#87: Always keep in mind there is something really special about being in a room that is 19 meters tall.|#111: Do it together.|#58: Kunsthal Gent is a monument. If you plan to drill a hole, contact Tomas first.|#40: Follow the artist|#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.|#94: No objections? Just do it.|#10: Don’t be obsessed with numbers.|#26: More artists, less borders.|#90: The best systems have a failure or ‘a hole’ in them…|#44: No name tags at dinner.|#141: Start a Publication Studio at Kunsthal Gent in the nearby future.|#57: Volunteers must be: cared for / hands on / ready to learn / willing to share / in it to win it / show new or old tricks.|#37: Operate with radical transparency.|#64: Arrange a distribution of forces.|#61: No all male install teams.|#91: Embrace doubt.|#2: Bring something new to the city of Ghent.|#35: The artist fee should be good.|#119: Be a space of production.|#107: Build a community / scene.|#68: Once in a while we need to get out of utopia and get something done.|#130: Be a uniquely charged and curated gallery that is an artwork in itself.|#74: Last one out turns of the lights.|#36: We support production separately.|#117: Consider design, organisational structures and architecture as programme.|#4: Pay what you can.|#105: Kunsthal Gent is local in scale, but globally connected.|#3: Entrance to all exhibitions at Kunsthal Gent is free.|#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|#32: Be pan-gender polyphonic.|#54: What about disabled artists?|#14: Can you also remain a toddler institution?|#55: Keep basic human needs on the forefront.|#81: Things come alive when there is friction.|#89: Build-in impurity within the organisation.|#84: The White Cube is a lie.|#20: Are exhibitions the most suitable form for the art that we present?|#112: Spaces today don’t need to be curated, but occupied.|#92: We’re a learning organisation.|#99: Evolve according to changing needs.|#75: A building is a capricious thing: it is inhabited and changed, and its existence is a tale of constant and curious transformation.|#65: No excuses: Thursday morning, team meeting.|#25: Never ask the artist to just present their work, ask them to co-create and co-organise the space.|#124: Do less, do it better.|#29: We make the program for the artist that we exhibit.|#51: How do we invite the true unknown?|#70: Have the office space inside the exhibition space, it reminds of you what you are doing.|#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.|#137: Use the publication as programming space|#30: Don’t work with artists who are assholes.|#16: Kunsthal Gent will always be a construction site.|#132: Things will always look weird when you’re the first doing it.|#21: Live with the exhibition, spend time with it.|#60: Look after all tools. The moment it looks like things are missing it means that things are missing.|#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.|#62: Don’t be a dick. Full dishwasher: empty it.|#98: The success of it will not lie in the result but in the process.|#82: Clean and sterile looks professional, but really boring.|#59: Always protect the floor when painting (or pouring concrete)|#15: Kunsthal Gent aims to be an extension of public space.|#28: Make Contracts.|#79: The layered painting in the Old House has the potential to become the emblem to explain what Kunsthal Gent is doing.|#127: Remain practical: what happens to the work in an endless exhibition?|#34: We pay artists.|#53: Immaterial support for artists is important.|#56: Take a lunch break.|#19: Have fun at the exhibition.|#131: A visitor who comes back after a week might discover new additions to the exhibition.|#24: We invest long-term in individual artists’ careers, working over time in different contexts. This also applies to designers / web-developers / photographers / volunteers /…|#17: An exhibition is never finished.|#6: Demand that visitors are active.|#23: That’s a very interesting piece, but how would it behave in a pizza joint?|#33: We will ensure work by female artists and curators make up at least 50% of our programme each year.|#87: Always keep in mind there is something really special about being in a room that is 19 meters tall.|#111: Do it together.|#58: Kunsthal Gent is a monument. If you plan to drill a hole, contact Tomas first.