Fondation Thalie Visual Arts and Creative Writing Residency

Fondation Thalie Visual Arts and Creative Writing Residency

Fondation Thalie offers a place of work in an intimate and domestic space in Brussels. Deadline: 31 October 2022

If you are in the field of creating, are living outside of Belgium, and you would like to spend some time researching and sharing it in an inspiring house, Fondation Thalie offers a place of work in an intimate and domestic space in Brussels. The aim of the residency is to support and accompany a reflexive way of thinking and artistic practices that give way to new imaginaries regarding the green transition.

Fondation Thalie‘s mission is to support contemporary creation as a lever for action, exchange and transmission.
It promotes dialogue between disciplines and is particularly interested in revitalizing the work of crafts in today’s artistic practices.

The foundation works to defend attention to know-how, the place of women in the field of art history, as well as artistic practices conscious of climate change (design and production questioning planetary limits, bio-sourced materials…). The Foundation organizes two annual exhibitions, artistic awareness workshops and a program of events and podcasts “Parole de créateurs face à l’urgence écologique”. The Foundation also publishes contemporary poetry dedicated to ecology.

Not far from Avenue Louise and the Ixelles ponds, in the heart of the gallery district, the house, the headquarters of the Foundation, was built in 1924 by the architect Jean Hendricks. It has been entirely renovated to accommodate its activities by the duo Vanden Eeckhoudt – Creyf architects, in a contemporary style, while retaining its modernist spirit. In addition to the exhibition and workspaces, it has a library, four bedrooms and a large kitchen-dining room-terrace area.

Equipment and support of the permanent residence at the Fondation Thalie consist of:

  • House located in the center of the city
  • 2 working spaces (20-25 m2 each) suitable for writing
  • Accommodation (3 rooms), kitchen and common living room, Wi-Fi
  • Logistical support
  • Visits to workshops and contact with the artistic community in Brussels

Applications can only be made online using the form on this page.

The residency at the Foundation lasts two months. It is a time for research. The resident will benefit from an artistic accompaniment that will allow him/her to detail the projects in progress and also to discover the Belgian creative scene through a program of visits to places and professional meetings.

Open to the public, the restitution will show the result of the research carried out during the residency. It will be designed by the resident with the residency coordinator. The Foundation encourages the residents to allow for times of exchange with the public and professionals, in the form of workshops, readings, etc.

Selection committee:

  • Nathalie Guiot, Founder
  • Julien Amicel, Director
  • Caroline Dumalin, Director of AAIR (Antwerp Artists in Residence)
  • Pierre Ducrozet, Writer
  • Tim Roerig, Curator at Z33

Conditions of support:

  • Round trip paid by the Foundation
  • Per diem + research grant of 1500 € for the duration of the residency
  • Curatorial accompaniment
  • The resident commits to restitution of his/her research in the form of a public event at the Foundation
  • The resident commits to a professional public opening of the workspace at the end of the session

Selection criteria:
This call is addressed to artists who already have an ecological dimension in their practice and/or who are in dialogue with the life sciences. The call is open to artists from outside Belgium, with no age or nationality limit.

Deadline for applications: Monday, October 31, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Central European Summer Time zone)

Announcement of selected candidates: mid-December 2022

Sessions of the residency: April-May or September-October 2023

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