Painters, sculptors and other visual artists regularly host open days at their studios and galleries. The general public can come to admire their work, meet the artists and discover venues steeped in history and creative energy usually located in north-eastern Paris. Artists are generally grouped into a neighbourhood association, which provides a map and an itinerary to guide visitors. The itinerary is updated every year.
With 120 venues featuring work by 250 artists, the Belleville artists’ studios are the most numerous in Paris. Their open days are held on the last weekend in May. The Père Lachaise artists hold their open days in early May. The town halls of the 1st, 5th, 12th and 13th arrondissements also organize visits to artists’ studios in the spring.
Les Frigos, a former artists’ squat converted into a creative space in the 13th arrondissement, is usually open for visits at the weekend. End-September is when the Ménilmontant artists’ studios hold their open days. In the Montmartre district, La Cité Montmartre aux Artistes is an artists’ community with 18 studios which can be visited in October.
Arts and craft workshops are also open to the public several times a year: e.g. during the ‘Viaduc en fête’ event along the Viaduc des Arts. The European Artistic Crafts Days are held in April each year. In Paris, open days and special events, including an arts and craft trail, are organized at workshops in the 11th and 12th arrondissements.