WHAT IS WARP
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.
WHAT DO WE DO
- 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.
The location can also be rented for private activities.
9100 Sint-Niklaas (Belgium)
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.
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!
General director: Stef Van Bellingen
Coordination: Laureline Soubry
Administration: Anne Vanraes
Projectteam Coup de Ville: Paul Van Haegenborgh, Esther Bleyenberg & Silvie De Burie
Educational team Coup de Ville: Kiana Berckmoes, Erik Bielen, Zoë Croegaert, Silvie De Burie, Saskia De Kerf, Ilka De Wilde, Rik D’Hollander, Peter Jonnaert, Cathérine Lampo, Hildegarde Meganck, Marie Peeters, Daan Rau, Liesbeth Stas, Leen Thielemans, Steven Vanackere, Pia Van Duyse, Davy Verstichel, Mieke Vyncke, Nikki Wauters-Kegels.
Permanent volunteers: Luc Barbier, Albert Beirnaert, Alessandra De Mulder, Eline Gautot, Abdou Gueye, Jacques Jadot, Abdullah Kazara, Souhaila Maalem, Jelle Meys, Kapinga Muela Kabeya, François Speleman, Joël Schuurmans, Marcel Szczutkowski, Gerda Theré, Charlot Vael, Judith Van Bellingen, Jordy Van Bogaert , Simon Van Geert, Yorick Van Ingelgom, Tchalombo, Bükar, Salarzai, ...
Members of the Board: Wim De Cuyper (chairman), Thérèse De Buck, Ronny De Mulder, Faryda Moumouh, Luk Van Meervenne, Wim Viaene
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We are present every Friday or by appointment.
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 email@example.com.
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