GentWorkshops are sacred places for artists. It’s the place where they try everything, so outsiders are rarely welcome. See you this weekend. Then no less than two thousand artists in Flanders will open their doors for a special insight. Below are some hot spots in Ghent and Meetjesland.
There is no more magical place than the studio, where artists hatch ideas, make sketches and try out new techniques. Skating eyes are rarely welcome, but it’s different during Atelier in Beeld. Then outsiders are welcome for three days in more than a thousand studies, spread across Flanders and Brussels. From large group studios to small attics, from custom-built workplaces to art at kitchen tables, from academies to nursing homes, from young budding artists with ambitions to passionate seniors. There is also a lot to experience in Ghent and Meetjesland. Below are some tips.
Shirley Villavicencio Pizango in Ghent
Shirley is a Ghent artist with Peruvian roots. The transition between her childhood in the Amazon forest and Lima and her life in Ghent is one of the most important features of her work. Villavicencio Pizango paints his portraits at a whirlwind pace. She primarily uses acrylic, a quick-drying material that allows her to paint spontaneously.
Lange Violettestraat 209, 9000 Ghent.
Nicole Niplac and Lievegem
Nicole Niplac has been working with great passion in her studio at Zomergem for more than thirty years. During that time, she has developed a lot of beautiful jewelry in silver and gold. But she prefers to work in consultation with customers to reach a beautiful jewel together.
Stoktevijver 14 14, 9930 Lievegem.
Dovredski and Kaprijke
Dovredski mainly makes paintings, but his studio also houses drawings, lavas and illustrations. Social messages are often hidden in the works. Blinks to other artists are also regular. There is always a sense of involvement.
Vrouwstraat 24, 9970 Kaprijke.
Group study Kruy3 in Sint-Laureins
Groepsatelier Kruy3 was started two years ago by a group of friends of artists who practice several disciplines. That way, they learn from each other’s expertise. The social aspect is also very important in the study. The group visits museums and other art-related events together and occasionally goes on weekends.
Kruyersweg 3, 9980 Sint-Laureins.
Hilde Debo and Deinze
Enter a small room filled with tools and gems. Here, Hilde Debo produces rings, bracelets, pendants and other beautiful work in the traditional way.
Kortrijksesteenweg 363, 9800 Deinze.
Pirò Pallaghy i Gent
For her recent work, Pirò collected hundreds of family and portrait photographs of people from her hometown in Hungary. She never met the people portrayed, but with a difference of half a century, they followed the same paths. She translates and edits these images in her serigraphy until they become family.
Lange Violettestraat 231, 9000 Ghent.
Shed 69 in Ghent
Behind a blue gate in Ghent you will find eleven artists in one large warehouse. Artists who practice a wide variety of disciplines: from photography, drawing, painting and textiles to ceramics and woodworking. Loods 69 is a meeting place where artists stimulate, challenge and continue to develop.
Adolf Baeyensstraat 69, 9040 Ghent.
On Friday 13 May, the studios are open from 18-22. Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Every visit is free and reservations are not required. More info and workshops on the website.
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