Centre d’art

A 320 square meters space dedicated to art and beauty in the heart of Auroville, a gift from the photographer Dominique Darr.

The mission of Centre d’Art is focused on two main objectives:

  • highlighting artists’ work, promoting exchanges and pedagogic activities around art.
  • valorizing the archives documenting Auroville’s adventure and Dominique Darr’s work

The 330 m2 art gallery, video room, library of art books and dark room are dedicated to exhibitions, cultural events and workshops. One artist residency is organized every year in order to develop artistic exchanges. 

The archive department classifies, digitizes and stores a collection of negatives and slides of 35mm films, analogue photo prints and digital shots taken by Dominique Darr. These documents tell the story of Auroville since its beginnings in the early 1970’s and Dominique Darr’s travels.

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 Active members:

Agathe Fourquez / 

  Francine Finck / Janaka / Maud Ayarza

 Sergey / Shanti Gardelle / Marco Saroldi


Surface : about 800 m2.
Garden level: Space including two exhibition galleries of about 320 m2, a video room, a library of art books.
On the 1st floor: A very bright office space of more than 100m2, with a meeting room, desk, computers, scanners, a studio, a laboratory/scanning room, an air conditioned room for the preservation of the photographic archives and two apartments.


They are made up of thousands of negatives, slides and digital shots taken by Dominique Darr during her travels around the world and an invaluable documentation on the development of Auroville since the 1970’s.


The Centre has a library of art books of over 400 volumes dedicated to ancient and contemporary art from all over the world (China, Japan, India, Egypt, Africa, Europe, etc.) mainly in French. This library is open by appointment only, and the catalogue is visible on request.