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la Parcelle

A cultural garden open to all at porte d’Aubervilliers

After several months of work, la Parcelle cultural garden will open to the public in Spring 2024, and will be inviting visitors to take part in greening the site during participatory gardening sessions and gardening activities for children and families with the Vergers Urbains organization

 

Associated partners based in the 18th, 19th arrondissement of Paris and Aubervilliers will be involved in the life of the site and its programme starting in June: La Station-Gare des MinesPOUSHLa Corvée, and CENTQUATRE-PARIS. The garden’s upkeep and management will be the responsibility of two organisations working responsibly to promote green spaces in the city: Vergers Urbains and the Régie de Quartier Paris 19e

la Parcelle, a bridge between Aubervilliers and Paris 

 

la Parcelle is intended to be a place for mixing and interweaving, a place that interacts with its environment, creating a bridge between Aubervilliers and Paris, between the city and nature, plants and people.  

la Parcelle is a place that, like plants, lives to the rhythm of the seasons and the cycles of nature. The garden will be open year-round, and its activities will ramp up as the months go by, with highlights from late spring to autumn, and uses adapted to rest periods during the winter.  

A place to meet, breathe, and take a break, the site is part of a focus on cultural and revegetation initiatives, while also providing a service to help improve the quality of life of residents of the Porte d’Aubervilliers area, between Paris, Aubervilliers, and Saint-Denis. 

A programme showcasing crafts and gardening skills  

la Parcelle is a cultural garden, a place where time can be taken, where young and old, families, residents, and workers from the surrounding areas are invited to discover a programme dedicated to the living arts, emerging creation, and the values of craftsmanship.  

Conceived as an escape at Porte d’Aubervilliers, the green space will cover close to 4,220m2. The public will be invited to take part in gardening activities alongside the Vergers Urbains organisation, artists, and craftspeople. There will also be a range of workshops on horticulture, floral art, and the art of vegetable gardening. 

  

As an extension of le19M’s mission, from late spring onwards la Parcelle will be offering a multi-disciplinary programme in collaboration with CENTQUATRE-PARIS, la Corvée, POUSH, and La Station - Gare des Mines. 

Under the collective impetus of this consortium of local cultural organisations, this brand-new space for exchange and sharing will encourage exploration and artistic expression with an educational focus. It will feature visual art installations, sound objects and performances, concerts, creative workshops, and other weekend events. 

 

la Parcelle is intended to be a convivial space that contributes to the daily lives of local residents and workers at Porte d’Aubervilliers, a place to stroll, take a break, and discover new things. It will include a children’s play area, a greenhouse, a flower farm, and an educational vegetable garden. A small hall, la Cabane, will also be available for events. 

The Partners 

Le CENTQUATRE PARIS

 

The CENTQUATRE-PARIS is a residency and production space for artists from all over the world. Designed as a space to protect artistic and cultural aesthetics that are developed through cooperation, it provides access to the full range of the arts of today through an accessible and contemporary programme. A multifaceted space, the CENTQUATRE-PARIS is also a place of innovation and of experimentation and connections between all art forms and all possible audiences. It’s also a meeting place, with shops, restaurants, and spaces devoted to amateur artistic practices and early childhood education. Through its 104ingénierie team, the CENTQUATRE-PARIS provides its unique expertise in the cultural, urban planning, and territorial fields, which it places at the service of French and foreign partners and clients using a cultural urban planning method and for projects involving the design and implementation of innovative cultural and artistic projects.

La Corvée 

 

Located at 36 boulevard Ney, on the edge of the 18th and 19th arrondissements, La Corvée aims to replicate itself in priority areas to support people in the social field in their integration process and facilitate access to contemporary creation in non-specialized venues. Breaking away from the traditional concept of the art gallery, setting up the exhibition space at the heart of a community service enables La Corvée to achieve its objectives in terms of accessibility. Jointly designed and built by architects Sharmily Guyot and Anne-Charlotte Gandziri, the first location is structured over two floors which, since December 2021, have hosted a range of diverse uses. In addition to a community launderette and an exhibition space for young artists, La Corvée houses a restaurant where chef Louise Boiron uses local, sustainable produce. With an innate sense of composition and sharing, she creates intuitive and precise plant-based cuisine in a neighbourhood where food options have long been limited. With its multi-faceted approach, La Corvée is developing a new approach to social action and has been able to offer its services free of charge to almost 250 beneficiaries since its launch.

The Régie de quartier du 19e

 

The Régie de quartier du 19e is a non-profit set up in 2003 as a social integration enterprise.Its aim is to improve the quality of life in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, particularly in the Michelet - Alphonse Karr neighbourhood. The Régie employs local residents in cleaning and landscaping activities and provides them with support in finding training and sustainable employment. It also helps to create social connections by managing the Jardin Ver Têtu and organising a range of events to encourage people to meet and get to know each other.

La Station — Gare des Mines

 

La Station - Gare des Mines, built on the site of a disused coal station at Porte d’Aubervilliers, is home to a lively, musical, artistic, and cultural fringe, and a constellation of initiatives by established artists and inspired neighbours. Since it opened its doors, La Station - Gare des Mines has become a venue for broadcasting, creation, and residency, and its large spaces are home to a diverse programme inspired by the transformations in contemporary artistic practices. Located opposite la Parcelle, on the edge of the Paris périphérique ring road, at the intersection of Paris, Saint-Denis, and Aubervilliers, the Gare des Mines building was originally a coal station built in 1945. In June 2016, the Collectif MU, a not-for-profit organisation that had been based in the Goutte d’Or (Paris 18th arrondissement) since 2002, moved in and opened the doors of La Station to the public. La Station organises itself organically, quickly, and spontaneously, bringing together resident artists, collectives, and not-for-profits. La Station brings to light an emerging artistic scene that is often confined to much smaller venues, weaving together art, sound, music, and performance, while paying particular attention to welcoming minorities (gender, refugees and exiles). In 2017, it also launched StationStation, a dynamic web radio station that brings together nearly a hundred independent producers.

POUSH

 

POUSH hosts and supports more than 260 artists as well as organising exhibitions and events in a creative district with local roots and international influence. After an initial experience at L’Orfèvrerie and an opening in March 2020 on 9 floors of a vacant office tower at Porte Pouchet in Clichy, since April 2022, POUSH has continued its activities in Aubervilliers, with the ambition of developing a truly creative and cultural district. In the 1920s buildings of the former L.T. Piver perfume factories owned by the Société de la Tour Eiffel, POUSH brings together, on this 20,000 square-metre industrial campus, 260 established and emerging artists from over 30 nationalities, reflecting the vitality of the French art scene. The artists benefit from workshops as well as a programme of artistic and production support and administrative and communications assistance. With a governance structure that includes the heads of many innovative cultural institutions, the organization aims to develop and promote multi-disciplinary creative spaces for artists and those involved in the arts, connected to the local area, but with an international outlook.

Vergers Urbains  

 

Founded in 2012 in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, Vergers Urbains is an organsiation that aims to make the city edible by involving city dwellers in its projects and using a wide range of methods. Streets, pavements, the foot of buildings, rooftops, wasteland, balconies: beyond mere ornamentation, their aim is to enhance these green spaces by making them edible, through collective, non-exclusive appropriation by residents.