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From october 1992 on, an invitation of the City of Marseille, the organization Astérides is sheltered on the first floor of Les Magasins, on the underground site of la Friche la Belle de Mai.

The organization is by then composed of four artists, who build the first studios in the ancient catering rooms of the Seita factory (Gilles Barbier, Sandrine Raquin, Jean-Christophe Nourisson and Claire Maugeais). Responding to the growing need of young artists for experimentation spaces, Astérides offers them temporary occupation’s periods of its studios. 
The first residents are received in march 1993 by Astérides’ founding artists. From this moment on, a collective motivation will stand central for the progressive configuration of new studios, as well as for the structuration of Astérides’ entity.

Astérides support the young creation in contemporary art through residency programs for artists and curators, but also by exhibitions, catalogs edition, workshop time and multiple art pieces production.

Twice a year there is a calling for application for residency program, jury select artist. During six months each artist gets a 90m2 studio at la Friche la Belle de Mai and a residency grant. During this period Astérides organize studio visit, networking with professionals and give time to artist to do some research and work with the other artist also a curator, who is invited in residency. This teamwork will give a free meeting, an exhibition and a catalog edition.

Astérides encourage international exchange ; it is part of a program with l’iaab at Bâle (Switzerland) and with la Fonderie Darling (Montréal). Those programs give the opportunity to foreign artist and curators to come to Astérides and find the best working and producing conditions. It is working on the same way for French artist going over there.

Astérides activities spread to a large audience, because of its exhibitions, which mix new and older artist at la Friche la Belle de Mai place. Astérides develop multiple art pieces production and diffuse it in art fair, bookstores and on its website. Also conception, realization and diffusion of publications connect to the organization activities.

The organization wants to be a place where young artist can find tools for integrate the professional art circuit.

Astérides is a member of marseilleexpos – Marseille network art places and galleries – Cartel – federation of La Friche la Belle de Mai art organization (Astérides, Documents d’artistes, Group / Art-O-Rama, Le Dernier Cri, Sextant et plus and Triangle France) and is a founder member of Arts en residence – national network (federation of residency artist in France).

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