The Study Tour included visits to La Malterie in Roubaix and ArtConnexion in Lille – both of which were focussed around regional artist practice and development. We also visited La Condition Publique an arts organisation based in Roubaix and housed in an ex-textile industrial site. The parallels with Leeds and Bradford in terms of their ex-industrial heritage, geographical-relationship and their current economic positions was striking.
Image 1: The residency studio at La Malterie, an ex-brewery, with low vaulted ceiling on the lower floor – comprising artist studios, music rehearsal spaces, a performance space and an exhibition space.
Image 2: La Condition Publique is an arts organisation which undertakes projects alongside communities in Roubaix. We met the curator who kindly showed us around the exhibition space, in which they were hanging their new show.