The first 'Printemps de la Sculpture en Pays de
Cèze" represents a significant step forward for the
areaís exhibition culture, and it aims to become an
important annual fixture. Charles Cameron forms an
La Filature in St Ambroix was the perfect venue for
the first Printemps de la Sculpture en Pays de
Ceze. The exhibition featured works by thirteen
sculptors, augmented by contributions from a
handful of invited painters.
Most of the artists are based in the Ceze valley,
and while many already have established reputations
beyond the Cevennes, the expo’s objective was
partly to draw the region’s attention to the range
and quality of work being produced within its
borders. The organisers were overwhelmed by the
positive response, with visitor numbers far
exceeding initial expectations.
When we spoke on the final day, Anne-Marie was
still excited: “It has been a wonderful week, with
so many people passing through. We had hoped we
could establish this as a regular event, and as we
have received official encouragement, we are
confident we can deliver something even better next
In part, credit for the expo’s success must go La
Filature’s unique riverside setting. Some of the
major pieces – particularly those by Michel Jean –
were large enough to command attention even in the
broad parkland between the river Ceze and the
filature itself. Visitors were free to roam the
grounds, as well as delve into the three, more
intimate interior spaces beneath and around the
Gerard Menant with one of his bronze acrobatic
Emmanuel Arel who exhibited sculptures made using
the Raku technique.
with one of his olive-wood sculptures.
Exhibition organiser and sculptor Anne-Marie
The range of materials and techniques on display
was impressive. From the bronzes of Gerard Menant
and Clauda, to the tactile olive-wood forms of
Jean-Gilles Quenum, or the stunning
charcoal-and-black Raku of Emmanuel Arel and the
fine, playful mobiles of Gaelle Pinard, it would
take a wilfull resistance not to have found
something to touch, to admire and to covet.
Not content with mounting a merely commercial
exhibition, the organisers also asked several of
the exhibitors to hold masterclasses, demonstrating
their ideas and techniques to local schoolchildren.
Students were invited to work with the different
materials in their tutors’ repertoires, to
understand the qualities and challenges involved in
the manipulation of each. The team at the Filature
hope that this, too, will become a regular feature
of future exhibitions.
For details about this and future exhibitions,
contact Anne-Marie Cassier at:
784, chemin du Ranquet
30500 St Ambroix
04 66 24 65 01
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