Mission Statement

Kunsthal Gent is an international platform for the presentation and development of fine arts.

Kunsthal Gent creates a strong artistic and professional context in which to experiment with new ways of developing and presenting art. The meeting and collaboration of a whole diversity of artistic and public participants serves as the driving force for a hybrid programme in which different identities respond to each other and the spatial context.

"The new type of art institute cannot merely be an art museum as it has been until now, but no museum at all. The new type will be more like a power station, a producer of new energy.”
Alexander Dorner, The Way Beyond ‘Art’: The Work of Herbert Bayer, ReInk Books, 2017 (1947), p.116.

Structural Partners

Long-term partnerships feed the artistic programme of Kunsthal Gent. These partners use the building as a base for a programme of their own devising. They regularly interact with the conceptual and spatial context as well as with Kunsthal Gent’s core programme of ongoing presentation and development flows.

  • Kunsthal Gent is the permanent screening venue and operational base of Art Cinema OFFoff vzw. In addition, OFFoff screens films at various locations in Flanders and collaborates with filmmakers, artists, curators and cultural partners from Flanders and abroad.
  • das Kunst vzw develops a youth collective in Kunsthal Ghent. With few rules and a lot of enthusiasm for experiment and expression, the collective engages in dialogue and reflects on art, the city and society. das Kunst offers artistic support, inspiration, time and material within the vibrant artistic space of Kunsthal Gent, in the middle of the city.
  • Curatorial Studies is an English-language postgraduate course at KASK School Of Arts. It is a one-year programme for students with a master's degree in the arts, humanities or exact sciences, with a particular focus on contemporary art. Parts of the programme take place in Kunsthal Gent.
Coordination Team

Kunsthal Gent is a non-profit organisation. Its activities are made possible by donations from visitors and sponsors, with the support of the City of Ghent and the Flemish Community, and with the help of many volunteers.


A visit to Kunsthal Gent is free. After your visit you can leave a donation according to the pay what you can principle.

Donations to Kunsthal Gent make this possible:

  • No entrance fee for exhibitions at Kunsthal Gent during opening hours on the weekend (11am-6pm)
  • A lively and visible platform for artists and organisations: local and international, emerging and established
  • Three special opening weekends per year with different new exhibitions
  • The support of six artists or organisations per year through the development platform of Kunsthal Gent
  • ...


Kunsthal Gent is always looking for volunteers and trainees to strengthen its operations. Click here to sign up.

Would you like to support Kunsthal Gent in a different way? Let us know by sending a message to info@kunsthal.gent

User's Manual

The user’s manual for Kunsthal Gent explains what the organisation is made of, how it is set up, whom it is for, how it can be used and what it can offer. It is made for the users (this includes the public) as well as for the staff and the artists. This manual consists of quotes, gathered from our mission statement, personal notes and team meetings, and quotes from the speakers that were invited in Kunsthal Gent’s 2018 fall programme.

Download: How to / start / collaborate with / work in / Kunsthal Gent: User’s Manual version Draft #1

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