Open Call Cultureghem

Workspacebrussels and Cultureghem launch an open call for an artistic research residency at Abattoir in Anderlecht in 2024

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Workspacebrussels and Cultureghem offer a small residency space on the site of the Abattoir in Anderlecht: a container overlooking Brussels’ most beautiful market.

Abattoir is a particular site. Here, many social issues become particularly tangible: from poverty and lack of space, to unemployment and limited access to education. These issues become concrete in the stories of very different people, who dedicate themselves to their neighbourhood every day.

(Access to) Food is in the site’s DNA. From a weekly market with more than 100,000 visitors and a slaughter line, through vegan warm-up meals and miso production, to breeding fruit flies that serve an aquaponic farm: this site has it all.

Workspacebrussels and Cultureghem are teaming up to find an artist eager to interact with this unique place. With all the unique people who wander around here. Because it is a wondrous site, in the middle of one of our city’s most talked-about neighbourhoods, Cureghem. We are looking for an artist who wants to make time for meeting, interacting, colliding.

About Cultureghem

The 40,000 m2 Abattoir in Anderlecht welcomes 100,000 people every week during its various markets. Cultureghem vzw is tapping into the potential of this vibrant meeting space through projects such as KETMET, Brussels’ largest covered playground on Wednesdays, and DREAMKITCHEN, cooking together with the market’s unsold fruit and vegetables and eating under the city’s most beautiful roof.

Cultureghem is a quest to reinvent public space as a classroom, a playground, a football pitch, a kitchen, an urban living... and from 2024, a residency space. Cultureghem is committed to empowering the people who live and dwell here, expanding their network, helping translate their stories to a wider audience.

About the residency

The residency is open to individual artists in the performing arts (theatre, dance, performance, crossovers) residing or working in Belgium. We ask candidates to motivate why they find a residency in this context important and which correlations they see between the reality of the site and their own artistic practice or research.

Workspacebrussels and Cultureghem offer a residency container on the site of Abattoir (Ropsy Chaudronstraat 24, 1070 Anderlecht): a workplace with heating and air conditioning that you can decorate as you wish, with access to water and sanitary nearby (not in the container), without wifi. We provide a salary equivalent to the amount for one full-time month according to the collective labour agreement for the performing arts, PC 304.

Cultureghem is not a place dedicated exclusively to the arts, but a place to share with many other realities. You are invited to come and be fully part of the (layered) reality of this unique site in the city.

Open call

An open call for the 2024 programme was launched on Friday 8 September 2023, with application deadline on Sunday 5 November 2023. The open call is closed. All candidates will receive a reply by e-mail on Wednesday 20 December 2023.