At the age when a sense of self and ones relation to others is developing, an encounter with the creative arts is a formative experience. Adolescence is a period in which the relationship with art and cultural institutions is crystallised, which is why the Centre Pompidou wanted to create a special space for teenagers. Studio 13/16 is the very first place in a major cultural institution specifically designed for 13 to 16 year olds. From 11 September 2010, teenagers are invited to enjoy a unique experience at the Centre Pompidou: talking to artists and designers, exploring a fascinating space and entering a territory of freedom and personal development.
This unprecedented 250m² space designed by Mathieu Lehanneur offers workshops, interactive works, videos and offbeat discoveries. A pioneer since it opened in 1977, the Centre Pompidou was the first arts institution to offer young people a specially designed discovery space, the Galerie des enfants (Children’s Gallery) and activity programmes, the “Atelier” workshops.
Maintaining its role of cultural mediator, the Centre Pompidou is innovating once again by inviting young people to participate in the creative process in the fields that have the greatest impact on them, especially street art, the visual arts, fashion, dance, design, sport and graphics. Until 18 December 2010, Studio 13/16 is presenting a reinterpretation of the urban environment through the Macadam project. Designed to be a laboratory of towns and cities, the Macadam programme deals with the way contemporary artists see the world in which young people live their daily lives. The street theme is also the basis of a number of activities and events in and around Studio 13/16 on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, as well as in the school holidays and some weekday evenings.