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Street Art in Brittany

Street Art in Brittany

Festivals, museums, guided tours: urban art is gaining ground in Brittany! War!, Heol, Zag&Sia and Wen2 are some of the regional artists to follow. Little tour of street art in the towns of Brittany

The capital of Breton street art


Street art is everywhere in Rennes, in the form of graffiti, collages, stencils, stickers, on walls and on building site fences. With poppies, dragonflies and giant meerkats, WAR! (Fr)  grabs the headlines. His desire to remain anonymous earns him the nickname “the Banksy of Rennes”. Aerial frescoes and HeolArt (FR) hyper-realistic portraits by Aero other references of Rennes street art also attract attention. Discover them on a stroll on your own or on a guided tour with Destination Rennes. On the first Sunday of the month, an open-air gallery, MUR, in Rue Vasselot, hosts artists from every walk of life who create original designs in front of spectators. Another highlight of street art is the Teenage Kicks (FR) Biennial, which provides a unique and demanding look at contemporary urban creation. The renewal of the Wall of Flame is one of the stars.

Map (FR)

When walls speak


From Port de Commerce to Recouvrance, via Les Capucins… In just a few years, Brest has become a giant canvas for all kinds of street artists. Wen2 (FR) and PakOne, two figures of Brest urban art, regularly display their signature. As well as Liliwenn, the initiator in 2011 of the project “Crime of minds”, which led to the creation of around 20 works which are still visible. Follow the urban fresco trail “Les murs prennent la parole” (FR), on the right bank, Rue Anatole France in particular. Increasingly rare in the city, the silhouettes of Paul Bloas (FR), another reference from Finistère, can be discovered at the Up Art gallery in Recouvrance.

Map (FR)

A maze of street art 


Close to Palais des Arts, two magnificent hyper-realistic women’s faces by the Australian, Rone, are spread over a 100 m2 area. Elsewhere, the surprising multicoloured sparrow by the Brazilian L7M, the XL portraits of the Franco-Spanish duo Dourone and the bright blue and yellow patterns by Greky in the tunnel of Palais des Arts demonstrate the vitality of wall painting in Vannes. An area of creation and temporary exhibitions dedicated to street art, DéDalE (FR) brings together the work of international names and Breton artists in a 3,000 m2 space. You’ll discover Zag&Sia  from Morlaix, specialists in anamorphosis, Kaz&Ezra (Diaspora Crew) from Lorient, loyal to their art of engaged giant frescoes or Erika Raio (FR) from Trinité-sur-Mer whose dreamlike collages decorate the walls of the “café” part of DéDalE. Discover before it is demolished in 2020.

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An open-air gallery


Initiatives abound in Saint-Brieuc to make the town into an open-air gallery. Near the renovated high-speed train station, a local collective has launched the project “Robien les murs” and collects a host of treasures there such as the giant handshake by the Parisian Yol. In Légué, in the hangar where the fishermen pile up their nets, and on the port walls too, Averi and others multiply their representations of the marine world. The Just do paint (FR) festival has already taken place twice (the 3rd edition is planned for June 2020) and has contributed to the creation of dozens of frescoes occupying entire sections of walls in the centre. A catalogue and guided tours (FR) on “History and street-art” provide a perfect introduction.

Art by paint cans


The Les Escales (FR) festival has left some lovely imprints in the Ville-Port and Petit-Maroc districts. On the walls of the Les Caraïbes residence, the panoramic fresco of fynbos, a flower typical of the Cape Floral Kingdom, by the South African Nardstar, will make you smile, while the monumental portraits of Adnate are mesmerising. The American, Ellen Rutt, makes shapes and colours dance in an abstract composition that illuminates the Panama building. On Avenue Léon Blum, the elegant artwork mainly in black and white by David de la Mano (FR) summons the collective memory and significant historic facts. In Saint-Nazaire, street art also involves the Oides (“Fingers” in slang). Theses are little blue characters to follow through the town centre to the Chemin des Douaniers… and even beyond. There are thought to be more than 500 of these throughout the region.

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And elsewhere…

All over Brittany

Redon is another well-known spot. The banks of the Vilaine and the Garnier wasteland in Redon, and the Transfo site in Saint-Nicolas-de-Redon are popular among local street artists. The graffiti artist, Jeff, is the most prolific and uses paint cans to create sensitive portraits. You’ll also find some lovely pieces in Quimper, Concarneau, Lorient, Auray, Carhaix, Morlaix, Saint-Malo and Nantes. Urban wall art? A breadcrumb trail to discover a different side of Brittany.

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