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Belleville Artists Open House Days

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2009 poster, Portes Ouvertes d'Ateliers d'Artistes de Belleville. Courtesy of the Portes Ouvertes d'Ateliers d'Artistes de Belleville.

250 Paris Artists and Their Studios:

Every year in late spring, over 200 artists working and living in the eastern, traditionally working-class Paris area known as Belleville open their doors for a few days for free, showing their work and studio space and conversing with fellow artists and art enthusiasts. All mediums are represented, including painting, sculpture, woodworking, street art, photo, performance art, and video. For an authentic encounter with Paris' contemporary art scene (left-bank spots like the Latin Quarter carry mostly dusty vestiges of the past), make sure to reserve some time to amble around the studios and talk to the artists.

Belleville Artists Ateliers Ouverts 2013 Program and Studio Locations:

In 2013, over 250 artists will open their workspaces across Belleville, dispersed around the 10th, 11th, 19th and 20th arrondissements.Organizers are expecting around 50,000 people, following on a successful 2012 that drew that many people.

Dates: May 24th-27th, 2013
Where: Over 100 studios in Belleville. Open 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm daily.
Information by phone: +33 (0)1 77 12 63 13
Visit the official website for a map of the studios

Photos from Belleville Artists' Studios Ateliers Ouverts:

Need a little inspiration? About.com Paris Travel Contributor Nicole Smith explored the 2012 Open House event in Belleville, documenting it in a series of colorful photos showing Belleville artists, their studios and work.
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