Craftsmen and art

Craftsmanship in Brittany

Craft occupies an important place in the Breton culture. A few fairs and exhibitions are a chance to discover the works of various domains while meeting their creator: sculptors, ceramists, painters, fashion designers, glass blowers, jewelers, potters, cabinetmakers, bookbinders... Some meetings include gastronomy (local specialities, drinks), others focus on preservation and demonstration of traditional craftsmanship (ironwork, leatherwork, saddlery...).

Here are some meetings specialized in crafts in the year ahead :

- Unique pieces fair in the castle of Chateaugiron (near Rennes, "Salon des pièces uniques"), from 2020 March, 27th till 29th.

- European days of fine craft trades. From 2020 April, 3rd till 13th, meet craftsmen in their workshop!

- Dol de Bretagne, artists' workshops, market for creators (under the halls, association "Beaux-Arts etc!"), from April till October.

- Craftsmen festival and model fair in Lizio (near Josselin), on 2020 August, 9th (to confirm).

- Saint Malo, Malo Métiers d'Art, from 2020 August 21st till 23rd.

- Woodworking annual exhibition by Ebénistes créateurs de Bretagne. It usually takes place over 2 weeks in October in Vannes or Arradon.

- Arts and crafts festival "Matières libres" in Granville (Normandy, close to Mont St Michel), on a week-end in November (to confirm).

- Les arts du feu in Rennes (square of the city hall), from 2020 December 10th till 13th.

Breton craftsmen Breton painter workshop

These events take place in the middle of a rich environment in terms of heritage and nature, which we will be pleased to show you during this opportunity: we suggest tours combining discovery of the exhibition and the local heritage (in particular in Chateaugiron, Dol de Bretagne, Quimper...). Please contact us to
schedule a visit in relation with these art events.

Jewellers in Brittany

A few Christmas markets spotlight local craftsmen and artists, in a festive mood. Here are some examples:

- Saint Suliac, on 2020 December, 5th - 6th, and on 12th - 13th.

- Châteaugiron (in the castle), on 2019 December, 145th and 15th.

- Rennes, Christmas market of Creators, on place Hoche, from 2019 November, 29th till December, 24th (plus another Christmas market on mail François Mitterrand).

- Saint Malo, L'atelier de Noël (hall 1), on 2019 December, 21st and 22nd.

Among many other Christmas markets, these ones receive craftsmen in a few chalets:

- Dinan, from December, 6th till 24th 2019 (and in front of the abbey of Lehon on December 13th).

- Nantes, some craftsmen from the west part of France exhibit their work on the Christmas market, on place Royale and place du Commerce, from November, 29th till December 24th.

- Saint Malo,on weekends in December 2019 and then from December, 16th till 2020 January 4th.

Christmas market in Nantes Christmas market in Brittany

Old craft festivals are also organized in a few towns in Brittany, for example in Thourie or Trégrom in August. It is the opportunity to see the activity and machines of former craftsmen (and threshing too).