Arts and crafts have had their own home in Montpellier: The Ateliers d’Art de France association has restored the Chapelle de la Visitation, now re-baptised quite simply La Nef (The Nave), at the bottom of Rue de l’Université.
Beneath the vault, La Nef displays its creations, reflecting the imagination of artists and craftspeople. Along with the three permanent areas, there is a boutique for decorative objects, fashion and jewellery; a gallery dedicated to a unique object and a projection / events room. Temporary exhibitions are also regularly organised here.
In the neighbouring villages, there is the same richness: over 1500 artists and craftspeople are at work between the coast and the Cévennes region, dedicated to sometimes unsuspected crafts: feather workers, stained-glass artists, weavers, lamp specialists, fashion, etc.