|#40: Follow the artist|#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.|#94: No objections? Just do it.|#10: Don’t be obsessed with numbers.|#26: More artists, less borders.|#90: The best systems have a failure or ‘a hole’ in them…|#44: No name tags at dinner.|#141: Start a Publication Studio at Kunsthal Gent in the nearby future.|#57: Volunteers must be: cared for / hands on / ready to learn / willing to share / in it to win it / show new or old tricks.|#37: Operate with radical transparency.|#64: Arrange a distribution of forces.|#61: No all male install teams.|#91: Embrace doubt.|#2: Bring something new to the city of Ghent.|#35: The artist fee should be good.|#119: Be a space of production.|#107: Build a community / scene.|#68: Once in a while we need to get out of utopia and get something done.|#130: Be a uniquely charged and curated gallery that is an artwork in itself.|#74: Last one out turns of the lights.|#36: We support production separately.|#117: Consider design, organisational structures and architecture as programme.|#4: Pay what you can.|#105: Kunsthal Gent is local in scale, but globally connected.|#3: Entrance to all exhibitions at Kunsthal Gent is free.|#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|#32: Be pan-gender polyphonic.|#54: What about disabled artists?|#14: Can you also remain a toddler institution?|#55: Keep basic human needs on the forefront.|#81: Things come alive when there is friction.|#89: Build-in impurity within the organisation.|#84: The White Cube is a lie.|#20: Are exhibitions the most suitable form for the art that we present?|#112: Spaces today don’t need to be curated, but occupied.|#92: We’re a learning organisation.|#99: Evolve according to changing needs.|#75: A building is a capricious thing: it is inhabited and changed, and its existence is a tale of constant and curious transformation.|#65: No excuses: Thursday morning, team meeting.|#25: Never ask the artist to just present their work, ask them to co-create and co-organise the space.|#124: Do less, do it better.|#29: We make the program for the artist that we exhibit.|#51: How do we invite the true unknown?|#70: Have the office space inside the exhibition space, it reminds of you what you are doing.|#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.|#137: Use the publication as programming space|#30: Don’t work with artists who are assholes.|#16: Kunsthal Gent will always be a construction site.|#132: Things will always look weird when you’re the first doing it.|#21: Live with the exhibition, spend time with it.|#60: Look after all tools. The moment it looks like things are missing it means that things are missing.|#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.|#62: Don’t be a dick. Full dishwasher: empty it.|#98: The success of it will not lie in the result but in the process.|#82: Clean and sterile looks professional, but really boring.|#59: Always protect the floor when painting (or pouring concrete)|#15: Kunsthal Gent aims to be an extension of public space.|#28: Make Contracts.|#79: The layered painting in the Old House has the potential to become the emblem to explain what Kunsthal Gent is doing.|#127: Remain practical: what happens to the work in an endless exhibition?|#34: We pay artists.|#53: Immaterial support for artists is important.|#56: Take a lunch break.|#19: Have fun at the exhibition.|#131: A visitor who comes back after a week might discover new additions to the exhibition.|#24: We invest long-term in individual artists’ careers, working over time in different contexts. This also applies to designers / web-developers / photographers / volunteers /…|#17: An exhibition is never finished.|#6: Demand that visitors are active.|#23: That’s a very interesting piece, but how would it behave in a pizza joint?|#33: We will ensure work by female artists and curators make up at least 50% of our programme each year.|
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KUNSTHAL GENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME – permanently practising
The development programme 'Permanently Practising' offers the context of Kunsthal Gent - an experimental intersection for contemporary art, located in a 13th century monastery in the centre of Ghent - as a workspace and an opportunity for the development of artistic practice.

