with new offers for its main users:

  • artists and cultural professionals,
  • cultural institutions,
  • the external cultural network,
  • operators from the African continent and the Caribbean.



Three hubs for users and a mission of cultural co-operation reflect the reorganisation of the DDCA:

  1. An Artists and Professionals hub, which is a resource hub for artists and cultural professionals in their international projects: supporting artistic teams in their export strategy, support for dissemination, “Institut français rendez-vous” in association with local authorities, and joint actions with other international cultural institutions (Onda, Artcena, Avignon Festival);
  2. A hub for Artistic Support for the Network whose mission is to offer resources and expertise to the cultural network outside France with modes of intervention adapted to territories and partners:  co-operation projects designed with posts; La Collection, a catalogue of lightweight artistic proposals certified by French institutions, and developed in a context of bringing together the networks of the Instituts français and Alliances françaises; coordination of local and specialised offices;
  3. An Institutions and Engineering hub which steers national representations internationally (including the French Pavilion at the Venice Biennale - art and architecture), and supports French cultural networks in their structuring at European level and institutions to promote their expertise;
  4. A cross-cutting mission of cultural co-operation in the Africa and Caribbean zone that develops new mechanisms combining art, culture and social relationships with the continent.

Four major challenges drive the renewed DDCA strategy:

  1. The European challenge: this involves promoting better mutual knowledge of the players in Europe and promoting common medium-term projects.
  2. The challenge of the Africa and Caribbean zone: the Africa 2020 season and the Overseas Plan (2018) invite us to renew the relationship with operators and artists in these regions (Africa and Caribbean creative programme).
  3. The challenge of renewing sectoral policies in certain key sectors: visual arts, music, design, architecture and fashion (2019-2020).
  4. The challenge of monitoring French artistic presence around the world (studies, panoramas etc.).