Cambremer: the former lawyer creates a contemporary art center in her childhood home

Cambremer: the former lawyer creates a contemporary art center in her childhood home

Louise Lance imagined a cultural center at the Saint-Michel farm. ©Camille RUFFRAY / The Pays d’Auge

“We must become children again in front of art and stop over-intellectualizing! » Louise Lance created a contemporary art center at the Saint-Michel farm in Cambremer (Calvados), which also bears the name of his association. Its ambition: to organize exhibitions, support artists, but also imagine socio-cultural actions.

Make yourself useful with this new project

Nestled on the heights of Cambremer, the property belongs to his family for 40 years and his mother lives there. “It’s a place that has a soul and a deep sense of family. But also steeped in history; the farm was active until the 2000s. I also met some time ago with emotion a man who had lived here from the age of 8 to 17”, confides Louise Lance. Thus, the public will be invited to stroll through the garden and the old agricultural buildings; the carthouse, the stables, the boiler room and the press, transformed into an exhibition and creative space.

Ancient lawyer and magistrate in the Oise, this 52-year-old woman experienced the months of confinement as a turning point. “This period coincided with my 50 years, and what I was going to do in the second part of my life. Sensitive to art since her childhood without being an expert, Louise Lance sees in it a way to continue what she started. “Through my career, I have always liked to be useful, to serve others. This project is for me the way to connect my experience in law with art”, she summarizes.

Support for artistic production

La Ferme Saint-Michel aims to support artists for theirsupport their artistic production. Both through residences, but also exhibitions. For the second exhibition of the place (read elsewhere), Louise Lance invited the photographer Jean Letellier to give the vision of his Intimate land. “The association will also respond to calls for projects from the Region”, specifies the project leader.

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Art in agricultural buildings. ©DR

Find a childlike relationship to art

The other facet of the Ferme Saint-Michel is to “provide access to art to everyone”. Planning cultural actions and meetings, by inviting schoolchildren, but also by taking art where it is not, as will be the case at the beginning of July during an exhibition outside the walls at the retirement home. “I would like art to enter into everyone’s daily life”, sums up the former lawyer. Well aware of the inequalities linked in particular to the price of culture, Louise Lance wants to erase the others. “There is another reason which is related to legitimacy, certain people do not feel in their place in a museum, thinking that it is reserved for the rich. It shouldn’t be like this,” she continued.

Louise Lance aspires to remove everyone’s brakes and bring in this public that would not feel authorized. “At the school of the Republic, from a very young age, we are taught the arts, we paint, we draw, we take part in cultural outings… And after that, we get lost,” she explains. Taking as an example Picasso’s phrase “I spent my whole life drawing like a child”, the Ferme Saint-Michel wishes to (re) give everyone a relationship to art that is “childlike, simple and natural. “Just by letting yourself be guided by your emotions, listening to your heart and your body and what makes you vibrate!” »

Association La Ferme Saint-Michel, 4750 route d’Englesqueville in Cambremer, open during exhibitions or by appointment. Website: Contact by e-mail:

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