In a country such as France, where the cultural history is so rich, it’s easy to forget that art is still being made. There are artists working right now, today, as I write, and as you read this. Sure, some of it won’t be as great as the legacy left to us by Picasso or Matisse or Monet, but some of it will be. And we’ve all envied those friends and collectors who spotted the next Picasso canvas still on the easel and bought it, enabling the artist to eat, and eventually the buyer’s family to live in a lovely house after selling the painting to a gallery.
But I’m getting ahead of myself… France is still a magnet for artists, for all the same reasons it always was: its climate, its beauty, its communities. The city of Bordeaux has a healthy contemporary art scene and many galleries showing work being produced right now. On the first Sunday of each month The Contemporary Art Bus runs around the current exhibitions in Bordeaux, visiting galleries and art collectives of studios. Hop aboard and you won’t have to navigate your own way into some of the lesser known parts of the city, where artists traditionally have studios. I’m not guaranteeing that you’ll discover the next Picasso, but you might find something that excites your mind, and you’ll definitely see a different side to the city. The bus leaves at 2.30pm from the Kiosque Culture, allees de Tourny, Bordeaux and costs around five euro but check in advance – you know how the French love to change things around to confuse us tourists.