The Frac-Artothèque Nouvelle-Aquitaine is an approved body that permits tax relief for charitable donations and whose mission is the acquisition and display of artworks, as well as interaction with a wide public in order to help shed light on these works. A unique partnership in France, the Frac-Arto brings together two separate collections: that of the Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain and the one from the Artothèque. Over 7500 works are available to view through exhibitions, cultural events and partnerships with other bodies and local authorities. By putting together a collection that is varied, nomadic and always evolving, the Frac-Arto contributes to the democratisation of art and encourages links between the local region and its communities.

The artistic and cultural programme

As a reference document, the aim of the Artistic and Cultural Programme is to define the artistic, operational, and political strategy of the Frac-Artothèque Nouvelle-Aquitaine. The 2025-2028 artistic and cultural project is currently being written. It will be published at the end of 2024.

The rue Charles Michel site

Restored and modernized by the French architectural partnership Jakob+MacFarlane, the new premises of the Frac-Artothèque Nouvelle-Aquitaine occupies a historical industrial site dating from the 19th century, in the city center of Limoges, 17 bis rue Charles Michels. Thanks to its glass roof, the 1900m2 space benefits from natural light which provides the best possible conditions for exhibiting artwork. With a façade connected to an immersive cube, these two digital installations are meant to be used creatively by artists. They will allow visitors to enjoy an extraordinary interactive experience.
As an emblematic venue of the contemporary art scene, the Frac-Arto embraces projects that come from the local area, from the whole of France and internationally.

The team

Présidence & Direction

Frédéric Bernardaud


Catherine Texier

Directrice générale
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Stéphanie Retière-Secret

Directrice adjointe
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Gestion administrative

Anthony Goyeneche

Assistant ressources humaines
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Pôle Développement & Création

Catherine Beyrand

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Olivier Beaudet

Responsable du service des publics, référent pour l’Enseignement Supérieur & Éducation Nationale
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Elisa Ball

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Philippe Charly

Coordinateur Artothèque
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Marine Hebert

Chargée de production
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Anne-Fleur Merlaud

Chargée des actions de médiation
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Pôle Collections

Céline Nouaille

Chargée de la diffusion des collections
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Isabelle Rocton

Responsable des collections Frac et Artothèque
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Romain Thomas

Régisseur référent numérique
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Our Partners

State and Region

The Frac-Artothèque Nouvelle-Aquitaine is financed by the Région Nouvelle Aquitaine and the Ministère de la Culture/Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

Professional Networks

The Frac-Artothèque is a member of several professional networks which are dedicated to the promotion of contemporary art.

The association for development and research for artothèques (ADRA), is currently made up of thirty members, and its mission is to examine issues relating to artistic practice, the dissemination, and the communication/elucidation of contemporary art. Beyond these objectives, ADRA is a network of individuals and structures designed to facilitate collective action (exhibitions, residencies, publishing, grants for artists….), exchange ideas, and share experiences of a profession that works tirelessly, in close contact with the public, to promote art and artists.

Created in June 2018, Astre – the visual arts network for the Nouvelle-Aquitaine – aims to support and promote creative visual arts, to make art accessible for everyone, and to make sure that the visual arts sector in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine evolves in an unbiased, cooperative, and collective way.
The network’s members include several museums, art centers, galleries, art collectives, artothèques, artists residencies, document collections, and art schools, as well as the three Fonds régionaux d’art contemporain of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine. It supports artists, produces and circulates contemporary art, trains future professional for the sector, and researches contemporary creativity.

CIPAC is a federation of contemporary art professionals. Created in 1997 CIPAC brings together professionals who work in the production, dissemination, and the communication/elucidation of contemporary art in France.
CIPAC is the federation of professional organizations that represent institutions and individuals who work in the promotion of contemporary visual art in France. It represents the diversity of the structures and activities that make up and enliven this sector of activity, and it works towards the collective interest of its members.

Created in December 2005 the Platform association – a network of the Fonds régionaux d’art contemporain, brings together the twenty-two Fonds régionaux d’art contemporain with the following common objectives:
• To represent the Fracs and to protect their collective interests
• Reinforce the material and immaterial assets of the Fracs through national and international projects
• Structure the network around the organization of meetings, and the sharing of resources and professional tools.
Platform works on a partnership basis that aims to enhance the structural role of the Fracs in order to promote contemporary art throughout the country with one highlight being the Wefrac weekend. The Frac network frequently organizes exhibitions of the Frac collections abroad.

BLA! – the national association of contemporary art mediators was created in 2017 with the aim of bringing together the network of professionals and structures in this area of activity, to share resources, to assist in their training and to reflect on the evolution of the profession.

Major Partners

The Frac-Artothèque benefits from the support of several businesses which, thanks to their financial aid, promote access to art for all.