Mains d'Œuvres - Saint Ouen

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Name of the responsible structure : Mains d’Œuvres
Type of the structure : non for profit organization
Initiators of the project : different non for profit organizations
Continent : Europe
Country : France
Address: 1 rue Charles Garnier 93400 Saint-Ouen
Tel : + 33 1 40 11 25 25
Fax : + 33 1 40 11 25 24
Mail :
Website :
Contact : Magali Terrier, communication officer


Mains d’Œuvres is a cultural place open to contemporary research in the fields of arts and society. This place of work residencies, public events, meeting and experiences aims at welcoming artists from all disciplines, as well as associative and citizen experiences.

The functioning of Mains d’Œuvres relies on decompartmentalization, interaction, exchange and partnership with numerous public and private entities. The place is dedicated to all the people who seek synergies, interfaces, whatever are their artistic - music, visual arts, dance, theatre, multimedia... - or thinking and action fields - education, politics, information and communication technologies, international co-operation...

Mains d’Œuvres proposes technical, logistics and human resources to the resident artists and associations in order to accompany them in their projects and artistic production. Thus, Mains d’Œuvres intends to supply all the best conditions for the development of creations and new experiences willing to link art, culture and society.

Mains d’Œuvres also collaborates with numerous national and international networks.

This 4000m² space, with its unfinished and friendly touch, generates activity and creativity. Mains d’Œuvres wants to settle on a long run scheme while remaining adapted to the permanent evolution of the system.

Former use : a cultural and sports committee for employees of the French firm Valeo
Surface of the site : 4000m²
Architect of the rehabilitation : Nicolas Rosier
Foundation year : 1998
Type of occupation : lease
Owner of the building : City council of Saint-Ouen


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 Production studio
 17 music rehearsal studios (from 20 to 40 m²) : 8 for residencies/9 for hour rental/1 drum room/1 image and sound multimedia studio
 concert hall : 125 m²/300 pers
 restaurant : 150 m²
 gymnasium : 500m² meant for all kinds of disciplines (dance, circus, theatre, visual art, sports, etc.)
 6 studios for artists and companies
 conference hall : 100 seats
 art gallery/exhibition room: 250 m²
 dance hall
 1 multimedia training centre
 associative spaces : 1 "ppinire associative" (offices for starting associations), 1 "ple associatif", 3 offices for resident associations
 resources centre

Social and artistic disciplines:

Contemporary theatre : residencies / diffusion / rental spaces

Music : residencies / creation / production / diffusion / training workshop / rental spaces

Contemporary dance :
residencies / creation / production / diffusion / training workshop / debate / rental spaces

Heritage-Architecture : diffusion / debate / conference

Visual arts : residencies / creation / production / diffusion / training workshop / debate / conference

Circus : rental spaces

Street performing art : rental spaces

Multimedia : residencies / creation / diffusion / training workshop / debate / conference

Cinema-Audiovisual : diffusion / rental spaces

Radio-Television : diffusion / rental spaces

Solidarity-Citizenship : residencies / production / training workshop / debate / conference / rental spaces

Press : residencies / rental spaces

Other structures settled on the site


 Arts sensitifs (digital arts)
  Ark (musician)
 AS Dragon/Tricatel (musicians)
  Black Strobe (musician)
  Charlie O (musician)
  Compagnie Anonyme (dance)
  deValence (graphic designers)
  Etienne Jaumet (musician)
  FlyTrap (musicians)
 Helen Evans et Heiko Hansen (digital arts, design)
  Herman Dne (musicians)
  IXKIZIT Cie Joel Borges (dance)
  Julien Saglio (visual arts)
  Keity Anjoure (dance)
 Kiwat Compagnie (dance)
  Les Semeurs (theatre, mouvement)
 Les Souffleurs (theatre)
 Mendelson (musicians)
 Moov’n Aktion (association)
 Sciapode - Emilie Blzat (theatre and dance)
  Synesthsie (artistic electronic magazine)
 The Married Monk (musicians)
 Vronique Caye (theatre, visual arts)

 A tous les tages (association)
 ASILES (association)
 Batik International (association)
 Caranovana (association)
 Disco Babel (association)
 Du Zieu dans les Bleus (Theatre company)
 Ktha compagnie (Theatre company)
 LAPLATEFORME (association)
 Panamako (association)
 Studio de sculpture sociale (association)
 VECAM (association)

Financial partners

City of Saint-Ouen
Department of Seine-Saint-Denis
Ministry of Culture and Communication
Caisse des dpts et des consignations
Region Ile-de-France
France Active



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Modified on Monday 11 May 2009