For centuries, farms in the « Pays Fort » (meaning “Strong Country”) boasted pyramidal barns. Their mysterious presence tower above the hamlets of this small region: they appear now as an emblematic heritage of this territory proud of its strong identity, situated in between the Sologne and Sancerre counties in the Berry province. 

Pyramidal barn at Vailly-sur-Sauldre

The contemporary art course Allons voir! aims at bringing a new life to these  typical buildings from the North of the Cher department in France. 

From July 4th to September 6th, the second edition of Allons voir! invites contemporary artists to create pieces as a dialogue with this remarkable rural architectures that reveal the dayly life of the Pays Fort inhabitants. The visitors will then discover / rediscover them under a new light

The artistic direction of the 2020 edition of the event has been entrusted to Lucile Encrevé, art critic.

The event will take place at the following places :

Assigny, at the Joliveau farm owned since the 16th century by the Lelièvre family. The pyramidal barn was built in 1505 and is surrounded by several other buildings (housing, stables, workshop) around an old paved yard.

The barn at Joliveau transformed into a real pyramid by Christophe Cuzin, using coloured tarpaulin for the 2019 edition.

Barlieu, at the Badineau silo site: there one can see a modern rural architecture, as a pendent to the historical pyramidal barns.

Intervention photographique de Louise Mellon devant les silos en 2019

Concressault, at the Moulin Riche one enjoys a water-mill, a pyramidal barn (registered as a historical monument), a sheep barn, a bread oven, and housings in a bucolic surroundings planted with century old trees.

Projection dans la bergerie de la vidéo “Amour utile” de Florence Chevallier en 2019.

Jars, at the Chenuets farm, runned by two young organic farmers, Sabine and Stéphane, and crowed with many animals such as hens, ducks, gooses, goats, sheep, cats and dogs. Parts of their pyramidal barn have been restored by the Heritage Foundation.

Pyramidal cheese moulds by Olvier Leroi at Les Chenuets’s barn in 2019.

In Vailly-sur-Sauldre, an old pyramidal barn coming from the neighboring village of Thou has been rebuilt at the entrance of the village, and hosts now the Tourism office and a rural museum.

A monumental table by Hervé Rousseau (ceramics and wood) in front of the barn, for the 2019 edition.
Children playing with Bloom, an interactive piece any Alicia Andrasek and Jose Sanchez (2019 edition), in front of the barn.
Reminiscence of daily life objects by Joelle Forestier (inside the barn, 2019 edition)

Allons voir! is supported by :

French Ministry of Culture  / Regional Direction for Cultural Affairs (DRAC) Center – Loire Valley

Center –  Loire Valley Region

Cher Department Council (CD18)

Sancerre-Pays Fort-Val de Loire town council community

The city council of Vailly-sur-Sauldre

It benefits from the collaboration of :

Bourges National Superior School of Art (ENSA Bourges)

FRAC (Regional Fund for Contemporary Art) Center – Loire Valley

Cher Department Tourism Office (Ad2T-Berry Province)

Sancerre-Pays Fort-Val de Loire Tourisme Office

Barlieu city council

Concressault city council