#57: Volunteers must be: cared for / hands on / ready to learn / willing to share / in it to win it / show new or old tricks.|#90: The best systems have a failure or ‘a hole’ in them…|#111: Do it together.|#99: Evolve according to changing needs.|#44: No name tags at dinner.|#56: Take a lunch break.|#119: Be a space of production.|#68: Once in a while we need to get out of utopia and get something done.|#87: Always keep in mind there is something really special about being in a room that is 19 meters tall.|#32: Be pan-gender polyphonic.|#137: Use the publication as programming space|#74: Last one out turns of the lights.|#60: Look after all tools. The moment it looks like things are missing it means that things are missing.|#91: Embrace doubt.|#130: Be a uniquely charged and curated gallery that is an artwork in itself.|#35: The artist fee should be good.|#47: Artists need to be supported more than ever in the development of their practice due to the gaps that have been created in the field of fine art|#65: No excuses: Thursday morning, team meeting.|#5: Kunsthal Gent is a city where different identities collide in an ongoing exhibition without end date. New exhibitions are always a new layer in this ongoing story.|#15: Kunsthal Gent aims to be an extension of public space.|#6: Demand that visitors are active.|#36: We support production separately.|#3: Entrance to all exhibitions at Kunsthal Gent is free.|#17: An exhibition is never finished.|#81: Things come alive when there is friction.|#89: Build-in impurity within the organisation.|#79: The layered painting in the Old House has the potential to become the emblem to explain what Kunsthal Gent is doing.|#20: Are exhibitions the most suitable form for the art that we present?|#28: Make Contracts.|#30: Don’t work with artists who are assholes.|#23: That’s a very interesting piece, but how would it behave in a pizza joint?|#127: Remain practical: what happens to the work in an endless exhibition?|#59: Always protect the floor when painting (or pouring concrete)|#54: What about disabled artists?|#62: Don’t be a dick. Full dishwasher: empty it.|#33: We will ensure work by female artists and curators make up at least 50% of our programme each year.|#55: Keep basic human needs on the forefront.|#39: Be the early stepping stone in an artist’s career|#88: Changing internships, artists, curators,... are important propositions to keep a fresh set of eyes.|#124: Do less, do it better.|#112: Spaces today don’t need to be curated, but occupied.|#117: Consider design, organisational structures and architecture as programme.|#25: Never ask the artist to just present their work, ask them to co-create and co-organise the space.|#82: Clean and sterile looks professional, but really boring.|#26: More artists, less borders.|#16: Kunsthal Gent will always be a construction site.|#4: Pay what you can.|#19: Have fun at the exhibition.|#21: Live with the exhibition, spend time with it.|#94: No objections? Just do it.|#70: Have the office space inside the exhibition space, it reminds of you what you are doing.|#40: Follow the artist|#64: Arrange a distribution of forces.|#24: We invest long-term in individual artists’ careers, working over time in different contexts. This also applies to designers / web-developers / photographers / volunteers /…|#120: 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.|#10: Don’t be obsessed with numbers.|#75: A building is a capricious thing: it is inhabited and changed, and its existence is a tale of constant and curious transformation.|#141: Start a Publication Studio at Kunsthal Gent in the nearby future.|#61: No all male install teams.|#53: Immaterial support for artists is important.|#105: Kunsthal Gent is local in scale, but globally connected.|#98: The success of it will not lie in the result but in the process.|#92: We’re a learning organisation.|#29: We make the program for the artist that we exhibit.|#37: Operate with radical transparency.|#58: Kunsthal Gent is a monument. If you plan to drill a hole, contact Tomas first.|#51: How do we invite the true unknown?|#107: Build a community / scene.|#34: We pay artists.|#14: Can you also remain a toddler institution?|#131: A visitor who comes back after a week might discover new additions to the exhibition.|#2: Bring something new to the city of Ghent.|#84: The White Cube is a lie.|#132: Things will always look weird when you’re the first doing it.|#57: Volunteers must be: cared for / hands on / ready to learn / willing to share / in it to win it / show new or old tricks.