The biggest city of Michigan, Detroit, is a bit of an insider tip when it comes to cultural visits. It has a prominent contemporary art scene, with many excellent exhibition spaces, and has some stunning public art and street art. There are also several contemporary art events that happen regularly in this multi-layered city.

Orchard Lake Fine Art Show

27th and 28th July 2019, at West Bloomfield

Out of more than four thousand art shows in America, the Orchard Lake Fine Art Show has been voted among the top one hundred. A selection of up to 150 fine artists is exhibited here, including some fine craftwork from artisans. All work is original and is judged by experienced art professionals.

Detroit Artists Market

The Detroit Artists Market is in the heart of Detroit’s buzzing contemporary art scene. Established in 1932, as a venue for local artists to sell their art, it has stood the test of time and is the oldest non-profit gallery in the Midwest. It is close to the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Wayne State University, and is the best place to see the work of up-and-coming artists in Detroit.

The Heidelberg Project

The Heidelberg Project is a unique open-air art gallery, founded in 1986 by Tyree Guyton, to revitalise Detroit’s East Side. He and his fellow artists have transformed the neighbourhood into a stunning art installation, bringing art directly to the public, outside of a gallery context. There are several painted houses and exciting exhibitions. It is undoubtedly the aim of the project to turn Detroit into a place of artistic and cultural importance.