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An inside view of Mauritian culture and arts

Mauritian art

Increasing numbers of tourists want to absorb the local way of life when they travel, and exploring the native art scene is the ideal way to connect with what a community holds dear.

With a cultural and artistic heritage derived from Africa, Asia and Europe, it’s no surprise that Mauritian arts embrace the broadest spectrum of languages, religions, ethnicities and traditions with the visual arts sector particularly adept at expressing all these different dynamics.

Such a wide sphere of influence makes for a thriving art scene, with local artisans producing everything from paintings and sculpture to glassware, textiles, jewellery, woodcarvings and woven crafts.

Where to head to in Mauritius 

Arts & crafts - Boat making

Begin your Mauritian art discovery at one of our renowned island galleries, such as Galerie du Moulin Cassé in Péreybère, a 130 year old sugar mill which houses a permanent collection of works by Malcolm de Chazal and nature photographer Diane Henry.

Or try 3A The Excellence of Art in Black River and Partage Gallery in Flic en Flac for more contemporary art and installations, or Seebaluck Art Gallery in Pointe aux Canonniers for a wide variety of local paintings including artists from Rodrigues and Réunion.

For local crafts and other types of artwork, take a trip to the craft market at Caudan Waterfront, or visit Studio 44 in the same location for glassware, jewellery and tableware.

And last but not least, don’t forget your hotel. Many are proud to display local artwork on their walls, such as the Hennessy Park Hotel who also host regular events featuring local and visiting artists.

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