A trajectory in the development programme is offered as a fellowship: a grant with a work period of three months to one year. This is a period of research and development, tailored with and around each selected participant, supported by a team of collaborators and invited guests. Participants are challenged to leave their mark on Kunsthal Gent’s public programme in experimental ways. Each work period has a total budget of €5,000 (incl. VAT).

OPEN CALL 2021

Through this call we’re looking for 5 artists or collectives based in Belgium** who are offered a work period in 2021. [THIS CALL IS CLOSED]

DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME 2019-2020

In 2019 Kunsthal Gent launched an open call for six artists, collectives or collaboration initiatives who were offered a Development Fellowship in 2019-2020. From more than 250 entries, a jury (the artistic coordinators together with representatives of Kunsthal Gent's structural partners and artists who were part of the programme) selected six artists and collectives to be hosted in Kunsthal Gent in 2019-2020:

Saddie Choua (Brussels)
Elke Van Kerckvoorde (Ghent)
The Post Collective (Ghent)
Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee (Amsterdam)
Younes Baba-Ali (Brusselh)
Émilie Brout & Maxime Marion (Paris)

Due to the corona crisis, several of these artists' activities will be postponed until 2021. Keep an eye on our events page for public moments.


KUNSTHAL GENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME – permanently practising

FOR WHOM
- For individual artists, collectives or collaboration initiatives (hereafter: artists) with a clear need to explore a new direction and/or to experiment with ideas for which they did not previously find the support or the courage.
- The development programme supports contemporary visual arts and is open to practices at the intersection of other artistic disciplines and fields.
- We welcome proposals from visual arts practitioners of any age, gender, position and cultural background. We explicitly strive for diversity in the programme.
- For the duration of the fellowship, the participant cannot be a student or take part in any other supporting structure (other residencies, PhD students, ...). The available support for artists is limited; we want to avoid double/overlapping support.
- ** The call for 2021 is aimed at artists based in Belgium, as international travel remains an uncertain factor for an indefinite period of time due to Covid-19. In the selection, however, Kunsthal Gent still strives for a balance between artists with local, national and international backgrounds.

WHAT WE OFFER

- Work period - two options:
1) Three-month work period: a compact period with a concentrated on-site presence, starting in February, June or October 2021.
2) Work period of up to one year: a longer period with an on-site presence spread over several working moments. These stretched work periods are intended for artists from Ghent or proposals that require an attention that is more spread out, e.g. because they are focused on public and/or social space.
- The entire context of Kunsthal Gent is made available and includes shared workspaces. We do not provide individual studios.
- Possibility for accommodation: Kunsthal Gent has an apartment for 1 or 2 persons.
- The possibility to make your mark on the public programme (The development programme does not include an exhibition, this is a separate programme within Kunsthal Gent.)
- Budget: €5,000 all-in, to be used according to the needs of the proposal. This includes an initial fee of €500 for developing a detailed plan and €4,500 for all other costs (artist fee, travel expenses, production costs, VAT, ...).

PROCEDURE & SELECTION

The selection procedure takes place in two rounds: in the first round we ask you to explain your practice or partnership and sketch a first picture of your ideas for a work period. In the second round, 10 candidates are asked to work out a detailed proposal. From these, 5 candidates are selected. The duration and start of the work period will be determined during the second round, in dialogue with Kunsthal Gent.

FIRST ROUND

- You can apply until 25/10/2020 with a concise portfolio, a description of your practice and a biography, a concise initial plan, possible cooperation partners and ideas for a public moment or programme.
- We only accept applications via the online form.
- Language. You can apply in English or Dutch (English is preferred because of the international jury.)
- Jury. In the first round the jury consists of the 2 artistic coordinators of Kunsthal Gent, 2 representatives of partner organisations and 2 current participants in the Development Programme ‘Permanently Practising’.
- Feedback. Due to the number of applications we expect, it is not possible to receive feedback on applications in the first round.
- Shortlist. The jury selects 10 candidates for the shortlist, who will receive an invitation to work out a detailed proposal. A fee of €500 (incl. VAT) per artist is provided for this.

SECOND ROUND

- Detailed proposal and interview. The 10 shortlisted candidates present their detailed proposal live or online.
- Selection. The interviews will take place with the artistic coordinators of Kunsthal Gent, Danielle van Zuijlen and Valentijn Goethals, who will make the final selection of 5 proposals.

TIMING (new dates - may be subject to change)

- Sunday 25 October: deadline first round
- By 20 November: shortlist first round to be contacted
- 30 November: submission of detailed proposals
- Interviews: 2-4-7 December
- By 11 December: announcement of the final selection

HOW KUNSTHAL GENT SUPPORTS ARTISTIC DEVELOPMENT

- We challenge artists to propose a plan for a significant development of their practice, for which the context of Kunsthal Gent can offer a fertile environment.
- We support development plans with time, space and a budget that enables collaboration and dialogue with relevant experts or colleagues.
- We encourage artists to look for partners (another artist, a curator, a theorist, an expert in another field, a local organisation, ...) to collaborate with on the proposed plan.
- We offer a dynamic context to work in and share your practice and research with colleagues and audience. The development programme runs parallel to the exhibition programme and intersects with the public programme of Kunsthal Gent (like the Friday evening events programme around artist’s practices.) We challenge artists to make their mark on the public programme, preferably in experimental ways. Think of an artist talk, interview, debate, lecture by invited guests, performance, interventions, publication, screening, new experimental formats, …
- Your contact person is Danielle van Zuijlen, artistic coordinator Kunsthal Gent.

CONTEXT: KUNSTHAL GENT

For more information about the specific context of Kunsthal Gent, which defines the conditions for the development programme, we advise you to check the website and our user’s manual.
Still have questions? Contact us.

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