professional printmaking studio/teaching studio
Atelier le Grand Village is a lithography studio located in the hamlet ‘le Grand Village’ in the Charente-Limousine area of France. The founder, Francis van der Riet, was born and grew up in Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. He studied in South Africa and subsequently went to France where he discovered similar landscapes and created an environment almost identical to that of his upbringing.
The studio has worked to select different artists from different levels of the South African art environment to come and explore the arts of printmaking in an area of France rich in history and cultural heritage, permitting them to encounter different cultural influences that have helped to broaden and enrich their own artistic upbringing.
Diane Victor, Bambo Sibiya, Mongezi Ncaphayi, Banele Khoza, Themba Khumalo, Pauline Gutter, Hanneke Benade, Christiaan Diedericks are a few of South Africa’s artists that have been here.
The aim of the studio is to revive the art of stone lithography by inviting artists in residence. In the last five years the studio has concentrated more and more on collaborating with artists from the African continent and in particular South Africa. Atelier le Grand Village has participated in several exhibitions around the world particularly in France, South Africa, Sweden, Portugal and the United States. All works produced at the studio are registered with the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.