The UFO Visitors Programme is co-organised by Flanders Arts Institute and UFO, a platform of artist studio organisations in Flanders, and introduces international professionals to support and development formats for (young) artists in Flanders. The programme aims to connect multiple players in this field, to exchange knowledge and experience, and to nourish an international network of references and opportunities.
During each visitor’s programme we focus on two different UFO organisations. This pilot edition is centered around Cas-co in Leuven and Level Five in Brussels. Together with Flanders Arts Institute, these two organisations propose a dynamic programme for a group of international curators. The programme includes meetings with artists, visits of exhibitions, a curated tour of Leuven and Brussels’ vibrant art scene as well as professional social events.
Flanders Arts Institute and UFO invited Mikkel Elming (curator Kunsthal Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark), Marie de Gaulejac (curator and head residency programme Triangle, Marseille, France), Šimon Kadlčák (curator and coordinator residency programme Brno House of Arts, Brno, Czech Republic), Johanna Markert (curator anorak, Berlin, Germany), Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki (artist, founder and curator Yellow Brick, Athens, Greece) and Elfi Turpin (director Crac Alsace, Altkirch, France) to join the programme.
Thursday 9 December – Leuven
12:00 Arrival in Leuven
14:00-19:00 Programme curated by Cas-co
14:00 Visit of the installation by Koen Kloosterhuis and Laure-Anne Jaubert’s residency at maakleerplek
15:00 Visit of Out of Orbit, a group exhibition curated by Werktank at Batiment A
16:00 Visit of Our Startling Universe, a group exhibition curated by Cas-co, Expo Leuven and MijnLeuven
17:00 Visit of Cas-co Open Studios and preview of the solo presentation by Tim Evers
19:00 Private guided tour of the solo exhibition by Alexis Gautier at M Leuven
20:00 Networking dinner with guests at M Leuven
Friday 10 December – Leuven & Brussels
10:00-12:30 Studio visits with Cas-co artists
12:30-13:30 Lunch with the artists
14:00-15:00 Train to Brussel and check-in hotel
15:00-19:00 Guided tour by bike to different artist run organisations organised by Level Five: nadine, rile*, KOMPLOT, Globe Aroma
20:00 Networking dinner with guests at Globe Aroma
Saturday 11 December – Brussels
10:00-12:30 Artist studio visits organised by Level Five
12:30-14:00 Lunch at Meyboom
14:00-17:00 UFO Public Programme
For (and by) artists: sharing tools for support, development and internationalisation in a sustainable learning network
The public programme is organised by UFO organisations in collaboration with Flanders Arts Institute. It is meant as an open discussion platform for artists and artist-centred organisations.After a keynote introduction by Danielle van Zuijlen (Kunsthal Gent, NUCLEO), our guest curators will introduce themselves concisely and explain which formats or tools they use to support artists in their daily practice. After the plenary session, we will split in smaller groups to address issues around support, development and internationalisation for (and by) artists. Each discussion group is facilitated by a UFO organisation.
Location: Meyboom, Boulevard Pachéco 34, 1000 Brussels
20:00 Networking dinner
Sunday 12 December – Brussels
Free day and departures