Editorial by Bruno Caron, President of Art Norac

Ten years ago, we were launching the very first edition of Les Ateliers de Rennes. By choosing this meaningful name we wanted to sum up our project. The "Ateliers" (workshops) refers to the production studio as well as to the industrial world, the artist studio, or contemporary creation. This event aims to create a bridge and initiate meetings and discussions between those two worlds. They both are the source of innovation and production and, as such, create values. Contemporary art disturbs, questions, and is able to open up a whole new perspective on the world.

Since the very first edition of Les Ateliers de Rennes within the old Couvent des Jacobins in 2008, we have been imagining—along with our cultural partners—an event of national and international dimension in Rennes and for Rennes, that would be demanding but meant for all, with an extensive work of mediation aimed at the young audience throughout the territory.

Each new edition of Les Ateliers de Rennes reinforces artworks production and reveals to the public new artists coming from all horizons. Thus, from September 29th to December 2nd, "À Cris Ouverts"—conceived and led by curators duo Étienne Bernard and Céline Kopp—will present about 30 artists of 13 different nationalities.

If this 6th edition is looking more international than ever, we keep on strengthening our local presence in Rennes and in Brittany. This year, the Biennale will offer the public at large a course going through 10 different partner venues:

  • Halle de la Courrouze,
  • Musée des beaux-arts de Rennes,
  • Frac Bretagne, 40mcube,
  • La Criée centre d’art contemporain,
  • PHAKT – Centre Culturel Colombier,
  • Galerie Art & Essai – Université Rennes 2,
  • Lendroit éditions,
  • Galerie Raymond Hains, Saint-Brieuc,
  • Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain, Brest.

An Art Week-End—coproduced with the Ville de Rennes and the École Supérieure d’art de Bretagne—will also take place. This milestone local art scene activator will more than ever highlight the decisive place of Rennes in the contemporary art scene.

After 10 years, Rennes cultural environment has changed substantially, and the number of initiatives is now growing. As an art lover and industrialist, I am honored that Norac group’s strong commitment to contemporary art has been a contributing factor to this success.

Bruno Caron,
President of Art Norac, nonprofit patronage organization of the Norac group