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5th June 2017 - 11th June 2017

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Vermeille Internationale Art Exhibition

The fourth edition of the Exhibition of the artists of the Côte Vermeille will be held at the Dome in Port-Vendres from 5th to 11th June.

Organised by Vermeille Internationale, the exhibition offers local artists from the Côte Vermeille an opportunity to show their work. Over a hundred paintings, photos and sculptures from 30 different artists will be featured at this celebration of our region’s vast creative talent.

The private viewing will be on Tuesday 6th June, 6pm – 8pm and the exhibition will be open daily, 11am – 7pm. Events will be organised during the week in the gardens of the Dome, including a Garden Party on Saturday 10th June, 12pm – 3pm, and a jazz evening on Thursday 8th, 7pm – 11pm.

Further information, including registration forms for artists who would like to exhibit, can be found on the website.


Saturday 3rd June
Delivery of work 10am – 12.30pm (by appointment in the afternoon)
Hanging of work

Monday 5th June
Exhibition opening
Artists’ dinner 7pm

Tuesday 6th June
Private view 6pm – 8pm

Thursday 8th June
Tapas and jazz evening 7pm – 11pm

Saturday 10th June
Garden party 12pm – 3pm

Sunday 11th June
Removal of work from5pm

Le Dôme – Port Vendres

With Michael Brady

Le Dôme - Port Vendres (credit: M Hadler)From assemblies of legislatures that convene under them to zoological collections housed by them, domes signal unusual venues round the world.

France has many, including Le Dôme restaurant, an Art Déco masterpiece on the Left Bank in Paris, Le Dôme Théâtre in Albertville and the ultramodern Le Dôme entertainment centre in Marseille.

Though of lesser fame, Le Dôme in Port Vendres sets itself apart from its namesakes by having the most curious of dome histories.

Designed in the late 18th century by royal architect Charles de Wailly as one of the grand buildings contiguous with Place de l’Obélisque at the harbour, the neoclassical Le Dôme originally was meant to be a hotel for foreigners.

It must have done poorly at that, as in 1835, five years after Port Vendres became the principal port for dispatching soldiers and supplies to the French colony in Algeria, Le Dôme was given to the Army as a flat for the military governor of the adjoining barracks.

It fulfilled that role for some hundred years.

Partly destroyed during the Second World War, Le Dôme was restored afterwards as an art and culture centre. The restoration was visionary, as today Le Dôme offers a pallet of exhibitions, concerts and other cultural events, peaking in summer.

Inside, the chalk-white walls impart an aura of veneration to works displayed, and the lower-level garden facing l’Obélisque affords a splendid view of the harbour as well as superb acoustics for concerts held there.

At the garden level there’s a small, permanent gallery dedicated to the works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the famed early 20th century architect, designer and artist. The location is fitting, as in 1923, the scenes in and around Port Vendres prompted him to devote himself entirely to painting.

Opening hours throughout the year are 2.30pm – 7pm, or longer for special events.
For the schedule of upcoming events, contact the Port Vendres Office de tourisme (0468820754) or the Mairie (04 68820103)


5th June 2017
11th June 2017
Event Category:


Dome, Port-Vendres