|#90: The best systems have a failure or ‘a hole’ in them…|#111: Do it together.|#99: Evolve according to changing needs.|#44: No name tags at dinner.|#56: Take a lunch break.|#119: Be a space of production.|#68: Once in a while we need to get out of utopia and get something done.|#87: Always keep in mind there is something really special about being in a room that is 19 meters tall.|#32: Be pan-gender polyphonic.|#137: Use the publication as programming space|#74: Last one out turns of the lights.|#60: Look after all tools. The moment it looks like things are missing it means that things are missing.|#91: Embrace doubt.|#130: Be a uniquely charged and curated gallery that is an artwork in itself.|#35: The artist fee should be good.|#47: Artists need to be supported more than ever in the development of their practice due to the gaps that have been created in the field of fine art|#65: No excuses: Thursday morning, team meeting.|#5: Kunsthal Gent is a city where different identities collide in an ongoing exhibition without end date. New exhibitions are always a new layer in this ongoing story.|#15: Kunsthal Gent aims to be an extension of public space.|#6: Demand that visitors are active.|#36: We support production separately.|#3: Entrance to all exhibitions at Kunsthal Gent is free.|#17: An exhibition is never finished.|#81: Things come alive when there is friction.|#89: Build-in impurity within the organisation.|#79: The layered painting in the Old House has the potential to become the emblem to explain what Kunsthal Gent is doing.|#20: Are exhibitions the most suitable form for the art that we present?|#28: Make Contracts.|#30: Don’t work with artists who are assholes.|#23: That’s a very interesting piece, but how would it behave in a pizza joint?|#127: Remain practical: what happens to the work in an endless exhibition?|#59: Always protect the floor when painting (or pouring concrete)|#54: What about disabled artists?|#62: Don’t be a dick. Full dishwasher: empty it.|#33: We will ensure work by female artists and curators make up at least 50% of our programme each year.|#55: Keep basic human needs on the forefront.|#39: Be the early stepping stone in an artist’s career|#88: Changing internships, artists, curators,... are important propositions to keep a fresh set of eyes.|#124: Do less, do it better.|#112: Spaces today don’t need to be curated, but occupied.|#117: Consider design, organisational structures and architecture as programme.|#25: Never ask the artist to just present their work, ask them to co-create and co-organise the space.|#82: Clean and sterile looks professional, but really boring.|#26: More artists, less borders.|#16: Kunsthal Gent will always be a construction site.|#4: Pay what you can.|#19: Have fun at the exhibition.|#21: Live with the exhibition, spend time with it.|#94: No objections? Just do it.|#70: Have the office space inside the exhibition space, it reminds of you what you are doing.|#40: Follow the artist|#64: Arrange a distribution of forces.|#24: We invest long-term in individual artists’ careers, working over time in different contexts. This also applies to designers / web-developers / photographers / volunteers /…|#120: 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.|#10: Don’t be obsessed with numbers.|#75: A building is a capricious thing: it is inhabited and changed, and its existence is a tale of constant and curious transformation.|#141: Start a Publication Studio at Kunsthal Gent in the nearby future.|#61: No all male install teams.|#53: Immaterial support for artists is important.|#105: Kunsthal Gent is local in scale, but globally connected.|#98: The success of it will not lie in the result but in the process.|#92: We’re a learning organisation.|#29: We make the program for the artist that we exhibit.|#37: Operate with radical transparency.|#58: Kunsthal Gent is a monument. If you plan to drill a hole, contact Tomas first.|#51: How do we invite the true unknown?|#107: Build a community / scene.|#34: We pay artists.|#14: Can you also remain a toddler institution?|#131: A visitor who comes back after a week might discover new additions to the exhibition.|#2: Bring something new to the city of Ghent.|#84: The White Cube is a lie.|#132: Things will always look weird when you’re the first doing it.|
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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.

User's Manual: Draft #1