Les Grands Ateliers

Educational, research and experimentation cluster for construction in France. The student experiments of the Grands Ateliers of the Isle d’Abeau, namely is 21 schools, 285 students, 133 projects accepted, 15 award-winning projects.

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Expérimentations étudiantes (2018)

Student Experiments

At the start of every academic year since 2003, the Grands Ateliers have launched a call for projects aimed at sixty or so higher education institutions specialising in art, design and architecture in France and elsewhere in Europe. Out of about a hundred projects examined by experts from the Grands Ateliers and the team at the Festival of Lights, fifteen are selected for the experimental trail as part of the festival. There is no specific unifying theme:  the characteristics of these student projects range far and wide – poetry, the unexpected, site suitability, feasibility criteria, economy of means and sustainable development. And all these constraints encourage the inventiveness and creativity of the young artists. 

Expérimentations étudiantes | Workshop - Projets Mapping Emergence (2017)

Experimental works from the Grands Ateliers 

Check out the works submitted by the Grands Ateliers student cluster following a national call for projects to schools of art, architecture, design and engineering.

Fourteen light features and light imagined by these students from different disciplines pave the way between and André Malraux gardens. Don’t forget to admire the magnificent view of Lyon bathed in light.


Emergence Mapping Workshop and Projects

The façade of the CROUS student residence offers a backdrop to nine architectural projections which can be viewed from the Saint Pothin esplanade. They are the output of a workshop held on the subject of narration and mapping initiated by the Festival of Lights in conjunction with Epinal’s Festival of the Image. These projects testify to the boundless imagination of the new generation of light artists and their prowess in myriad techniques.



These projects are supported by the City of Lyon as part of the Festival of Lights Emergence programme designed to encourage young artists.

Experimental works from the Grands Ateliers supported by ReneSola and the Tête d'Oie Restaurant. Emergence Mapping Projects supported by Epinal’s Festival of the Image, Lyon CROUS student housing association and VLS.


Expérimentations étudiantes (2016)

Today's students are tomorrow's talents! Student experimentations are the result of a competition launched by Les Grands Ateliers at a dozen art, architecture, design and engineering schools. Come and appreciate the full extent of their creativity by admiring their work, including inventive and humorous lighting installations that are as eclectic as they are surprising.

With the support of RENESOLA and Procédés Chénel.

Student Experiments (2014)

Humor, inventiveness and originality characterize these creations made by students from the regional art and technical schools. Seek out tomorrow's great talents in these projects!

Sponsored by EFS Rhône-Alpes and supported by the Municipal Archives, the SNCF, QPark and the 2nd arrondissement City Hall.

Student experimentation (2011)

Place Sathonay, Lyon 1

Student experiments are projects chosen for their originality and creativity at competitions launched at the French schools of architeture, art, design and engineering and the Rhône-Alpes art schools (Factory, ESIA 3D Bellecour, Lyon School of Fine Arts, etc.).

Amusing, poetic, offbeat or conceptual, a dozen works will take over the Martinière district and Place Sathonay.