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 :

- Breton craftsmanship festival in Quimper, from 2019 March, 8th till 10th (including artistic craftsmanship).

- Unique pieces fair in the castle of Chateaugiron (near Rennes, "Salon des pièces uniques"), from 2019 March, 29th till 31st.

- European days of fine craft trades. From 2019 April, 1st till 7th, 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 2019 August, 11th.

- Saint Malo, Malo Métiers d'Art, from 2019 August 9th till 11th.

- 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 2019 November 2nd and 3rd.

- Les arts du feu in Rennes (square of the city hall), from 2019 December 12th till 15th.

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 2018 December, 1st - 2nd, and on 8th - 9th.

- Châteaugiron (in the castle), on 2018 December, 15th and 16th.

- Rennes, Christmas market of Creators, on place Hoche, from 2018 November, 30th till December, 24th (plus another Christmas market on mail François Mitterrand).

- Saint Malo, L'atelier de Noël (hall 1), on 2018 December, 15th and 16th.

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

- Dinan, from December, 15th till 30th 2018 (and in front of the abbey of Lehon on December 14th).

- 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, 23rd till December 24th.

- Saint Malo,on weekends in December 2018 and then from December, 21st till 2019 January 5th.

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).