The Atelier Shuffle

X marks the locations of Ann’s ateliers in Paris and Ivry-sur-Seine, The red A in the 15th marks the location of Ann’s apartment ©2022 Google Maps

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;

Ann's studio on rue d'Aboukir 
Photo © 2010 Ann James Massey
Ann’s studio on rue d’Aboukir
Photo © 2010 Ann James Massey
Ann's studio on rue d'Aboukir
Photo © 2010 Ann James Massey
Ann’s studio on rue d’Aboukir
Photo © 2010 Ann James Massey

followed by a 1930’s art deco State owned building 10 minutes from our apartment in the 15th;

Ann’s studio at the LNE building
Ann's studio at the LNE building
Photo © 2010 Ann James Massey
Ann’s studio at the LNE building
Photo © 2010 Ann James Massey

next to an artist’s top floor loft in the 16th;

Moving into Studio #4 in the artist's loft in the 16th next to the Seine
Photo © 2015  Ann James Massey
Moving into Studio #4 in the artist’s loft in the 16th next to the Seine
Photo © 2015 Ann James Massey
Studio #4 
Photo © 2015  Ann James Massey
Studio #4
Photo © 2015 Ann James Massey
Studio #4 in the 16th
Photo © 2015  Ann James Massey
Studio #4 in the 16th
Photo © 2015 Ann James Massey

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;

Ann's top floor studio in La Fabrique (Ivry-sur-Seine, France) Photo © 2016 Frédéric Bali
Ann’s top floor studio in La Fabrique (Ivry-sur-Seine, France) Photo © 2016 Frédéric Bali

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

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