From September 20 to 25, 2021 will be the 5th edition of the European biennial Art and Mental Disability in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez.
This project, beyond being a commitment of solidarity, allows people with mental disabilities to reveal their artistic talents through the realization of works that represent their universe and their feelings.
This event allows the different artists to meet, and to show the results of their work around a specific theme. This year (2021), the chosen theme honors “The colors of Nadia”. A committed female artist who lived in the Var the last thirty years of her life.
This biennial Art and Disability was inspired by the experience of CREAHM (Creativity Art and Mental Disability), a Belgian organization that was able to inscribe their project in a fully artistic framework and not only therapeutic or occupational through creative workshops, animated by practitioners in plastic arts and live arts.
For the first time in 2011, the association has set up artistic workshops, led by experienced artists, in painting, sculpture, photography, writing and music.
It has been a real success that promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities, offers them a real breath of freedom and honors their creations for the greatest happiness of all.
In addition to this main objective, the Art and Disability Biennial also aims to :
- to open the artistic practice to the maximum of people.
- to change the way people look at disability
- to bring together, on an international scale, disabled and non-disabled artists around a common theme or artistic practice.
This biennial is “European” and each of its editions is also an opportunity to highlight a specific country.
Three paintings signed respectively by Dominique Lemaire, Anne Maydat, and Sylvianne Maffre.
The program – Free entry
This artistic event is open to all, do not hesitate to come alone or with your family, you will appreciate, without a doubt, the beauty and emotion that emanates from it.
Monday, September 20 at 7:00 pm: Vernissage in the Rotonde room at the Maxime Moreau space, 1 Promenade Simon-Lorière.
From September 20 to 30 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.: Exhibition of the works of Sophie Camatte, a Cogolinoise and Géraldine Beaupère from Liège, in the Rotunda room at the Maxime Moreau space, 1 Promenade Simon-Lorière.
Thursday, September 23 at 7:00 pm: Vernissage of the works selected for the auction that will take place on the 25th.
Friday, September 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Exhibition of the works selected for the auction in the Asteggiano Room of the Renaissance, Place des lices.
During these few days, the Lou Riou vacation village is transformed into an artists’ residence where disabled artists participate in workshops, supervised by able-bodied artists who accompany them in the acquisition and transmission of different artistic techniques
Saturday, September 25 at 11:00 am: Exhibition and auction of works created during the academy, in the garden of the Musée de l’Annonciade.
In the presence of Eglantine Eméyé, godmother of the Biennale and the artistic godfather Paul Richard Mason under the high patronage of Sophie Cluzel, Secretary of State in charge of disabled people.
The auction of works in the gardens of the museum of the Annonciade of Saint-Tropez, will help finance new actions of exchanges, artistic meetings and development of workshops of artistic practices for people with disabilities.
At Pugent sur Argens
From October 10 to November 5: Exhibition at the MAG of Montreux – 17th edition.
From November 10 to November 14: Exhibition at the MAG of Montreux – 17th edition.
Friday, November 5: Conference “Daring to be an artist” organized by the Adapei du Var
From September 20 to 25, the Lou Riou vacation village in Saint-Tropez is transformed into an artists’ residence in which numerous creative workshops are set up.
Engraving and printing workshop
Supervised by Philippe Louisgrand and in close relation with the writing workshop, this workshop aims to create a simple composition, containing a layout with short texts (titles, graphic composition…) in an image/text relationship.
The artists will then practice the illustration of these texts by the process of engraving on linoleum or woodcut, printing by impression, foliage or other plants.
The printing will be done either by the stamping system, or in the Japanese way, with the use of a wooden spoon rubbed on the back of the sheet to be printed. A letterpress will also be available for printing these images.
Supervised by Rina Santoro, Elisabeth Tixier and Chantal Drogue, the artists will practice mainly on the self-portrait with Jacques Prévert’s Inventory as a model. The workshop remains open to other proposals from participants, the important thing being to accompany and not impose an autobiographical expression.
Supervised by Fernand Greco, artists will be able to give free rein to their imagination and create a unique and personal sculpture.
Musical expression workshop
Supervised by Christian Vermorel, participants will be able to express themselves in song from the repertoires of volunteer participants who will be accompanied by instruments and percussion.
There will also be musical creation from the texts proposed by the writing workshop on the theme of self-portraiture.
Supervised by Jean-François Tixier the participants will be in workshop by 2. It is not about delivering any teaching, but rather to bring the participants to reveal themselves with the self-portrait and to express their relationship to others or to the universe that surrounds them.
Supervised by Alexandra Villard, Sabrina Bisard and Pascale Renaudet the artists will be inspired by the general theme of Nadia’s colors in connection with the temporary exhibition of the Musée de l’Annonciade and will be invited to create works related to Saint-Tropez.
The works created during the artist residency (painting, sculpture, writing and photography) will be submitted to the jury who will make a selection for the MAG in Montreux (Switzerland).
The project holders
This beautiful and inclusive project is carried by:
- The Lou Riou vacation village in Saint-Tropez,
- The Association Oeuvre Saint-Jeannaise,
- The City of Saint-Tropez,
- The Annonciade Museum
- The city of Sainte Maxime
- Montreux Art Gallery
– The 2021 godfather and godmother are:
- Eglantine Eméyé author, godmother of the biennial
- Paul Richard Mason, artist and gallery owner Tropézien, sponsor 2021
- And Felix Gray, author, composer, performer
If you wish to support the project
If you too would like to support this event and offer the opportunity to a disabled artist to participate, you can make a donation to sponsor one of them or develop a sponsorship with the organizer of the biennial :
Don’t hesitate also to visit the various exhibitions in Saint-Tropez and Sainte-Maxime, attend the auction on September 25 and why not acquire one of these beautiful works.
To learn more, go to the Facebook page of the European Biennial Art and Mental Disability.
Maire of St Tropez : Sylvie SIRI
State secretary in charge of disabled persons: Sophie CLUZEL
Singer / Compositor : Felix GRAY
TV Animator / Comedian : Eglantine EMEYE