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Exhibitions and events

The cultural programme of the collegiate church of St Martin invites you to discover contemporary artistic work. Its exhibitions will engage you in creations as diverse as they are exciting. Music, voice, dance, digital arts, literature, heritage... a truly collaborative artistic experience !

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    Discover the main events of the collegiate church of St Martin :


    History or heritage ? Contemporary art ? Digital art ?

    In the collegiate church of St Martin, the last three months of every year are devoted to a large temporary exhibition. Alternating themes allow each visitor to find something to interest them and to make surprising  discoveries, whether historical, artistic or even sensory!

    All  events, date by date, can be found on our page « Agenda » (In French only)

    « Les Résonances Saint-Martin », the artistic season of the collegiate church

    An eclectic and high quality programme at the crossroads of the arts – such is the commitment of « Résonances St Martin ». Since 2010, each spring, the artistic season in the church has aimed to be ambitious, audacious and innovative, with surprises and  emotions in store !

    « L’Air numérique », a partnership with the festival « Premiers Plans d'Angers »

    In January of each year, in partnership with the « Premier Plans » film festival, « L'Air numérique » in the collegiate church of St Martin, gives pride of place to web-based filmmaking and digital artists. The selection of films on offer at the festival is complemented by installations in a  programme resolutely oriented towards the most recent creations and experimentations of innovative artists.

    Literary encounters of the collegiate church

    Imagine your favourite authors coming to speak to you about their work, their background, their latest book. And what if it was  « at home », like meeting a friend, in complete privacy?

    The « Literary Encounters of the Collegiate Church » are exactly that - a conversation between an invited author and Antoine Boussin, confidant of writers and host of these meetings. Each interview is a unique opportunity to get to know a favourite author better or discover another, to hear what inspires him or her and even to ask for an autograph during the signing session.

    « Les Nuits de la Collégiale »

    Each year during July and August, « Les Nuits de la Collégiale », offer an itinerate, dramatised tour, inviting you to  (re)discover the monument and its history in an original way. Singing, music, dance or circus arts  combine  with acting to the delight of spectators - an occasion to discover the famous or anonymous characters who make up the history of the collegiate church of St Martin.

    Museum night

    The collegiate church of St Martin is open and free to the public from 8pm to midnight on the Saturday of each edition of  European Museum Night.

    Designed in a festive and friendly spirit, themed tours or specific activities are proposed during this major annual event - a special and unique opportunity to enjoy the site at night in a completely different atmosphere and with an original programme.

    European Heritage Days

    Like all the properties owned by the département of Maine et Loire, the collegiate church of St Martin opens its doors each year to visitors for this high-profile European event, which takes place on the third weekend of September – an opportunity to enjoy  free entry and a guided tour to the monument, the permanent collection of sculptures and the temporary exhibition.

    Next edition, September 2021.

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