Paintings by French women imprisoned in Mexico on show in Paris

Florence Cassez, Reuters

Paintings by imprisoned French woman Florence Cassez are currently on show in the town hall of Paris’ 10th district. Cassez was arrested in Mexico and sentenced to 60 years for her alleged role in a kidnapping although she maintains her innocence. Continue reading

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Scots take over Montmartre streets

The Parisian district of Montmartre took on a distinctly Scottish flavour this weekend as dozens of kilt-wearing Scots paraded the streets to celebrate the ‘Scotland in Montmartre’ festival. Initiatied in 2001, the bi-annual celebration has became a permanent fixture on Montmartre’s cobbled streets attracting tourists and locals alike. This year, it also coincides with the France – Scotland rugby match as part of the six-nations tournament. Continue reading

Open studios comes to Paris’ Goutte d’Or

Sipping on sweet wine, berry cocktails and the odd beer is always a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon.  Add to that a leisurely stroll around the characterful district of the Goutte d’Or, Amadou and Mariam, a catwalk  and paper making in Nepal and it must be open studios, or as the French call it ‘Portes Ouvertes’.

The popular initiative enables  artists to exhibit their work independently without the expense of going through a gallery. Most of those participating in the event simply open up their homes to the general public and hang their chef d’oeuvres on the wall for the world to see. Continue reading

French Guiana-born artist Tony Riga at the Pompidou

It was with a mixture of curiosity and disbelief that I went along to see the work of French Guiana artist Tony Riga who has the privileged position of artist in residence at the Pompidou centre in Paris.

Tony has been creating a vast body of work for a number of years in the cavernous basement of France’s popular contemporary art and cultural institution. I was introduced to his work by a therapist friend of mine who suggested that I pay a visit to what he believed to be a talented and largely unrecognized artist. Continue reading