Free visits to artists’ studios

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 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.

Le 59 Rivoli, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

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.

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.

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......