The Frac Bretagne – Art Norac Award aims to support the professional development of Brittany-based artists at the international level. The award is a Frac Bretagne initiative supported by Art Norac, the sponsorship association of the Norac group.

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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.

Fanny Gicquel
Born in 1992, lives and works in Rennes.

Graduated from EESAB-Rennes in 2018, Fanny Gicquel is a 2021 winner of the Marfa Prize. In addition, her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Hua International gallery in Berlin (2021), at Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain in Brest (2020) and at The left right Place in Reims (2020). She has participated in the group exhibitions Art Souterrain in Montreal (2021), the 10th Prix de la Jeune Création de Saint-Rémy (2021) and Nanjing International Art Fair in China (2020).
Fanny Gicquel develops moving and fine environments within which the viewer’s body is invited to move. Her installations appear as microcosms in which the different elements maintain mutually interdependent relationships.

Whether placed on the floor or hanging from the ceiling,
Fanny Gicquel’s objects, made of glass, metal or textile, are an invitation to the touch and aim to create a form of intimacy with the viewer. Her artworks therefore exist in two phases: contemplation and manipulation, allowing her to explore the border between the animate and the inanimate.
This also manifests through experimentation with changing materials such as paraffin and heat-sensitive paint that escape a final form, evoking impermanence and the multiplicity of things that surround us.
The installations are always accompanied by scenarios of activation, imagined by the artist and executed by performers. They interact with the objects in a discrete or sometimes almost unnoticeable manner, until they create images close to a living painting, which invites to slow down and contemplate.
For her new installation at Frac Bretagne, the artist draws the outline of a moving and transitory landscape, occupied by sculptures which enter into a direct relationship with the architecture of the venue hosting them. Harmoniously displayed in the space, the artworks create a new synergy, allowing the different materials to subtly communicate with each other and to interact with the viewer’s body.

Elena Cardin, curator of the exhibition

Fanny Gicquel will present a solo exhibition at the Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (TBG+S) in Dublin, Ireland from May to July 2023.

Reda Boussella, Clémence Estève, Fanny Gicquel, Valérian Goalec

An exhibition gathering the 4 artists will be presented at Frac Bretagne from October 14 2022 to January 15, 2023. During the opening, the winner will be announced. His/Her work will be the subject of a solo exhibition at the Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, Ireland in 2023.

In 2022, the partner venue is Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (TBG+S) in Dublin, Ireland. Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (TBG+S) is a leading artists’ studio complex and contemporary art gallery in Dublin City Centre, located in the heart of the Temple Bar cultural district. The combination of 30 artists’ studios and a public gallery in a central location has made TBG+S a major player in contemporary art in Ireland.
Since its inception in the 1980s, more than 500 artists have held workshops there, and many of Ireland’s leading artists and international artists have exhibited there.
In 2022, TBG+S resident artist Niamh O’Malley will represent Ireland at the 59th Venice Biennale.

Corentin Canesson
Born in 1988, lives and works in Brest and Paris.

Graduated from EESAB-Rennes in 2011, he participated to the 21st Prize of Fondation d’entreprise Ricard Le Fil d’Alerte. He has presented solo exhibitions at Sator gallery in Paris (2020), at Nathalie Obadia gallery in Paris (2018), at Crédac – Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry-sur- Seine (2017) and at Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain in Brest (2015).

Corentin Canesson practices painting as one would cover a music standard. Well aware of the medium’s history, he simultaneously works on abstract and figurative canvases, playing with resurgence of more or less confessed or hidden references to the paintings of Bram Van Velde or Philip Guston.

The “figures” inhabiting these series are to be understood here in the sense of “pretexts” to (continue to) paint. Whether the lyrics of a song by Yo La Tengo, the color of a book cover, a bird with a long beak are often the starting point for long series. Never really completed, the series continue to develop over the years, incorporating variables such as the format of the canvas or the exhibition budget.

For Mauve Zone (exhibition of the nominees of the Frac Bretagne-Art Norac Award 2021), paintings made between 2010 and 2017 are displayed side by side along with canvases freshly painted on site,  within a triple line. This display lacking unit of time or chronology is like an “ongoing retrospective” highlighting the strange permanence that operates whithin the work of Corentin Canesson where the oldest paintings are regularly brought into play, where abstract series closely rub shoulders with figurative works. As a space porous to music, Corentin Canesson’s pictorial work goes hand in hand with his practice as a guitarist in the experimental rock band The Night He Came Home. Without defined contours, this band constitutes another collaborative space to record and perform alongside other artists.

Corentin Canesson presents a solo exhibition at the Visual Arts Center in Austin, Texas, USA from January 28 to March 12, 2022..

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Art Norac, the award’s sponsor

Art Norac is an organization dedicated to the patronage of the arts, led by the agri-food group Norac. Founded in 2005 by Bruno Caron, Norac’s chairman and founder, the organization supports contemporary creation and participates in its dissemination to the general public and to employees of Norac group companies. For the Norac group, Art Norac provides a mean 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 notably supports various contemporary art initiatives and actors in Rennes and Brittany (Master MAE, 40mcube, the Archives of Art Criticism…).

Image : Mauve Zone, exhibition 2021, Frac Bretagne, Rennes. Photo : Aurélien Mole.