The Federation of Urban Art

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Supported by the French Ministry of Culture, the Federation of Urban Art (‘La Fédération de l’Art Urbain’) was created in October 2018 to gather together artists, amateurs, organisations and professionals working in urban art.

It aims to support and promote urban art in France, to increase its visibility and recognition as an art form, and to document its cultural value. 

Member networking

The Federation connects its members to one another through:

– regular newsletters;

– collective meetings;

– discussion on social networks.

Professional development

The Federation supports the professional development of its members by:

– highlighting legal and administrative news;

– strengthening connections between professionals;

– organising information sessions.

Promotion of urban art in all its forms

The Federation encourages the recognition of urban art practices by:

– circulating documentation resources;

– working on an ongoing basis to enhance its urban art archives and make them available for consultation;

– supporting scientific research and the institutional acquisition of works of urban art.

What is « urban art » ?

Urban art emerged in the 1960s and refers to multifaceted artistic expressions in the public space.

Originally illegal, subversive and ephemeral, these are generally visual or plastic art works that take creation context into account in order to question, explore, make a mark on, degrade, subvert and enrich it.

Urban art includes several movements and genres such as graffiti, neo-muralism and street art, and various techniques such as poster, stencil, sticker, subvertising, performance, and installation. Today, urban art continues to renew itself both formally and contextually.


(Definition established by the members of the Federation of Urban Art’s governing council, January 2020)

Editing pour la traduction: John Ellingsworth and Catherine Davies (for « urban art » definition)

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