Designed as a kind of intermediary between a multimedia library and a theater, CAC Brétigny is not merely open to its surroundings. From the creation of on-site artworks that make it possible to take over and significantly alter a site, to involving amateur groups in producing and appreciating art, CAC Brétigny has always emphasized its singularity by paying special attention to the women and men who form the center and help it to grow, artists, craftsmen, students, pupils, researchers, inhabitants, technicians, and so many others…
Our current age is marked by a number of changes which art practices are rooted in, be it the reconfiguration of knowledge and territories, the sharing of technologies, the questioning of democratic institutions, the questioning of identities, or the profusion of images. These evolutions are inducing artists to constantly push themselves and their work further in the era we are living through and to come up with new possibilities for the times. They are taking over processes of making art with others, creating alternative systems of understanding and modes of production, and disseminating new forms of knowledge. It is a creative drive that is also found in university research, industrial development, and amateur practices. And one that resonates with the growing multicultural diversity of territories as well.
Responding to these changes, CAC Brétigny has focused on supporting and helping to sustain these artistic and cultural practices, and offering them a range of spaces in which they can develop and thrive. CAC Brétigny has been fashioning a structure and a program of events and exhibitions that make both artists and audiences true end users. The program of art events includes all the activities of the art center, from communications to production to outreach. Witness the residency for creativity and research which involved the graphic designers Coline Sunier & Charles Mazé. They came up with an identity for CAC Brétigny that is an ever-evolving joint construction with the center. It is a project that embodies CAC Brétigny, which is diverse and open, like any space that wants to remain vibrant and alive and continue to be relevant.
A public service of Cœur d’Essonne Agglomération, CAC Brétigny benefits from the support of Ministère de la Culture—DRAC Île-de-France, Région Île-de-France and Conseil départemental de l’Essonne, and with the complicity of the Brétigny-sur-Orge's municipality. CAC Brétigny is a member of TRAM and d.c.a.
Céline Poulin took over as director of CAC Brétigny in June 2016. She began her career as a freelance curator in 2004 and headed the Bureau des publics, the audience-outreach office, of Crédac (Ivry-sur-Seine), before overseeing programing for Hors les murs/Extramural at Parc Saint Léger (Pougues-les-Eaux) from 2010 to 2015. Céline has specialized in the questions of art production in specific contexts, and the many projects she has worked on and shepherded to completion have experimented with a range of exhibition and event formats. They have always displayed special attention to the public reception of the work and initiatives undertaken in terms of information, communications, and collaboration. She has overseen a number of exhibition and event programs, including "Les Incessants" at the Villa du Parc in Annemasse; "A SPACE IS A SPACE IS A SPACE" at DAZ in Berlin in 2015 in partnership with BDAP of the Institut français; "Traucum" at Parc Saint Léger in 2014; "Brigadoon" at La Tôlerie in 2013; and "Les belles images" at the Box in 2009–2010.
Since 2015 she has codirected with Marie Preston and in collaboration with Stéphanie Airaud the seminar "Héritage et modalités des pratiques de co-création" (Heritage and practical modalities of joint artmaking) produced by Université Paris 8 Vincennes–Saint-Denis, CAC Brétigny and MAC VAL, in partnership with the Villa Vassilieff. This work is a natural extension of Micro-Séminaire, published in 2013, which theorizes curatorial practices outside of the spaces usually devoted to art.
Céline is a member and cofounder of the curatorial research collective Le Bureau/, which has put together some dozen exhibitions to date, including "Le syndrome de bonnard" at the Villa du Parc in partnership with Mamco, Geneva; "Uchronie, stories of collections", with Frac Franche-Comté, GKK, and the Institut français of Prague; "Un plan simple" at the Maison populaire de Montreuil; "P2P" at the Casino du Luxembourg; "La marge d’erreur" at CAC-Synagogue de Delme; and "35h" at the Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers. She is also a member of IKT and C-E-A.
Thibault Lambert holds a law degree from the Université Paris XIII–CNAM and practiced law for five years at an insurance company, before changing directions professionally and joining the world of the performing arts as a production manager and later administrator. He was notably an administrator at Parc Saint Léger between 2013 and 2016.
Elena Lespes Muñoz
Communication and public outreach manager
In parallel of her formation in Art History (University of Paris I and University of São Paulo), Elena Lespes Muñoz trained as project coordinator in contemporary art at the Kadist Foundation. She worked for the association Artesur, Aline Vidal Gallery and as freelance curator (Le bruit des choses qui tombent, FRAC-PACA, 2017; Video SUR, Palais de Tokyo, 2018)
Technical and public outreach manager
Holder of a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Master's degree in Works Management and Exhibition Mounting, Milène Denécheau trained as a stage manager at Frac Bretagne and Galerie Danysz. At the same time, she is developing her practice of mediation within the art-expression association specialized in the creation and dissemination of contemporary art.
Production and residency programmes assistant (civil service)
A graduate of the University of Nanterre with a licence in art history, Camille Martin trained in public outreach at the Rencontres d’Arles and la maison rouge. In 2017, she joined the Master Métiers et arts de l’exposition program at the University of Rennes 2 and has worked as both a production assistant and an exhibition curator.
Communication and public outreach assistant (stage)
After a degree in art history at the University Panthéon Sorbonne, Cathy Crochemar began a master's degree in cultural management at the EAC Paris. She is trained in mediation and communication at the Fondation Clément and at the Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin. In 2018, she joined the French Association of University Women Graduates.
Administrative hub (Espace Jules Verne)
- Director: Sophie Mugnier
- Administrator: Virginia Grangis
- Assistant Administrator: Céline Semence
- Administrative Assistant and Accountant: Isabelle Dinouard
- Assistant Accountant: Nadine Monferme
- Guard: Emmanuel Préau
- Maintenance Technician: Rachid Boubekeur