Like every year, in January, WIELS welcomes a new round of national and international artists in residence for a period of 3 to 6 months. The opportunity for each of them to participate to a programme oriented on practice, critical reflection, dialogue with peers, contacts with audiences.
For the first session of 2021, WIELS welcomes:
- Julien Englebert, Belgium
- Sandra Heremans, Belgium
- María José Murillo, Peru, with the support of Artus and ICPNA
- Eva Mustonen, Estonia, with the support of CCA Estonia
- Désiré Sawadogo, Burkina Faso, with the support of Africalia
- Lore D Selys, Belgium
- Agatha Wara, Norway with the support of OCA Norway
Partnerships are established with various institutions or foundations from different countries in order to fund the international residencies, including countries that are under-represented in the contemporary art scene, with the aim to reflect a certain geographical diversity. A jury composed of the artistic director of WIELS, Dirk Snauwaert, WIELS curators and the artist mentors of the programme, Sylvie Eyberg and Simon Thompson, selects the residents, with the occasional input of advisors who are deeply informed about the relevant countries’ art scenes.
Thanks to EXKi, Maison Dandoy, M. Xavier Hufkens, SOFAM, Mme Sylvie Winckler and to the WE Club for their support of the WIELS residency programme.