The annual St’art contemporary art fair was created by Strasbourg Events in 1997 and is designed to appeal to a highly diverse, young public. Its main aim is to present the main trends in contemporary art over the last 50 years, in all their diversity and fields of expression, including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, video, installation, performance and Studio Glass. The event has an international dimension, with over 50% of its exhibiting galleries foreign-based. St’art is now the second oldest contemporary art fair in France and attracts 25,000 visitors each year.
The City of Strasbourg has its own booth,"Carte blanche", an initiative of the Plastic Arts Department of the City of Strasbourg's Culture Division. It sets out to increase public awareness of a particular aspect of the City's cultural action in visual arts, the subject of which changes every year.
Themes of Carte blanche have, for example, over the past few years included illustration in Strasbourg through the eyes of well-known artists and students of Strasbourg's school of decorative arts, contemporary photography in Strasbourg, and projects such as the art commissioned in the Jardin des Deux Rives and the Strasbourg Art Library.