Year founded: 2008
Organiser: Art Norac


Les Ateliers de Rennes is the first biennale to focus on the relationships between art and business and more broadly between art and the economy.

In 2006, the food-processing corporation Norac created the Art Norac association to launch the project for a biennale – first held in 2008 – with the goal of building a bridge between the company’s work and the work of artists.

Les Ateliers de Rennes – contemporary art biennale provides an opportunity to examine crucial issues of the day – work, value, and foresight. It is also the occasion for researchers and intellectuals to analyse the challenges presented, serving as a sounding board for the works of art.

As an independent curator and an agency to put its project in place are selected, a steering committee composed of representatives from Art Norac, exhibition venues, institutional partners and the art world monitors the biennial.