AAIR (Antwerp Artists in Residence) grants time, space and mobility to artists. AAIR operates both as an artist residency and a provider of studios, with the aim of fostering a dynamic and sustainable context for artistic work, at the intersection of local development and international exchange.
As a studio provider, we rent out workspaces in a growing number of buildings around the city. We currently provide studios to over 200 local artists and creatives across 15 locations. Our team ensures that they are affordably priced and well-maintained. We also actively engage in debates on studio policies and organize yearly open studio days.
As an artist residency, we run a development programme for local artists and set up international residency exchanges with partners around the world. Each resident is provided with financial, practical and curatorial support to develop their practice or project in an open environment that encourages critical dialogue and artistic experimentation.
Located behind the Antwerp Zoo and Central station, the residency building is at once a workplace and a meeting place, and also occasionally hosts presentations. The former monastery adjacent to it houses the residency studios and garden, which we share with our partner Kunsthal Extra City.
Open Wednesday-Sunday from 11am-5pm and Fridays from 11am-8pm.
De Warande proposes art and society can re-enforce each other by building bridges. Art inspires, confronts, moves, challenges, and gives hope. Imagination is a necessity for questioning the known, and show us the unknown. De Warande believes the narratives of art enrich our society.
De Warande proposes art to be a social binder: art shows us how the world can be different; better, perhaps.
Sint Lucas Antwerpen moved to a new location and is currently developing how they will approach their new exhibition space.
Open Thursday-Saturday from 2-6pm and by appointment.
Tique is a platform for contemporary art, with an exhibition and project space (Tique | art space) and a printed and online magazine (Tique | art paper). Tique also publishes books and editions.
LLS Paleis is an alternative art space in Antwerp, a free port for the visual arts, a place where artist can find an ally.
Starting from this attitude, the organisation does not confirm traditional values of contemporary art, but focuses on the experimental and the challenging. This means LLS presents itself as the place where the structural and fundamental standardisation of the art world is questioned and the input by the artist takes a central position. Apart from solo presentations, larger theme exhibitions are organised, which, through their unconventional approach, contribute in a unique way to the discourse within contemporary art. The focus is on what is stubborn and less obvious in an artist's oeuvre, in order to spread a more intricate and broad understanding of art.
LLS 387 was founded in September 2007 at Ulrike Lindmayr's initiative, who was also the organisation's director until 2017. The name of the not-for-profit space refers to the address (Lange LeemStraat 387) in Antwerp where it was located. Stella Lohaus commits herself to the next ten years of LLS. From 2018 onwards, the exhibition space will be located at Paleisstraat 140 in Antwerp and will therefore be called LLS Paleis.
Founded in 1663 by the painter David Teniers the Younger, the Antwerp Academy was one of the first art schools in the world. It is also one of the very first artists’ initiatives. Over the centuries, the Antwerp Academy, with its historic campus, has become an established name in the international art world.
As an active player in Antwerp’s art scene and in collaboration with national and international art institutions and educational organizations, the Academy profiles itself as a hub where students, researchers, external partners and a diverse audience can meet each other in an inspiring international biotope.
A great number of exhibitions and events take place within the Academy’s walls as well as in our historical garden, all organized by students, teachers, researchers and external curators or artists’ collectives.
Apart from that, the Academy also has an active policy in publishing its artistic research.
Window gallery, open continuously.
The Frans Masereel Centrum combines an international residency program for contemporary artists with an innovative project and exhibition schedule. Located in a secluded wooded area, and equipped with a dynamic printmaking workshop, it is one of the most challenging and inspiring environments for visual artists to investigate printed matter in all its aspects, or to embrace it as part of a broader artistic practice. Critics, writers, curators and academics also use our facilities, to conduct theoretical research in the private context of an active arts center. Every year, approximately 50 artists and critics are selected by an external jury. Additionally, the center also runs a well-received program exclusively for students from national and international art colleges and universities.
Exhibitions include solo projects, thematic group exhibitions as well as the long-term series "Curating the Woodland". Every year, a number of Affiliated Artists are also invited, while other artists are given a commission. Punctual collaborations with artists or partnering institutions happen as well.
Since its inauguration in 1972, the Frans Masereel Centrum has grown into a unique, internationally acclaimed working and meeting place with specific attention to development and creation, dialogue, research and knowledge transfer, as well as international and intergenerational cooperation. By systematically including work from each resident in its collection, the Frans Masereel Centrum now manages more than 20,000 pieces.
Contemporary art space De Garage offers a visual arts programme that aims to complement museums and art spaces. De Garage chooses for a smaller scale and intense production of new exhibitions, with special attention for young artists. De Garage also values regular overviews of established artists' bodies of work.
Hof Van Busleyden
24, 25 and 31 december, 1 january
C A S S T L is an artist initiative run by Carla Arocha, Stéphane Schraenen and Luc Tuymans and is located in Antwerps harbor neighborhood.
Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2-6pm and by appointment during exhibitions.
The Mothership is an artist initiative / small art space founded by Veronik Willems and co-run by Sophie Anson, Josine De Roover, Koen Sels and Rinus Van de Velde. We organize exhibitions by fellow artists with various artistic and other backgrounds. To do so, we start from artistic affinity and try to ignore a few (often artificial) boundaries and parameters, such as age, aesthetics, medium, genre, concept, (local) scene and so on. Not because categories and ideas do not matter, but because today it seems better to be aesthetically fluid and open, than to wallow in a sad narcissism of small differences.
