The mission of the Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry - le Crédac is artistic programming in the field of visual arts. Thought and organised as a place of production and experimentation for French and foreign artists, it favours the sensitive encounter between the public and the works. Events open to all audiences are organised for each exhibition.
Crédac’s programming reflects the diversity of current practices: painting, photography, video, sound, graphics, sculpture, installation, performance.
Created in 1987, Crédac moved in 2011 to the 3rd floor of the “American” building of the Manufacture des Œillets, a jewel in the crown of Ivry’s industrial heritage. This brick and steel building, built in 1913 on the American model of the Daylight Factory, with clear, modern forms reminiscent of the Chicago School and the Bauhaus, is one of the earliest examples of functionalism in France. Its all-glass façades establish a continuum between the city and the exhibition space. The historical and plastic strength of a place as well as the memory of a territory are decisive for many artists today.
This building is faithful to its original function: a production tool. It houses a creation and production workshop, a place dedicated to artistic practices and meetings with the public, as well as free access to documentation and a bookshop.
But Crédac is not defined simply in terms of square meters. It is a place of intellectual, critical and technical companionship for creators. It is a program that questions our society and responds to the critical sense of a curious public. It is an artistic and cultural project supported by public and private partners, accompanied by a committed board of directors and designed by a professional team known for its willingness to clear the ground and give artists the opportunity to expose their critical and sensitive positioning.
In September 2018, Crédac was awarded the label “Contemporary art centre of national interest” by the French Ministry of Culture.
Director: Claire Le Restif