The Aubusson tapestry is a highly regarded French expertise recognized by UNESCO, which inscribed it on the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list in 2009. The Cité internationale de la tapisserie in Aubusson was established in 2010 in response to this recognition, with four main missions: • conservation, presentation, and dissemination of a reference collection on Aubusson tapestry • implementation of a proactive policy of contemporary creation, including the establishment of the Contemporary Fund of the Cité internationale de la tapisserie • perpetuation of the complete and preserved production sector • implementation of a territorial development strategy.
The Aubusson tapestry is a highly regarded French expertise recognized by UNESCO, which inscribed it on the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list in 2009. A tapestry from Aubusson is born from the meeting between a creator, bearer of an artistic project, and a lissier craftsman, holder of exceptional know-how and particular expertise in the field of textile interpretation.
In ten years, the institution has forged a singular image. In particular, it is a place for mediation and the presentation of collections and exhibitions rooted in a scientific and partnership-based approach. It has also become a place for raising awareness and transmitting know-how, in connection with a lively economic sector and the GRETA Limousin training program (BMA "Art du Tapis et de la Tapisserie de lisse"), which organizes short immersion sessions for a variety of audiences (trainees, artists, collectors, patrons, etc.). Since its creation, the Cité has established itself as a driving force for contemporary creation, actively participating in the creation of a productive "textile art/woven art" ecosystem in a hyper-rural region. Emmanuel Gérard has directed the Cité internationale de la tapisserie in Aubusson since its creation in 2009.
Lauréat de la récompense Parcours du Prix Liliane Bettencourt pour l'Intelligence de la Main® 2018