Up to 20 artists participate in the residency programme each year, in two sessions of 6 months. For each session, 2-3 of the 9 studios in WIELS are allocated to Belgium-based artists, while the remaining are dedicated to international residents, who are selected through specific calls. The artists are not selected based on age or renown, but on the originality and quality of their discourse and aesthetic language.
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, and the artist mentors of the programme, Willem Oorebeek, Sylvie Eyberg and Simon Thompson, select the residents, with the occasional input of advisors who are deeply informed about the relevant countries’ art scenes.
A residency at WIELS
Artists and their practice are the core commitment of WIELS, therefore the process of conception, creation and production is made possible on a daily basis, discretely but consistently, remote from public exposure. WIELS offers a programme oriented on practice, critical reflection, dialogue with peers, contacts with audiences.
The residency provides working spaces in a suitable environment for artists who seek autonomy, feedback and/or interaction with peers, and the interdisciplinary art scene that Brussels in particular offers, engaging in current artistic and theoretical debates through weekly discussions with the mentors, visits, presentations and public interactions with audiences.
The WIELS residency thus helps artists to develop their work and their professional practice.
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Coordination: Eva Gorsse
With the support of
De Vlaamse Gemeenschap