Exhibition "Drawing of the territory - Territory of the drawing"

July 10 - September 3, 2021, LE HAVRE.

An exceptional collaborative project between Le Havre artist Patrice Balvay and a collective of Aboriginal women artists from the community of Haasts Bluff in the central desert of Australia.

As part of the event " Le Havre, Australian stopover " organized by the city of Le Havre, the French artist Patrice Balvay and a collective of Aboriginal women artists are producing two series of panoramic works in parallel, forming a unique installation.

These works are a topographical, symbolic and emotional transcription - on the model of the Aboriginal "dream" - of an experience of two territories: the city of Le Havre and the Australian desert.

The two series of works, 7 drawings and 7 paintings, are exhibited face to face in the Hanging Gardens in cell 10.

Patrice Balvay explains: "The depth of the cell, its mineral surface and its openness to natural light evoke rock shelters, former privileged places of painting in Australia. The unique work on offer resonates with the imaginations of artists from both hemispheres, linked by their intimate link with the territory as a living space. The exhibition offers a wandering and an immersion in the materiality of the drawing, a journey between two universes, which look at each other, extend, dialogue, to form a single one world, ours."

A project initiated by Patrice Balvay, organized in collaboration with IDAIA and the Ikuntji artists' cooperative in Haasts Bluff, in partnership with the City of Le Havre, and with the support of SIFA Logistics.


Useful information :

Dates: July 10 - September 3, 2021

Inauguration: Saturday July 10 - See the event

Exhibition's venue :

The Hanging Gardens
Cell 10
29 Rue Albert Copious
Hearty Street
76600 Le Havre

Free admission

Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 10.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Except July 21, 22 and 23: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

For any questions: info@idaia.com.au or info@idaia.fr

>> Exhibition catalog and price list available on request


To see the photos of the exhibition: click here

To see the works: click here


" Le Havre, Australian stopover 2021 " is a unique event from the City of Le Havre, which honors the island-continent and its special links with Le Havre.

On the program: photography exhibitions on Australia, artistic installations, discoveries of Australian sports practices, festive events around the arts or coffee, shows and concerts, cinema and readings, nature activities, family entertainment... as well as 4 major exhibitions exceptional heritage sites around contemporary Australian and Aboriginal art, which make Le Havre an unmissable destination from June 5 to November 7, 2021. 

Le Havre, Australian stopover 2021 is one of the highlights of the Australia Now France 2021-2022 program organized by the Australian government: a series of events and initiatives to strengthen and deepen bilateral relations between Australia and France, and reflect the cultural richness of Australia in several French cities. )


Drawing by Patrice Balvay in progress - Photo by Patrice Balvay, courtesy of the artist;
Eunice Napanangka Jack in progress - Photo by Chrischona Schmidt, courtesy of Ikuntji Artists.