One of the challenges of being an artist in Paris is finding affordable atelier space. By 2010, it had become impossible to work any longer in a tiny corner of our 38 sq. m (410 sq. ft.) apartment where I had painted for 15 years. Thus started my artistic shuffle through six diverse and for the most part, progressively larger shared studio locations.
My first was in the Passage de la Boule Blanche near the Bastille in the 12th arrondissement;
then to the 2nd in the heart of Paris in an 18th Century building on Rue d’Aboukir for 4 years;
followed by a 1930’s art deco State owned building 10 minutes from our apartment in the 15th;
next to an artist’s top floor loft in the 16th;
then a 21 sq. m (226 sq. ft.) space in a 1904 former workshop factory, converted into artists’ studios, La Fabrique, in Ivry-sur-Seine, one metro stop outside Paris;
and finally my current studio located on the ground floor in the same complex.
Each space and area will deserve their own story.
©2022 Ann James Massey, SWA, CPSA, UKCPS, AAPL