Het Bos is an artistic house in the middle of the city
After 16 years of isolation on the fringe of Antwerp, between the nettles and away from everything, Scheld'apen founded a new house in the center of town. A house for artists, bricoleurs, makers, thinkers and others. Het Bos not only offers art but also coffee, soup, organic beer, aimless palaver and dancing. Het Bos loves odd, queerness and deviance. Het Bos thinks and acts sustainable, it's her natural state. Het Bos an sich is relatively eternal, things in Het Bos are relatively temporary. Het Bos is a permanent experiment.
In Het Bos we find:
● A cosy bar for coffee, beers and lunch
● A concert venue
● An exhibition space
● Spaces for theater film and other shows
● Creation and residency spaces
● A kitchen, pizza oven and a mobile restaurant
● A garden
● Several nooks and crannies
Opening hours: Wed - Sat from 12pm to 12am, Sunday from 9am until 4pm. These hours can shift depending on the program of the day.
Het Bos is a Cultural Center for the Youth supported by the city of Antwerp and a Multi-disciplinary Artistic workspace supported by the Flemish Community
BEHIND BARS -ruimte voor kunst- is an art space and artist initiative founded in 2014 by the artists Anne-Marie Volders and Ronald De Preter. The gallery aims to show 20th Century & Contemporary Art.
Open Friday and Saturday from 2-6pm during exhibitions and by appointment.
The name OUT OF SIGHT reflects both the physical and metaphorical state of the organisation. The venue is on the fringe of the city of Antwerp, in a residential area outside the inner ring. Metaphorically, OUT OF SIGHT aims to find a potential hidden within what we often perceive as different, marginal or even unwanted. There is room for the ephemeral and the ambiguous. A space where the poetic and the political can meet, within contemporary art.
As a small scale organisation it is easier to stay independent. This allows for a self-critical, flexible and experimental approach. The program is build around international cooperations among artists, curators, researchers and the public at large.
OUT OF SIGHT was founded in 2018 by Dušica Dražić, an artist and curator from Belgrade, living in Antwerp since 2014 and Wim Janssen, an artist from Antwerp.
Open Friday to Sunday from 12-6pm during exhibitions.
In the context of an architecture office, B scene serves as a perfect platform where people can think about the quality (of life) of architecture within urbanism and the problems of environmental boredom that lead to alienation and the reduction of social cohesion.
Art can be a factor that makes people look and think differently, it can be an "accent" that elevates the living in everyday’s gray reality.
The Room for Art, B scene can be a generator to bring people together at various levels to get acquainted with what artists can contribute to our quality of life.
Artists do not only show their work, they enter into a dialogue with city planners, architects, urbanists and ... politicians who often get the first and last word.
B scene plays a connecting, advisory role within the activities of Binst Architects.
B scene can generate innovations for larger projects, in combination with and based on presentations in B scene as a "be seen" for another "being" of art, i.e. "the public" within the architectural organization of living, working, learning and relaxing.
RAAT is an open city lab in the centre of Antwerp where emerging creative talent can develop and present their work. Crossing a wide range of disciplines, RAAT supports new and experimental forms of youth culture. Ten projects are selected from an annual open call by an independent jury consisting of five of their peers. Each selected project will take over the RAAT space for a period of three consecutive weeks and will receive financial, practical, and artistic support — resulting in a programme created by artists and creatives that allows to discover new and diverse initiatives.
RAAT is an initiative by AAIR.
TICK TACK (May, 2019) is a new destination for contemporary art in Antwerp. TT realizes, presents and promotes international exhibitions and video art screenings, complemented with publications and an extensive digital archive.
Housed in the brutalist complex ‘De Zonnewijzer’ (The Sundial), a 1955 key work by architect Léon Stynen, TICK TACK occupies a historic duplex at a vivid city intersection, facing the tram stop and landscape park 'De Harmonie'. The 6-meter-high window functions as an interface between artists and audience, and between private and public space.
The TICK TACK program is dual.
By day, TT presents exhibitions, at sunset, the window transforms into a projection screen under the name
CINEMA TICK TACK
CTT is a new and exclusive platform for moving image works. Reaching numerous of passersby and commuters on a daily basis, CTT serves as a channel, stimulating a connection in its urban setting.
As a result, both day and night, TT constantly challenges the physical and mental boundaries between inside and out.
NICC is a non-profit artists initiative run by and for artists, an artist-run space, which today celebrates its 22nd anniversary.
The core activity of the NICC is to promote, critique, and feed the debate on the development of the artistic practice and the framework within which this takes place. NICC develops social actions and an exhibition program, that influences each other and goes hand in hand.
After leading a nomadic existence for several years, NICC has its own space since the new year in the Leopoldstraat 55, named BOTANICC. The space will not only be used for exhibitions, lectures, film screenings, debates, etc. but will also serve as the NICC headquarters, with a public archive.
BOTANICC is open by appointment, please mail to email@example.com, and when an event is organized in the space, this will be announced on their social media and website.