WARP is a visual arts platform originated in 2006 and based in Sint-Niklaas. We operate in the Waasland region. WARP is an acronym that stands for 'Waasland Artistic Projects'. The verb 'warping' refers to the creative transformation of an environment from a certain starting point.


We focus on talent development, which enables us to establish long-term relationships with artists. This results in all kinds of collaborations and exhibitions with mainly new productions. Revealing, presenting, promoting and referencing contemporary art is a core part of our organisation. 


A broad international scope establishes a stimulating frame of reference and provides our local footprint with continuous and challenging impulses. Our relationship with international artists and partners have led to artistic projects in Antwerp, Bruges, Dublin, Eindhoven, Ghent, Kasterlee, London, Vienna and Ljubljana.



  • An abundant annual programme with exhibitions, lectures, artist talks and receptive activities.
  • The major exhibition tour 'Coup de Ville' (2010, 2013, 2016, 2020) on various locations in Sint-Niklaas, with mainly new, usually site-specific, works of art.
  • Portfoliodays and Artist Villages. We help emerging artists with feedback and stimulating input through personal interviews with professionals.
  • Extra Muros projects: WARP also regularly exhibits jointly with partners. In 2018 was present at Beeldenstorm / Daglicht in Eindhoven, which included both an exhibition and an Artist Village, in 2019 WARP organised the exhibition  ? A veš… you know! in Ljubljana.
  • Several publications as a result of various exhibitions and projects.
  • Management of the integrated works in the house of Jan Buytaert.



WARP organizes its activities at the house of Jan Buytaert, which it also owns.

The inheritance of artist Jan Buytaert (1939- 2011) bestows the management of this 19th century mansion with garden (1000m²) and his artworks, right in the centre of Sint-Niklaas, on WARP. The house has already received several thorough renovations in order to create a fully-fledged exhibition space including areas for  lectures and support activities. Read more about the life and work of Jan Buytaert.





Apostelstraat 20

9100 Sint-Niklaas (Belgium)





  • By train

From the Stationsplein, take a left through the Stationsstraat to the Grote Markt. Continue your way to the left of Grote Markt for about 150 m. At the square, turn left between the Cipierage and the Oude Post to the Apostelplein, which becomes the Apostelstraat as you continue. WARP is located at number 20.


  • By car

From the E17 highway you can enter Sint-Niklaas along the Parklaan

Parking options (not free)

Grote Markt, underground car park: is 150 meters away from WARP
Zwijgershoek: open air car park (follow the signs from the Grote Markt): 500 meters from WARP

Hendrik Heymanplein: bus parking spaces


Attention: WARP is located in a traffic-free zone. Loading and unloading at the door is only possible between 9 am and 11 am or by appointment.



WARP consists of a small operational core - surrounded by numerous volunteers from different backgrounds with a wide variety of talents. They provide our organization with a broad, cross-generational and extremely diverse social basis. Our operation is only possible thanks to their efforts!


Core team: General director: Stef Van Bellingen / Administration: Anne Vanraes / Freelance business advice: Wim Viaene / Freelance curator: Ilka De Wilde / Freelance technics: Joël Schuurmans / Freelance communication: Judith Van Bellingen & Pauline De Mulder / Freelance ICT: Tom Speleman /


Permanent volunteers: Albert Beirnaert, Frans Brusselmans, Iris De Clerck, Rosa De Boom, Alessandra De Mulder, Thibeault De Mulder, Wim Heirbaut (fotografie), Nore Huysegems, Jacques Jadot, Abdullah Kazarah, Liesbeth Lisaerde, Souhaila Maalem, Roberto Martinez, Christine Ongena, Geertje Ongena, Peter Raes, Gerda There, Laura Valencia, Zita Van Bellingen, Diane Van Camp, Simon Van Geerts, Yorick Van Ingelgem, Minne Vanraes, Wikke Vanraes, Yannick Vergeylen. 


Members of the Board: Thérèse De Buck, Wim De Cuyper (voorzitter), Ronny De Mulder, Faryda Moumouh, Charlot Vael (junior waarnemer), Luk Van Meervenne, Gwendolina Willems.



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We are present every Friday or by appointment.


WARP vzw
Apostelstraat 20
9100 Sint-Niklaas (Belgium)



Company and VAT number : BE0479 060 927

Bank account number:  BE48 7330 3601 5827 (KREDBEBB)


Privacy: We keep track of the names and e-mail addresses of our members and subscribers of the newsletter. These data are only used by WARP to communicate you about our activities. You can ask us at any moment to inform you about your data via info@warp-art.be.



“Art is not necessary in order to survive but art is here to uncover a different quality of our existence.”


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Membership is valid for one year and includes discounts on all activities. Becoming a member supports WARP’s artistic operations.