A.R.A (Amis de la Reliure d'Art) is an international non-profit-making organisation, founded in France in 1982 by Marcel Garrigou and friends.
Today, the association has a total of more than 1000 members in various countries. Its main goal is to promote the distinctive and not widely known art of bookbinding as fine art.
The association is not only involved in traditional and modern bookbinding, but also in contemporary bookbinding trends in all countries. According to its statutes, A.R.A supports or generates various events, exhibitions, competitions and fairs, in order to show bookbinding works of art to large audiences. It strives to organise a biennial event, the 'International Forum of Art Bookbinding' FIRA (Foire Internationale de la Reliure d'Art). The last forum was held in Brugge, Belgium in 2011.
A.R.A publications include brochures and catalogues of exhibitions. They aim to gain public visibility for art bookbinding through press articles, more specifically in the trade press and audio-visual media.
On the occasion of the 5th Forum in Montreal in 1996, ARA INTERNATIONAL was founded, thus becoming the global federation of all A.R.A associations. This body does not compete with any national associations. On the contrary, it gives them support and initiates projects and partnerships on an international level. Ara Intl. creates national and regional committees and appoints representatives in various countries. It is open to professional artists, bibliophiles, publishers and booksellers, bookbinding schools, non-professional bookbinders, curators and to all those who are fond of this art, even those without any special expertise.
ARA is looking forward to welcoming you as a member.