Yes, it's very frustrating. I'm a painter and sculptor living in the Cahors area, Fumel, 47500. I have managed to exhibit just once in Montauban three years ago.
However, I'm about to be included in a multi-person show at the Mairie in Fumel. Turns out that the Mairie has an adjointe culturelle with whom I tried to make contact last year, several times, showering them with business cards. Out of the blue, I got an E-Mail in January for an interview....Thankfully I have a website with all my work on it, so I was able to show the adjointe my work on the spot. I got accepted and now have to submit a list of works to show. Fingers crossed. The show is at the Galeries du Chateau de Fumel, in the Mairie, first two weeks of May if anyone fancies a look.