The figures exhibition and contest the "Open de Bretagne de la Figurine" will take place on 30 & 31 may 2009, at "L'Estuaire" hall in Couëron, near Nantes in Brittany (northern-western part of France). The Open de Bretagne is an event organized by the “Chevaliers du Centaure” painting club every two years. In 2009 it will reach its 5th anniversary. Until now it had taken place in late september-early october, but this year, due to a busy schedule, it has been decided to have it earlier.
After Allan Carrasco in 2007, the Guest of Honour at the 2009 edition will be Benoit CAUCHIES. Sculptor undisputed talent, he has been working for the biggest figures manufacturers, like today Pegaso, since the 90's.
. Download the contest terms and conditions (in French) : Click HERE. . Download the pre-registration form : Click HERE, if you do not register online. For the registration online, go HERE. Look at the list (PDF format) recorded pre-resgistred competitors, updated daily: Click HERE
The “Open de Bretagne” in figures : 500 pieces in competition, over 800 on exhibition, over 160 contestants from all over France and abroad and a thousand visitors over the week-end. Professionals are also presents : figures and tools manufactures, specialized press, painting demonstrations, etc…
Among the prizes given to the winners, there will be the awards realised by Greg Di Franco and offered by the club L.I.H.M.C.S. in Long Island (USA):
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For more informations on the figures in the last competition and the event atmosphere, visit the following pictures galleries.
Gallery: pictures of some figurines (by Guy Bibeyran)
Gallery: Atmosphere in the contest hall
Visit all the galleries of the 2007 competition: click here
For accommodation, we have an agreement with the Campanile Hotel in St-Herblain. The room rate is at € 34.00 (plus local tax and breackfast) per night, instead 68.00 €, for two people, throughout the weekend (friday, saturday and sunday night). Contact them at +33 (0)2 40 92 15 33. Other Hotel in the same area, Kyriad Hotel in St-Herblain. This is a new hotel, and the room rate is at € 47.00 per night, instead of € 100.00 . Contact them at +33 (0)2 72 01 00 00. In these two cases, you imperativelyhave to say that you come for the "Open de Bretagne organized by Les Chevaliers du Centaure". To locate the "L'Estuaire" hall (red marker), the Campanile hotel (blue marker) and the Kyriad hotel (green marker), see the map bellow:
All informations about the last edition in 2007 : click here In 2007, the contestants came from all over France : Nantes, Brest, Paris, Pau, Nice, Lyon, Toulouse ... and from abroad, like Belgium, the U.K, Spain and even (from as far as) Quebec !
You can zoom with the "+" or the '-' and move with the arrows. Enlarge the map
The official Figure
Here is the "Open de Bretagne 2009" official figure, a little "korrigan" (a wooden elf, here in Brittany) asleep in a real nutshell. It's entitled "Donan, the sleeping korrigan". This figure has been sculpted by Jean-Marc Couëtoux, member of our club. This figure is based on the graphic universe of the french illustrator Jean-Baptiste Monge. "Donan" is already available for sale at the price of5 euros ! Postage is around 1,5 euro for European Union for 1 to 3 pieces. Just Contact us for assistance if you wish to buy it!
The figures of the last editions are available on this page: click HERE
You can see some pieces painted by modellers who have already bought it : click HERE
This figure will the 1st prize of a painting trophy at the Open de Bretagne 2009 : the figurines, which have gained and painted before the competition, will be in competition for a special trophy, called "the korrigan Trophy". The winner will go with "Donan, the sleeping korrigan" figurine painted by the French Master Thomas DAVID, also member of our club. Click Hereto access the challenge terms and conditions.
In addition, a painting competition, this figure still on site but this one will be held during the Open de Bretagne. The competition called "slow painting" will seek to paint the figure during the weekend. The 1st prize win the figurine painted by Jean-Marc, wich you can see pictured here.
Sculpting and painting: Jean-Marc Couëtoux
You will find on this page some products about this event, Click HERE