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Creating closeness through culture in difficult times

At New Patrons we are always close. In many places, we accompany the direct dialogue between citizens and artists who shape the future of villages, quarters and communities in joint projects. During the Corona crisis, however, this civic work is slowing down. Meetings are cancelled. Our mediators cannot travel to the projects. Artists stay at home for the time being. The virus forces us to avoid our most important workplace at the moment: The public space. But our work continues.

We are not losing our enthusiasm. Now new solutions, formats and ways are needed and we are working on many steps at once. We advertise for the financing of the projects. We plan with architects and structural engineers. We discuss the projects of citizens with administration and politics. And there is now more room for in-depth research, which is an important part of our method.

Above all, however, we see our responsibility in the coming weeks and months as being in places where culture is particularly important. While cinemas, museums or theatres have to remain closed, we will connect our projects even more closely – also with digital tools. We want to strengthen the exchange between civic groups. We are making our contribution to promoting cohesion in villages and towns. When public life is slowing down, the discussion of cultural concerns and projects is particularly important in order to keep an eye on future perspectives. Now more than ever, we need a sense of community and responsibility for our society. Our clients are shining examples of this. We will actively support them in the coming period.

We will remain in regular contact. You will hear from us! Write to us or give us a call if something is close to your heart.

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The New Patrons
of Trébédan, France

Matali Crasset, Ecole Le Ble en herbe, 2015

Trébédan, France

Les Nouveaux Commanditaires

The Le Blé En Herbe School Project

Auftraggeber: Current and former mayors parents, members of the schoolboard and the circle of friends,

Auftrag: Improve the functionality of the school premises and strengthen the social and cultural role of the school in the community.

Mediatoren: Anastassia Makridou-Bretonneau (Eternal Network),

Künstler: Matali Crasset,

Kooperationspartner und Förderer: Commune de Trébédan, CAUE des Côtes d’Armor, Fondation de France, Conseil Général des Côtes d’Armor,

Duration: 2007 – 2015

Budget: 3,000,000 €

Le Blé en Herbe is a primary and nursery school in Trébédan, a village in Brittany with 400 inhabitants. For the past eight years, the teachers have run educational projects for the school’s 64 children that closely involve parents, town councilors, and elderly members of the community. Besides breathing new life into this rural area, their initiatives ledto the creation of a group of patrons united around a new project. As part of a scheduled renovation, the patrons wanted to expand the school’s functionality and make it an environmentally friendly place for everyone. They commissioned the artist Matali Crasset, who submitted an ambitious proposal: the addition of daycare faci lities and a cafeteria; an energy-saving passive-house construction; the creation of a physical link to the village square and the surrounding nature; various sculptural elements; and shared spaces that all residents can use. The project has turned the school into a hub for activity and social interaction – a community center in the truest sense of the word.

Matali Crasset, Ecole Le Ble en herbe, 2015

Trébédan, France

Les Nouveaux Commanditaires

Matali Crasset, Ecole Le Ble en herbe, 2015

Trébédan, France

Les Nouveaux Commanditaires

Matali Crasset, Ecole Le Ble en herbe, 2015

Trébédan, France

Les Nouveaux Commanditaires

“We developed a school project aimed to offer pupils an active role in their learning experience.”

Nolwenn Guillou, School Principal and teacher, Patron

Matali Crasset, Ecole Le Ble en herbe, 2015

Trébédan, France

Les Nouveaux Commanditaires

Matali Crasset, Ecole Le Ble en herbe, 2015

Trébédan, France

Les Nouveaux Commanditaires

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