#98: The success of it will not lie in the result but in the process.|#25: Never ask the artist to just present their work, ask them to co-create and co-organise the space.|#60: Look after all tools. The moment it looks like things are missing it means that things are missing.|#21: Live with the exhibition, spend time with it.|#88: Changing internships, artists, curators,... are important propositions to keep a fresh set of eyes.|#75: A building is a capricious thing: it is inhabited and changed, and its existence is a tale of constant and curious transformation.|#124: Do less, do it better.|#36: We support production separately.|#141: Start a Publication Studio at Kunsthal Gent in the nearby future.|#68: Once in a while we need to get out of utopia and get something done.|#79: The layered painting in the Old House has the potential to become the emblem to explain what Kunsthal Gent is doing.|#105: Kunsthal Gent is local in scale, but globally connected.|#74: Last one out turns of the lights.|#24: We invest long-term in individual artists’ careers, working over time in different contexts. This also applies to designers / web-developers / photographers / volunteers /…|#130: Be a uniquely charged and curated gallery that is an artwork in itself.|#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|#111: Do it together.|#90: The best systems have a failure or ‘a hole’ in them…|#23: That’s a very interesting piece, but how would it behave in a pizza joint?|#55: Keep basic human needs on the forefront.|#20: Are exhibitions the most suitable form for the art that we present?|#14: Can you also remain a toddler institution?|#94: No objections? Just do it.|#29: We make the program for the artist that we exhibit.|#81: Things come alive when there is friction.|#98: The success of it will not lie in the result but in the process.|#25: Never ask the artist to just present their work, ask them to co-create and co-organise the space.|#60: Look after all tools. The moment it looks like things are missing it means that things are missing.|#21: Live with the exhibition, spend time with it.|#88: Changing internships, artists, curators,... are important propositions to keep a fresh set of eyes.|#75: A building is a capricious thing: it is inhabited and changed, and its existence is a tale of constant and curious transformation.|#124: Do less, do it better.|#36: We support production separately.|#141: Start a Publication Studio at Kunsthal Gent in the nearby future.|#68: Once in a while we need to get out of utopia and get something done.|#79: The layered painting in the Old House has the potential to become the emblem to explain what Kunsthal Gent is doing.|#105: Kunsthal Gent is local in scale, but globally connected.|#74: Last one out turns of the lights.|#24: We invest long-term in individual artists’ careers, working over time in different contexts. This also applies to designers / web-developers / photographers / volunteers /…|#130: Be a uniquely charged and curated gallery that is an artwork in itself.|#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|#111: Do it together.|#90: The best systems have a failure or ‘a hole’ in them…|#23: That’s a very interesting piece, but how would it behave in a pizza joint?|#55: Keep basic human needs on the forefront.|#20: Are exhibitions the most suitable form for the art that we present?|#14: Can you also remain a toddler institution?|#94: No objections? Just do it.|#29: We make the program for the artist that we exhibit.|#81: Things come alive when there is friction.|
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DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME– permanently practising

In the fall of 2020 we launched an open call for work periods in 2021. Due to corona, this call was focused on artists in Belgium only. From 160 entries, the artistic team, together with representatives from partner organizations and artists in the programme, selected the following artists and collectives:

Cairography Collective
Philippine Hoegen, Julia Reist, Miriam Hempel + guests
Lore Snauwaert
Elien Ronse

CHT/Totalism.org Hackbase

Grace Ndiritu

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.

OPEN CALL 2021 [THIS CALL IS CLOSED]
ONLINE FORM OPEN CALL 2021

Download this open call in PDF

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, ...).

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.

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.

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.

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, the artistic coordinators together with representatives of Kunsthal Gent's structural partners and artists who were part of the programme selected six artists:

Saddie Choua (Brussels)
Elke Van Kerckvoorde (Ghent)
The Post Collective (Ghent)
Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee (Amsterdam)
Younes Baba-Ali (Brussel)
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.

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