The departmental council will finance the feasibility of setting up the artists’ collective, whose Toulouse premises are closed, in a place still kept secret in Ramonville.
The long story of the artist collective Mix’Art Myrys, ventured in 1995 in the shoe factory which gave it its name at the Patte d’Oie, passed through the Grand Hôtel de la rue de Metz in 2000 and, since 2005 , in warehouses in Ponts-Jumeaux, will it continue in Ramonville? The end of the subsidy from the Metropolis, then the administrative closure of the current premises for security reasons in January 2021, opened a new period of crisis for the association and the artists, punctuated by demonstrations in front of the Capitol. Yesterday, in the parking lot on rue Ferdinand-Lassalle, in front of a large fresco painted on the wall of the warehouse, Joël Lécussan, Mix’Art coordinator, and Malaury Goutoule, an artist member of the association’s council, spoke of for the first time the trail of a relocation to Ramonville in a place still kept secret.
For months, Joël Lécussan, who directed the street theater festival in Ramonville, and the mayor of the town, Christophe Lubac, have been in discussion. The scenario is not tied up because the sums at stake are important and the budget not yet there, but it received a boost from the departmental council which, during a recent meeting, announced its agreement to finance a feasibility study of the planned implantation. What Georges Méric, the president of the Department, and Christophe Lubac confirmed to us yesterday.
The scenario, said Joël Lécussan, remains that of a “temporary temporary installation”. But it does however blow a wind of hope in the collective of self-managed artists. Yesterday, it was triggered by the applause of the audience who came to attend a debate and performances.
Mix’Art Myrys has not yet said its last word on the Toulouse adventure. Joël Lécussan recounted the litigation with the town hall of Toulouse and the Metropolis. In January, the elected officials responsible for culture at the Metropolis, Gérard André and Nicole Yardeni, had added up all the expenses made in favor of Mix’Art, throwing the responsibility on his shoulders. Joël Lécussan in turn returned the ball. “We do not feel responsible for the situation. We have only dealt with the reality of premises never brought up to standard by the Metropolis”, the owner.
The conflict takes a legal turn: after a formal notice before the summer through the collective’s lawyer, Me Claire Dujardin, to force the Metropolis to do the work, Mix’Art is launching a legal action.