#29: We make the program for the artist that we exhibit.|#15: Kunsthal Gent aims to be an extension of public space.|#4: Pay what you can.|#25: Never ask the artist to just present their work, ask them to co-create and co-organise the space.|#119: Be a space of production.|#60: Look after all tools. The moment it looks like things are missing it means that things are missing.|#94: No objections? Just do it.|#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.|#61: No all male install teams.|#17: An exhibition is never finished.|#88: Changing internships, artists, curators,... are important propositions to keep a fresh set of eyes.|#3: Entrance to all exhibitions at Kunsthal Gent is free.|#19: Have fun at the exhibition.|#54: What about disabled artists?|#141: Start a Publication Studio at Kunsthal Gent in the nearby future.|#2: Bring something new to the city of Ghent.|#10: Don’t be obsessed with numbers.|#79: The layered painting in the Old House has the potential to become the emblem to explain what Kunsthal Gent is doing.|#6: Demand that visitors are active.|#26: More artists, less borders.|#98: The success of it will not lie in the result but in the process.|#36: We support production separately.|#57: Volunteers must be: cared for / hands on / ready to learn / willing to share / in it to win it / show new or old tricks.|#105: Kunsthal Gent is local in scale, but globally connected.|#130: Be a uniquely charged and curated gallery that is an artwork in itself.|#29: We make the program for the artist that we exhibit.|#15: Kunsthal Gent aims to be an extension of public space.|#4: Pay what you can.|#25: Never ask the artist to just present their work, ask them to co-create and co-organise the space.|#119: Be a space of production.|#60: Look after all tools. The moment it looks like things are missing it means that things are missing.|#94: No objections? Just do it.|#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.|#61: No all male install teams.|#17: An exhibition is never finished.|#88: Changing internships, artists, curators,... are important propositions to keep a fresh set of eyes.|#3: Entrance to all exhibitions at Kunsthal Gent is free.|#19: Have fun at the exhibition.|#54: What about disabled artists?|#141: Start a Publication Studio at Kunsthal Gent in the nearby future.|#2: Bring something new to the city of Ghent.|#10: Don’t be obsessed with numbers.|#79: The layered painting in the Old House has the potential to become the emblem to explain what Kunsthal Gent is doing.|#6: Demand that visitors are active.|#26: More artists, less borders.|#98: The success of it will not lie in the result but in the process.|#36: We support production separately.|#57: Volunteers must be: cared for / hands on / ready to learn / willing to share / in it to win it / show new or old tricks.|#105: Kunsthal Gent is local in scale, but globally connected.|#130: Be a uniquely charged and curated gallery that is an artwork in itself.|
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Elke Van Kerckvoorde

Elke Van Kerckvoorde (Ghent 1992) studied at Luca School of Arts in Ghent (Master Visual Arts 2014)

Within the development programme of Kunsthal Gent, she is working on a project on the boundary between visual art, graphic design and crafts, in collaboration with stained glass studio Mestdagh and several artists and designers. The founder of the studio, Albert Mestdagh, learned the trade the Patershol, around the corner from the abbey where Kunsthal Ghent is situated. In 1947 he started his own studio, that after several generations recently moved to Merelbeke and is now run by his granddaughter Katrien Mestdagh.

Van Kerckvoorde, initially a painter, uses a variety of graphic techniques in her work. She pushes the graphic craft away from its original definition, diffusing the boundary between visual art and craft.

Work period in the Development Programme: October - December 2019
Q&A with Elke van Kerckvoorde: Friday 25 October, 20:00

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