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Symposium MADE BY ARTISTS within the framework of OPEN STUDIO’S
Friday 23 september, 7pm, HQ Born in Antwerp
Introduction: OPEN STUDIO’S stands for the collaboration between artist’s initiative NICC (www.nicc.be) and Antwerp based studio organisation Studio Start (www.studiostart.be). Their collaborative projects focus on the importance and the role of the professional artist’s studio and practice in relation to the city and its developments. The central theme is always ’the City & the Artist’
Symposium MADE BY ARTISTS
In 2016 OPEN STUDIO’S symposium focuses on the interaction between the arts and city developments.
How does an artist’s community - their innovative projects and organisations - give form and content to a city?
How can an intensified interaction between the arts and city policy lead to win-win projects in a city like Brussels or Antwerp, facing the challenges of gentrification for the coming years. What can we learn from cities like London, Berlin & Amsterdam, where the effects (positive and negative) off gentrification are already visible?
Can we learn from artists and experts on how the reinforcement of the position of the artist within the city helps the positive evolutions within a city and vice versa?
7 pm - KEY NOTE by Anna Harding (SPACE London) SPACE is the largest studio organisation in London with 18 studio buildings spread out over the city harbouring more than 700 artists, but also offering them artistic and administrative support. Initiated in 1968 by artists, SPACE is an illustration of how artist’s initiatives can grow to one of the essential supporting organisations of the arts, but also of durable city development, education and creative economy. Director Anna Harding talks about the shock within the British cultural field following the BREXIT decision and which impact it could have on the gentrification of London. www.spacestudios.org.uk
8 pm - PANEL DEBATE moderated by Erwin Jans (city dramaturge Toneelhuis) a.o. Annick Schramme (University Antwerp), Benny Van den Meulengracht-Vranckx (artist, BORG, Hole of the Fox) Gaël Moissonnier (artist and co-director - l'Assaut de la Menuiserie, Saint-Etienne), artist duo Vermeir & Heiremans (co-founders Jubilee, BXL)
During the panel conversation artists and experts talk about existing - often artist’s initiated - organisational models and practical examples that illustrate successfully how to reinforce in a durable way both the development of the arts and that of the city.