Behind-the-scenes art: meet the artists

How do artists create their works? The best way to find out what goes into creating an artwork is to meet the artists who create them.

The artists’ studios of Père Lachaise, Paris © DR

Paris has always been a capital for artists, with districts like Montmartre, Montparnasse, and Belleville being natural incubators for nurturing artistic activity. And still today, artists’ residencies are blossoming: on the banks of the Canal Saint-Martin at the Point Ephémère, the Centre Les Récollets, or the Frigos, housed in a former warehouse in the Grande Bibliothèque neighbourhood.

In the 19th arrondissement, on the former site of a municipal funeral home, the Centquatre covers an area of nearly 39,000 sq.m. Every year it welcomes some forty artists and intellectuals from around the world as part of its residence scheme.

Among the other centres that welcome artists and provide them with support to produce their artworks, are La Maison des Arts in Malakoff, La Maison Populaire in Montreuil, the Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, and the 6B in Saint-Denis. In Arcueil, Le Lieu de l’Autre - Anis Gras has transformed a former anisette distillery into a space for the creation, dissemination and display of art that also provides a venue for artists’ workshops. This multidisciplinary space organises exhibitions, shows, creative events and the Bruits Blancs music festival - a laboratory for sound, visual and literary works.

Gare au Théâtre, in Vitry-sur-Seine, has an artist-in-residence and provides a space for artistic creation of all kinds. It was also the founder of the Nous n’irons pas à Avignon festival. La Fonderie artists’ collective in Fontenay-sous-Bois is well worth the detour too.

Every year in September, the artists’ workshops in Ivry-sur-Seine open their doors to the public as part of the Plein Feux festival. Definitely one for your diary!

104 / Centquatre

Exhibition and Trade Show venue
104 rue d’Aubervilliers - 5 rue Curial, Paris, 75019

The CENTQUATRE is a new Paris city council artistic establishment and a unique place devoted to production and innovation.......

Montmartre aux Artistes

Exhibition and Trade Show venue
189 rue Ordener, Paris, 75018

At the heart of the 18th arrondissement in Paris, there’s a space dedicated to artistic creation: “La Cité Montmartre aux......

Cité Internationale des Arts

Exhibition and Trade Show venue
18 rue de l'Hôtel de Ville, Paris, 75004

La Cité internationale des arts est une Fondation reconnue d’utilité publique qui a pour vocation d’accueillir en résidence à......

Le Point Ephémère

Concert hall
200 quai Valmy, Paris, 75010

Located on the Canal St Martin, the Point Ephémère is a large cultural centre allowing artists to develop their art projects.......

Ateliers d'Artistes - Les Frigos

Exhibition and Trade Show venue
19 rue des Frigos, Paris, 75013

Les Frigos is a former refrigeration station built in 1921, then shut down and hired out to artisans and artists from 1980. It is......

Maison de l'Architecture en Île-de-France

Museum
148 rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, Paris, 75010

The Maison de l'architecture en Île-de-France is situated inside the Couvent des Récollets, a former monastery, between Gare de......

Père Lachaise artists' open studios

Exhibition | Trade fair, trade show, exhibition
December 2017
Tout Paris - ., Paris

The Associated Studios of Père Lachaise invite the public to meet the artists and discover their studios at these special open day...

Belleville artists' open studios

Exhibition | Trade fair, trade show, exhibition
from 21 May 2017 to 22 May 2017
Quartier de Belleville - ., Paris

More than 250 artists open the doors of their studios to the public, free of charge

Open Day in the Art Studios of Ménilmontant

Exhibition | Trade fair, trade show, exhibition
from 29 September 2017 to 02 October 2017
Quartier de Ménilmontant - ., Paris

This studio open day allows us to get a feel for what's happening on the contemporary art scene, with the artists

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