We are 100 years old!

In 2010, the Institut français du Royaume-Uni (The French Institute in the UK) is celebrating its centenary with a series of special events.

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Sunday 26th of June 2022

Meeting of minds

A series of encounters, ‘les dialogues du centenaire’, bring together well known British and French authors and film directors to discuss a wide range of challenging topics.

Cinéma, an act of love

Ciné lumière will screen a special series of films to mark the Institute's 100th birthday. Read more

Your digital Institute

In May, Culturethèque has been launched, giving public UK-wide access to new cultural and educational resources.
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Arts Calling

Visual Arts

Marcelline Delbecq and Gyan Panchal, With Words Like Smoke
With Words Like Smoke is a group exhibition including works by French artists Marcelline Delbecq and Gyan Panchal. Moving away from the abstraction of minimalism, these contemporary works examine how processes of abstraction and figuration can operate simultaneously within an artwork and what political narratives might be revealed when the brickwork of figuration temporarily vanishes.
(20 January – 20 February, CHELSEA Space)

Céleste Boursier-Mougenot
Céleste Boursier-Mougenot’s installation for The Curve, his first solo exhibition in the UK, takes the form of a walk-through aviary for a flock of zebra finches, furnished with electric guitars and other musical instruments. As the birds go about their routine activities, perching on or feeding from the various pieces of equipment, they create a random and captivating soundscape.
(27 February – 23 May, The Curve, Barbican Centre)

Alice Anderson, Sculpting Time

The London-based Anglo-French artist Alice Anderson is one of the most compelling artists to emerge on the contemporary art scene. Her artwork employs mediums ranging from film to drawing and sculpture, and involves compulsive and obsessional production through which she explores and gives shape to her childhood memories. In this exhibition, the artist explores the fictional nature of memory.
(2 March – 24 April, Riflemaker)

Etienne Chambaud, The Sirens’ Stage
The Sirens’ Stage is presented, almost simultaneously, in three European arts institutions: The Kadist Art Foundation in Paris, The Nomas Foundation in Rome and The David Roberts Art Foundation in London. For the occasion, Etienne Chambaud presents a new project for each of the venues, around a theoretical reflexion on the themes of exhibition and collection.
(19 March – 24 April, David Roberts Art Foundation)

Tatiana Trouvé

This is the first ever solo show in the UK for the 2007 winner of the Marcel Duchamp Prize, Tatiana Trouvé. The artist has gained international recognition for her room constructions, architectonic interventions and metallic sculptural objects. For the South London Gallery, she will create a new installation in response to the space in the main gallery.
(September, South London Gallery)

Cyprien Gaillard

The University of the Arts London is working with the artist Cyprien Gaillard throughout 2010 to develop a project for the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground. The project represents an integral component of the University's 'Shaping Sculpture' programme taking place over the course of 2010 and will showcase Gaillard's dynamic and challenging practice through the commissioning of a new sculpture.
(Dates TBC, Parade Ground, Chelsea College of Art)

Performing Arts

London International Mime Festival
Every year the renowned London International Mime Festival brings exciting new talents to the UK from all over the world. The 2010 festival will include five French companies: Compagnie Bal / Jeanne Mordoj, Collectif Petit Travers, Compagnie Ieto, Ultimo Momento and Les Ateliers du Spectacle for UK premieres.
(13-21 January, several London venues)

Catherine Diverrès, San & Stance II

Catherine Diverrès, French choreographer and artistic director of the National Choreographic Centre in Rennes, presents two new pieces including Stance II which forms the second part to the piece Stance created in 1997. Representing a major figure of the French contemporary dance scene, Catherine Diverrès’ career is marked by productions full of striking vision, grace and beauty.
(March, Festival New Territories, Tramway, Glasgow)

Literary Ball
As part of the Rough Cuts season, the Royal Court Theatre will host the first English version of the Literary Ball, an event initiated by the young French playwright Marion Aubert and her 'Coopérative d'écriture' including playwrights like David Lescot, Fabrice Melquiot and Pauline Sales. Conceived as a combination of literature, automatic writing and popular music, this will involve a unique collaboration between French and British playwrights.
(Dates TBC, Royal Court Theatre)


Fanny Karst, The Uninvited Guest
Recently graduated from the prestigious Central St Martins College of Art & Design, the young and talented French designer Fanny Karst, under the label The Old Ladies Rebellion, will present her new collection at the Institut français. The Uninvited Guest consists of a collection of printed dresses inspired by Corrie Van Der Ven and draws on the themes of the 'quiet menace', situated between sunset and moonrise.
(19 February, Institut français)


History, Building Bridges

A look at the history of relations between France and the UK. Read more

Musique en Fanfare

Programme of concerts and live events culminating with the Exhibition Road Music Day in June.

Le Français à l'honneur

We will celebrate the French language with our Francophone and educational partners. Read more

Arts Calling

In the fields of visual & performing arts, the centenary will extend far beyond the Institut.