Art & culture

"Artists have long imposed constraints on themselves to stimulate their creation. None of them expected the involuntary and implacable constraints determined by COVID. Struck down, but not struck down, artists have been forced to develop side roads and ingenuity, so that, despite everything, this essential good, culture, lives on. The UM, as elsewhere, has been able to cope. Workshops of artistic practice at a distance or the continuation of artist residencies in a modified form, have allowed us not to break the link. Art and culture have not been extinguished and they will continue to question us and enchant us, as of this fall, we hope.

"Tomorrow is now an exercise in imagination," said Tiago Rodrigues, future director of the Avignon Festival, at the beginning of the pandemic. Eighteen months later, we all know something about this, and in companionship with the artists welcomed in our midst, let us continue, with ardor and imagination, to invent it.

Philippe Augé
President of the University
Agnès Fichard-Carroll
Vice President for Social Responsibility

The service offers students and staff the opportunity to experience art and contemporary cultures within the university and beyond. The program is developed in close collaboration with various members of the university community and local cultural organizations. It is regularly open to the general public, thus opening up the campuses to the city.

The hosting of artists, particularly in the context of residencies, places artistic creation at the heart of the university's cultural life. This life is also punctuated by the offer of workshops which aim to encourage the artistic practices of students and staff.

It also supports individual or collective initiatives by students, staff, university associations, components and laboratories.

The actions of the art & culture department are supported by the DRAC Occitanie.

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