Hilde Teerlinck, a candidate for the position of Director of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Art de Bourges, informed Fleur Pellerin, Minister of Culture and Communication that she preferred to give up her appointment as Head of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Art de Bourges. Noting the hostility that this appointment aroused among certain teachers of this school, following a smear campaign against it, she considered preferable, for the serenity of the school and its good functioning in the short term, not to engage in this mission. The minister has noted Ms. Teerlinck’s decision.

The Minister notes that none of the facts alleged against Hilde Teeerlinck have so far been the subject of a judgment, and deplores the destabilization campaign against him. Hilde Teerlinck was selected by a selection committee, duly constituted and composed of professionals, including several members of the School’s Board of Directors, after an open call for applications. This committee was particularly sensitive to his artistic expertise, his international openness and his ambition for the Bourges school.

In order to allow the appointment without delay of the director of the École nationale supérieure d'art de Bourges, and on the basis of the deliberations of this committee, Fleur Pellerin has decided to retain the candidacy of Mr.Antoine Réguillon, Currently advisor for the plastic arts of the Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs of Limousin.

Finally, the minister hopes that the dialogue initiated with professional organizations, and in particular the National Association of Art Schools (ANDEA), will continue, in order to quickly reach shared proposals on the governance of art colleges.