Projet Lumière(s) aims at expanding the Institut français's programme like never before, by creating a boutique cinema and refurbishing the reception spaces, the Salons.
Emerging artists, cross-cultural collaborations and learning opportunities are key focuses.
Charity information: The Friends of The French Institute
In our daily mission, we care about finding the best ways to welcome and bring together all kinds of people: families, elders, students, movie stars, emerging artists, primary French learners, audiences with reduced mobility, high level speakers…
This requires flexibility and diversity in our programme.
A major obstacle to the diversification of the Institut’s offer is the remaining obsolescence of key spaces within our walls, namely the Salons and the ‘small room’ (Petite Salle).
Projet Lumière(s) will span two years, from 2017 to 2019 and implement three interrelated goals:
* Initiating a new dynamic by funding original events for two years: the Beyond Words Festival, lunchtime concerts, workshops…
* Refurbishing the Salons during winter 2017
* Building a 34-seats cinema in the Petite Salle during summer 2018, to open for back-to-school season 2018
Expanding our array of activities
Activities» In the Salons: Chamber music & youth concerts; school activities; networking & cocktail receptions; interviews & press conferences; debates
» In the boutique cinema: Short films, documentaries, TV series, visual arts, animation, school projects, young directors’ projects
» At the Institut at large: The South Ken Kids Festival , the brand new Beyond Words festival, an artist residence in autumn
What success will look like
> Increase in frequentation (10,000 more visitors per year)
> General diversification of the public
The renovation of the reception spaces ‘Les Salons’
Activities» Refurbishment: New furniture, a kitchen fit for catering, restoration of the Pleyel Piano, new sound system, improved security and accessibility
» Construction work: Parquet floor, renovation of the large Art Deco windows
What success will look like
> Appealing and functional final realisation
> Multiplication of school activities
> Increase in usage frequency and versatility
> Better service and security
The creation of a new 34-seats cinema
Activities» Construction work, seats, screen, sound system and lights, access for people with impaired mobility
What success will look like
> 700 new screenings per year
> Betterment of the pricing policy (e.g. a new senior fare)
> Appealing to a young and creative audience
> Unique and competitive offer
> More encounters between artists and the public
> A more socially diverse audience
> Creation of a classical music offering with an emphasis on accessibility and learning
> A better circulation within our spaces (thus favouring the discovery of our other activities)
> After two years, financial capacity to keep funding the new programme thanks to the cinema’s revenue, and occasional privatisation of the Salons and cinema room
We will achieve this project step-by-step by 2019, securing funding before launching each phase of the works. Risks of falling behind schedule are minimal due to the advancement of the campaign and this progressive approach.
Donors to this project will receive an annual report on the project detailing past acheivements, ongoing and forthcoming activities, as well as any possible changes that have been made to the project plans.
Budget - Project Cost: £1,140,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £175,000 Cultural Activities A multitude of new artistic genres, opportunities for learning and socialisation £440,000 Les Salons Refurbishing the reception rooms, 'Les Salons' £525,000 Ciné Lumière II Creating a brand new boutique cinema room
Created in 1910, the Institut français du Royaume-Uni is hosted by a unique Art Deco building. It is located in South Kensington, just a breath away from the Natural History Museum and the V&A.
Thanks to previous campaigns, the Institut’s building is home to a renovated media library, a children’s library, and a 230 seats cinema room, which already attracts 56,000 spectators per year, and hosts numerous festivals.
The Institut français totalises 200,000 visitors, of which 50% are British.
Projet Lumière(s) aims at:
1) continuing the Institut’s successful efforts to open its doors to a younger audience, including children and students attending underpriviledged schools
2) attracting audiences with niche or specific interests, both through the more diverse programme, and by enabling social gatherings at the Institut with club meetings, workshops, networking events and debates.
The Institut français exists for anyone who is…
-a music lover, a book worm, a movie buff or a foodie
-trying to brush up on their French but doesn’t fancy crossing the Channel every other Saturday
-looking for a quiet spot to study or a new adventure
-yearning to escape in a capsule made of tales, films and music from elsewhere
Now more than ever, we stand for upkeeping an inclusive space where an open dialogue between cultures lives on.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
HE Mrs Sylvie Bermann
French Ambassador to the United Kingdom
Mrs LorèNe Lemor
Acting Cultural Counselor and Director of the Institut français du Royaume-Uni
Mr Marc Mourre
Chairman of 'The Friends of the French Institute' trust
Mrs Caroline Drevait
Development Assistant at the Institut français du Royaume-Uni
These ‘lumières’ - whether they are those of cinema or enlightened minds - must be treasured. Creating a new home within the Institut's premises will encourage increased dialogue and challenge ideas.