In Montauban, the Dess’Ingres festival outlines an ambitious first edition

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From May 18 to 21, Montauban puts drawing in the spotlight with the first edition of Dess’Ingres. The City dreamed big with nearly 80 meetings over four days.

Nicknamed “Cité d’Ingres” in reference to the native painter of the city, Montauban had to offer a strong meeting, in connection with the favorite field of the artist: drawing. Dess’Ingres responds to this ambition. For four days, from May 18 to 21, the City is launching the first edition of its festival, entirely dedicated to drawing in all its forms. The program, unveiled on Wednesday, is intended to be rich and eclectic, as summarized by Quentin Sucau, deputy in charge of culture: “We want to bring the city to life to the rhythm of the drawing, to create emulation.”

Thirty artists (caricaturists, cartoonists, graffiti artists, etc.) were present for this first edition. “A beautiful plateau”, by the admission of mayor Brigitte Barèges. Workshops, meetings, exhibitions, participatory frescoes, drawn shows… In total, 82 free meetings will be offered to amateurs and neophytes alike. “We want to reach a wide audience, that everyone finds themselves there”, abounds Marion Cornille, project manager at the City and kingpin of the organization of the festival.


Wednesday, May 18, the day will be turned towards the young public before an inauguration from 6:30 p.m. in Port-Canal, where two frescoes will be unveiled. Thursday 19, the municipal drawing school will be honored on the occasion of its 200th anniversary. Free lessons will be offered for the occasion, impasse des Carmes. Friday 20, place to comics with in particular a master class by Jean-Louis Tripp and the inauguration of the children’s book festival, associated with the event. On Saturday 21, the Kiosk will be transformed into an artists’ village, with many activities to come and try graffiti.

Not to mention the unique exhibition in the heart of the Jardin des Plantes. “A hundred large-format drawings of fantastic creatures by François Delarozière, artistic director of the company La Machine (the Minotaur of Toulouse or the elephant of Nantes), will be installed in the open air”, details Marion Cornille.

Louise Hervé, winner of the international drawing competition (partnership between the City of Montauban and the Villa Medici signed at the end of 2021), will be in residence. The president of the jury, Sam Stourze, director of the Villa Médicis, will be present on May 21 to officially award the first Dess’Ingres prize.

With this new cultural event, Brigitte Barèges does not hide her ambition to make Montauban the future “drawing capital”.

Speedy Graphito, sponsor of choice

The graffiti artist Speedy Graphito, pioneer of street art in France, will be the sponsor of this edition. The artist will notably come to create an 18 m high fresco on a city wall, the location of which is kept secret for the time being. The work will pay homage to Ingres. “Elements will be revealed on the networks as they come up”, specifies Marion Cornille. The graffiti artist will also have carte blanche to create the visual for the next edition. Speedy Graphito will be in the spotlight again this summer at the Ingres-Bourdelle museum with “Ghosts”, a new exhibition.

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