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Launch of the partnership between Fondation Thalie and the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris

Fondation Thalie is pleased to announce the launch of a partnership with the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris for the 3rd season of the series of conversations  “Creators facing Climate Emergency”.

On a monthly basis, these meetings between artists and scientists aim to raise public awareness, particularly among the younger generation of creators, of the need to invent new imaginaries of transition, to reflect on new ways of designing and producing with biomaterials: How does the impact of global warming already generate new ways of living in the world, more respectful of planetary limits?

Launched in 2020 by the Foundation on the initiative of Nathalie Guiot, the series of conversations Creators facing the climate emergency mobilizes the bold vision of the artist to imagine possible futures and invites the sharing of knowledge, by collaborating with researchers to reveal scientific facts through the experience of the sensitive. With more than 50 artists and scientists invited in two years, these meetings, attended by more than 65,000 people, aim to create collaborations between these two disciplines.

Based on a curatorial proposal by Fondation Thalie, this third season hosted at the École des Arts Décoratifs is organised by Stefano Vendramin, coordinator of the programme Creators facing the climate emergency, in co-construction with Francesca Cozzolino, teacher in human and social sciences, and Patrick Laffont-DeLojo, teacher in stage design at the École des Arts Décoratifs

Inaugural encounter on October 26, 2022 with artist and choreographer Tino Sehgal and environmental journalist, and Founder of the Momentum Institute Agnès Sinaï, on the theme “Creating without destroying”, available in video replay and in podcast on the Foundation’s website.




Artists have an infinite capacity to be precursors in the invention of new forms. Yesterday’s practices must be overturned through artistic creation. This means conceiving new narratives and new forms and methods of production. Through the medium of emotion and imagination, artists are able to mobilise us, a particularly urgent impetus given impending climate issues and the immense challenges that our society faces. Our role as a cultural actor is thus to involve and support the young generation towards new ways of thinking about and creating a carbon-free world.

Nathalie Guiot, curator et Founder of the Fondation Thalie


There is no art more urgent than that of living together, no design more necessary than that of a shared planet, made up of both the living and the non-living. Hosting the series “Creators facing climate emergency”, conceived in partnership with the Fondation Thalie, is part of the mission of our School: to train students, not just so that they fit into the world, but so that they can transform it. Enabling these meetings with artists recognised for their artistic commitment in favor of the reconfiguration of our living environment – both imaginary and real, visual and material, analogue and digital, natural and artificial – is to give the means to our young generation of creators and designers to conceive and implement solutions to the great ecological concern of our time.

Emmanuel Tibloux, Director of the École des Arts Décoratifs


The École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs

A wellspring for intellectual, creative and artistic development for over 250 years, the École des Arts Décoratifs Paris aims to give the new generation of artists, designers and creators the tools they need to transform tomorrow’s world. Every year the École des Arts Décoratifs trains over 800 students in 10 departments (Art, Interior Architecture, Animation, Graphic Design, Product Design, Textile and Texture Design, Fashion Design, Printed Image, Photography/Video and Stage Design). Students who are committed to producing the material, visual and imaginary environment that reflect today’s world and reflecting on changes in the social and artistic landscape.

With a unique educational model, a remarkably outward-looking approach and an exceptional research centre, the École des Arts Décoratifs ranks as one of the top art, design and fashion schools.

The École des Arts Décoratifs is an institute of higher learning under the authority of the Ministry of Culture and Communication and a partner of Université PSL (Paris Sciences & Lettres).


Emmanuel Tibloux is Director of the École des Arts Décoratifs since 2018, formerly Director of the Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-arts de Lyon. A former student of the École normale supérieure de Fontenay-Saint-Cloud, he has directed the École supérieure d’art et de design de Saint-Etienne, the École régionale des beaux-arts de Valence and the Institut français de Bilbao.

Emmanuel Tibloux’s project for the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs takes into account the specificities of this school of excellence which welcomes more than 800 students per year. In 2019, he initiated the plan for a “School of Transition”, making the School of Decorative Arts the first higher education institution to adopt an ecological transition plan.