Free visits to artists’ studios in Paris and its region

Open Days at artists’ studios are an opportunity to meet artists and admire their work in a picturesque setting.

The artists’ studios of Père Lachaise, Paris © DR

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 located in different districts of 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 usually on the last weekend in May. The Père Lachaise artists hold usually their open days in early May. In the west of Paris, the association Seiziem'Art brings together more than 70 artists from this district of the capital. Every year, usually in October, it organises the open days for artists from the 16th arrondissement.

Le 59 Rivoli, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

The 87 workshops of Les Frigos - in the 13th arrondissement - have been rented out since 1985 to about a hundred people of all professions, a variety unique in Europe ranging from jewellers to sewing classes and artists of all disciplines. Visits can be requested by direct contact through the website Usually 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 usually in October. In the heart of Paris, a stone's throw from the Samaritaine, the 59Rivoli has 30 artists' studios - 15 permanent and 15 temporary - and an exhibition area. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday.

Arts and craft workshops are also open to the public several times a year for various events along the Viaduc des Arts. The European Artistic Crafts Days are held usually in April each year. Not forgetting the very rich programme of the Cité Internationale des Arts to be found on its two sites - one in the Marais, the other in Montmartre - which allows the public to discover the work of the artists in residence.

There are also hybrid venues such as L'Impasse or Galerie Deux6. The first is a restaurant in the 11th arrondissement which houses an artist's studio under a beautiful Eiffel glass roof. The second is an art gallery in the very chic 7th arrondissement which is also the studio of the artist Tomadee (Thomas Chedeville).

Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris © ENSBA - Jacques Pépion

Art schools in Paris can also be visited free of cost during their annual Open Days. Visitors can admire works by students at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the Ecole Boulle.

Greater Paris is also home to important artists' studios to visit. Let's mention the Centre Tignous d'Art Contemporain in Montreuil, which actively participates in the open days of the artists' studios in Montreuil. Located in the commune of Saint-Denis, 6b is a creative space which organises numerous events throughout the year. Finally, in the south of the capital, in Issy-les-Moulineaux, Le Cube is dedicated to digital arts and invites the public - young and old - to meet the artists through exhibitions, meetings, performances...

Ateliers d'artistes de Belleville

Exhibition and Trade Show venue
1 rue Francis Picabia, Paris, 75020

It is now possible to approach artists outside of the museums and art galleries and discover them in their creation space.......

Les Ateliers de Ménilmontant - Ménil'8

Exhibition and Trade Show venue
8 rue Boyer, Paris, 75020

The Ateliers de Ménilmontant rent premises from an association (granted by the department of Art in the City) at the front of the......

Les Ateliers du Père Lachaise associés

Exhibition and Trade Show venue
77 rue de Bagnolet, Paris, 75020

The Père Lachaise district, in the heart of the 20th arrondissement of Paris, is home to numerous painters, sculptors, engravers,......

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......

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......

Le Viaduc des Arts

Art de vivre | Haute couture, luxury
1-129 avenue Daumesnil, Paris, 75012

A stone's throw away from place de la Bastille in the 12th arrondissement, the internationally renowned Viaduc des Arts, display......

École nationale supérieure des Beaux-arts

Exhibition and Trade Show venue
14 rue Bonaparte, Paris, 75006

Former Royal Academies in the 17th century, the "Ecole des Beaux-Arts" (Fine Arts School) has been located since 1816 on the site......

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 Cube - Centre de création numérique

Exhibition and Trade Show venue
20 cours Saint-Vincent, Issy-les-Moulineaux, 92130

In Issy-les-Moulineaux, just outside Paris, Le Cube, centre for digital creation, aims to help the public learn about digital......