armoiries Nontron

Monsieur Pascal BOURDEAU

Number of inhabitants 3 846
Department Dordogne
Town Hall Place Alfred Agard
Tél. : 05 53 60 84 00
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- Its professionals craftmen, its luxury indutries, its cutlery works (coutellerie nontronnaise and le Périgord)

- The Pôle Expérimental Métiers d’Art : experimental center for art&craft,

- The knife festival, in august,

- Rue des Métiers d’Art, art&craft fair in november,

- The Jardins des Arts (public garden).


The Pôle Expérimental Métiers d’Art de Nontron et du Périgord Vert (PEMA)

Founded in 1999, PEMA’s role is to help the development of craft-professions in the area, by:

- Organising artist-residencies and themed craft exhibitions throughout the year;

- Heightening the public’s awareness of these crafts through educational activities and training schemes;

- Assisting professional craftsmen to perpetuate their know-how and facilitate the development of their activity within the region;

- Informing and welcoming professional craftsmen wishing to settle in the region.

PEMA organises artist-residencies, in order to allow a sharing of experiences and to encourage collaboration between contemporary designers and professional craftsmen.

By organising regular workshops, PEMA also introduces schoolchildren to the diversity and significance of the craft professions.

Each year, PEMA hosts 5 exhibitions whose aim is to heighten public interest in the crafts. These are organised in conjunction with various professional associations (wood-turners, ceramists, weavers, stained-glass makers, furniture designers, designers and so on) and other cultural organisms.

Lastly, it organises cutlery exhibitions in the Espace Lames et Métaux.

Exhibitions : Château Nontron

10-13am and 2-6pm, Monday to Saturday - Closed Sunday and bank holidays,

Opened every day in July and August

Wheelchair access

Tel : 00 (33) 553 607 417 - metiersdart(at) -


Crédits Photos : Bernard Dupuy et PEMA