Interview with Myriam Annonay Castanet, Founder and Director of the 5th ART SHOPPING contemporary art fair :
How did you come up with the Art Shopping concept ?
The Art Shopping fair was conceived in response to a need felt at the time, in 2007, to provide easy, relaxed access to art, to approach artists simply and to buy works easily. That’s how we came up with the unique concept of “Art Shopping”!
How did you choose the venue for your first show ?
At an art fair, the venue and the date are crucial. We chose a prestigious venue to showcase the artists, the galleries and the public.
In Paris we are at the Carrousel du Louvre, a strategic choice because we attract not only a population of French and international artists and galleries, but also a category of visitors who are sensitive to a certain art of living, discovering and buying art. They are looking for unique pieces that respond to an emotion.
You then developed Art Shopping in the regions…
The development of Art Shopping came naturally. Artists, galleries and the general public were all asking us to travel to new destinations in the regions.
Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse and Lille already had a large number of art events, so we decided to work on a different angle of territories and audiences.
The first regional event took place in Deauville, at the request of the town, which wanted a public event to add to its cultural programme.
The artists we work with have very quickly embraced this destination, as we are also reaching visitors from Paris and Normandy who are keen on this type of event. In Deauville, there is of course a strong cultural programme, but there were no events offering the opportunity to buy works of art.
So in 2018, the first edition was launched at the Palais des Congrès in Deauville! It was a real success, with visitors and artists alike.
This All Saints’ Day event has become an integral part of the agendas of regional and Parisian weekend visitors to Deauville and the Pays d’Auge, who are in an open and curious frame of mind.
We were then approached by Biarritz, which was also looking for cultural events for the general public. They liked the friendly, no-holds-barred spirit of our concept, offering the public the chance to meet, discover and buy works of art directly from the artist.
Why did you choose the Palais des Congrès in Deauville ?
We were won over by the venue’s willingness and desire to host ART Shopping. The CID’s “strategic” location in Deauville was perfect for us.
We were accompanied, supervised and supported at every stage of the construction of the first edition, and we felt a sincere desire to make a success of this event.
I appreciate the strong commitment of the teams and the good understanding that has developed. I don’t feel like a customer of the CID, I feel like a partner!
What can you tell us about this 5th edition of CID Deauville
This show is above all a human story. It’s a rare and unique opportunity to be in direct contact with artists, and our event gives you the chance to meet and talk to them.
Art shopping will take place from 27 to 29 October at the Centre International de Deauville (download invitation).
You’ll be able to discover local, national and international artists, from Switzerland, Belgium and Italy this year, specialising in contemporary art.
You’ll meet both established and up-and-coming artists, who will be stepping out of their studios to show you their latest creations!
Art Shopping Deauville should be seen as a giant gallery, with direct access to the artists who present their worlds, their working techniques, their emotions, their stories…
Do you do a photo focus every year ?
Every year we try to do a photo focus to coincide with Planche(s) Contact, which takes place in Deauville at the same time. We like to emulate a theme and this is the case in Deauville, with photography.
This year we’re launching a new event during Art Shopping Deauville: a charity auction of photos by Roger Schall — an artist that Deauville showcased on the boards a few years ago.
This charity auction will benefit the Abbé Pierre Foundation, and we are organising it in collaboration with Cécile Schall and the Millon auction house on Saturday 28 October at 4pm at the CID. The sale will also be live on all the Millon, Drouot and Interencheres auction sites.
The photos for sale will be on display from the opening of Art Shopping on Friday 27 October at 11am, allowing visitors to make their choice and prepare their bids!
What are the opening hours in CID Deauville ?
We welcome you on Friday 27 October and Saturday 28 October from 11am to 7pm and on Sunday 29 October from 11am to 6pm.