art - society - audiences - territories
artconnexion, a contemporary art organisation, has been producing unexpected, provocative encounters between artists and the public since 1994.
artconnexion creates innovative connections between artists and society through a range of cultural activities: citizen commissions, research and education projects, exhibitions, conferences, residencies and apprenticeships.
Located at 9 rue du Cirque in Lille’s old town, this house is the starting point for all our projects. It is a place of hospitality, learning, exchange of knowledge, artistic experimentation and encounters.
From pigeon fanciers based in Beauvois-en-Cambrésis (59), to the staff of the CHR hospital in Lille, from the town of Ault in the Somme (80), to the Setouchi Islands in Japan, artconnexion develops and co-develops projects locally, nationally and internationally.
Amanda Crabtree - director and lead curator
Amanda Crabtree established artconnexion in 1994 and joined the organisation full-time in 2001. Prior to this, she worked at the British Council, Paris, Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing, Le Magasin contemporary art centre, Grenoble and the Centre d'art contemporain of Geneva. She currently directs artconnexion and curates major exhibitions and public realm projects. She teaches in the Art department of the University of Lille and directs the Master's programme 'Art & Society' with a particular focus on the production of contemporary art works within the public realm. She has just established a University Diploma short-course for arts professionals entitled “Reclaiming art”. She is a member of the Lille University laboratories CEAC and LACTH. Her research interests focus on public art practice and she is currently writing on the work of American artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles.
Bruno Dupont - New Patrons consultant
Bruno Dupont is co-founder of artconnexion, and since 2000 has been the mediator-producer for the New Patrons programme initiated by the Fondation de France;
Sébastien Deltombe - administrator and production manager
After studying public law and visual arts at the University of Lille, Sébastien Deltombe went on to gain experience in the production of art projects. In 2016, he accompanied the artists Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson during their residency at the Pinault Collection in Lens. In 2018, he collaborated with Residency Unlimited in Brooklyn, N.Y. He joined the artconnexion team as administrator and production manager in August 2018.
Ninon Martin - education and communication officer
After studying private law and art history at the University of Tours, Ninon Martin discovered curatorial and exhibition practice in 2015. She pursued her education in the Master Arts Exhibition / Production of Contemporary Art at the University of Lille. She was the first Civic service intern in 2019 and joined the artconnexion team as education and communication officer September 2021.
- Kevin Farrell - chairperson
- Aude Fernez - secretary
- Francis Logié - treasurer
- Gilles Froger
- Yves Ducrocq
- Pascale Logié
- Olive Kavanagh
- Godeleine Vanhersel
- Elisa Lombard
- Flore Chetcuti
- Flore Chetcuti
- Zoé Baetens
- Hélène Sumian
- Marie Pleintel
- Louise Marion
- Emilie Courtel
- Baptiste Fabre
- Agathe Renard
- Julie Parenty
- Flavie Leleux
- Camille Martel
- Maryline Migot
- Amélie Diet
- Adeline Keunebrock
- Delphine Silly
- Natacha Détré
- Vanessa Camerani
9 rue du cirque 59000 Lille France
T 03 20 21 10 51
Local public transport
→ Subway lignes 1 & 2 — Stop Lille Flandres
Subway ligne 1 — Stop Rihour
→ Bus numéro 9 — Stop Lyon d'Or
→ Shuttle bus of Vieux-Lille (stop on request)
→ Bike station - V’lille — N.D. de la Treille
Wednesday – Saturday, 3–6pm
Or by arrangement:
Closed on national holidays
Membership & donations
artconnexion needs you!
In order to produce new events and exhibitions accessible for everyone, we need you!
Do you want to help?
Becoming a member of artconnexion is the easiest way and enables you to access many advantages.
- a membership card designed by artist Anne-Émilie Philippe
- a free publication of your choice
- unlimited access to the library (by appointment)
- exclusive meetings with artists and studio visits
Do you want to do more?
Become an exclusive member. Your donations enable the following:
- a 50 € donation could enable us to purchase 3 books for the artconnexion library
- a 100 € donation could enable us to fund a contemporary art discovery workshop
- a 200 € donation could enable us to fund an artist's multiple
- a 500 € donation could enable us to fund a trip abroad for an artist's residency project
- a 1000 € donation could enable us to produce part of an exhibition
Become a member !
artconnexion benefits from the support of the DRAC Hauts-de-France - Ministère de la Culture, the Région Hauts-de-France, the département du Nord, the département du Pas-de-Calais, the département de la Somme, the Métropole Européenne de Lille, the Ville de Lille, the Institut français, the Fondation de France and the Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso.
Le FEDER - Fonds Européen de Développement Régional Bretagne supports the Initium Maris project.