The Frac Bretagne – Art Norac Award
Brittany is one of the richest regions in France in the visual arts sector. Its large pool of artists is supported by a committed network of actors and venues throughout the territory. But even if there are plenty of opportunities for artists to produce, exhibit and have their work collected, the development of their practice at the international level remains a challenge.
Frac Bretagne and Art Norac have been engaged in the construction of the artistic landscape in Brittany for a long time, with the goal of revealing the artistic talents and initiatives present within the region in the context of contemporary national and international artistic scenes.
In 2020, Frac Bretagne and Art Norac have chosen to join forces in their engagement with local artists by creating the Frac Bretagne – Art Norac Award. The goal of the award is to help bring artists active in the region to the international scene, in order to promote the professionalisation of their journey beyond the borders of France.
Each year, a partner structure in Europe or the rest of the world that is prepared to welcome an artist living and working in Brittany to produce a personal exhibition will be associated with the program.
Art Norac, the award’s sponsor
Art Norac is an association dedicated to the patronage of the arts, led by the agri-food group Norac. Founded in 2005 by Bruno Caron, Norac’s president and founder, the association supports contemporary creation and participates in its dissemination to the general public and to employees of companies in the Norac group. For the Norac group, Art Norac provides a means to actively participate in society and to develop its social responsibility in Rennes, where its head office has been located for many years. Art Norac’s primary activity is the organisation of the Ateliers de Rennes Contemporary Art Biennale. It also supports various contemporary art initiatives and actors in Rennes and Brittany (Master MAE, 40mcube, the Archives of Art Criticism…).
The Visual Arts Center (VAC) in Austin, TX, United States, partner of the 2021 Award
In 2021, the international partner institution is the Visual Arts Center (VAC) in Austin, Texas, United States. The Visual Arts Center (VAC) is a contemporary art space located in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas in Austin. The VAC is a resource platform for artists, curators and teachers to experiment, test ideas and take risks. Its mission is to generate constructive debates on art and contemporary society through exhibitions and public programs. An environment of discovery through experience devoted to important issues of our time, the VAC brings together the artistic community of Austin, students of the University of Texas, specialists and audiences of all ages to exchange ideas about the concepts of racial, societal, gender and cultural classes.
Image : Frac Bretagne, Rennes © Studio Odile Decq / ADAGP Paris. Crédit photo : Roland Halbe /Région Bretagne