Four spaces dedicated to contemporary art
Ever since its creation, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès has provided long-term support for the visual arts through an ambitious programme of exhibitions conceived by renowned curators attentive to both France’s contemporary art scene and the presentation of work by French artists abroad. Unfolding across the Foundation’s four dedicated spaces in Europe and Asia, these exhibitions often feature new work and constitute broad artistic gestures that that the public are invited to discover.
A French American Photography Commission
Immersion, a French American Photography Commission is a programme dedicated to contemporary photography. Consisting of alternating residencies between France and the United States, it brings together the creation, production and diffusion of new photographic work, attesting to the Foundation’s bold engagement in favour of this medium: each year’s laureates create original series to be shared with a wide audience through exhibitions and publications.
Carte blanche to visual artists in the Hermès workshops
Each year since 2010, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès has invited artists to explore exceptional gestures and skills at Hermès workshops through its Artists’ Residencies programme. These residencies offer the guest artists carte blanche to expand their creativity alongside Hermès craftspeople, producing original works using singular materials. The residencies lend themselves to unique dialogues and exceptional, unconventional artistic experiments.
An international programme dedicated to the performing arts
Through the annual New Settings programme, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès accompanies the creation of new performance works from their production and rehearsal stages through to their public presentation. The projects selected for New Settings all go beyond the beaten track in some way: by playing upon original combinations of different artistic practices and mediums, New Settings artists experiment with unconventional forms to expand the possibilities of the performing arts.
Discovering artisan trades in the school environment
In 2016, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès created Manufacto, the Skills Factory, an original programme designed to introduce schoolchildren to craft trades. Over the course of the school year, guest designers help pupils to discover gestures, techniques and tools as they create a contemporary, everyday object, in an initiation to the world and the skills of craft as well as to the pleasures of making.
A professional skills upgrading programme
Founded in 2014, the Skills Academy brings together the transmission of knowledge with interdisciplinary practice and prospective research. At each edition of the Academy, craftspeople, designers and engineers undertake a collective exploration of a universal material, innovating at the same time as they share their skills with one another. Though the Academy is reserved for professionals, it is also extends its reach through a programme of talks open to the public.
Amplifying artists’ voices
Through its Artists in the Community programme, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès seeks to ensure that the talents of tomorrow can pursue artistic careers and flourish in their chosen fields. Artists in the Community promotes the transmission of skills through professional training with a range of support for existing initiatives as well as a specific bursary programme designed to help students in financial difficulty to train for careers in the performing arts.
A commitment to the preservation of biodiversity
Dedicated to preserving our environment in general, and our biodiversity in particular, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès acts responsibly and collectively to support people seeking to improve our relationships to the ecosystems that surround us. The Foundation accompanies a number of projects that promote awareness, education and the sharing of sustainable ecological practices, focusing on practical initiatives that are designed in close collaboration with recognised actors in the field.
A charitable programme led by Hermès staff
Sharing the humanist and artisanal values of the house, Hermès team members are invited to undertake collective actions as part of H³ – Heart, Head, Hand, the Foundation’s philanthropic programme. The projects supported as part of H³ - all attest to a culture of mutual aid and a close involvement in local communities. They allow the Foundation to extend its charitable actions, promoting gestures of solidarity throughout our society and strengthening individual and collective engagement.