Residency programme at FLACC Workplace, Belgium

Residency programme at FLACC Workplace, BelgiumDeadline: 20 September 2011

Open to: international, in various media and disciplines in visual arts.

FLACC is a workplace for visual artists and creates the conceptual, organisational and technical conditions for realising unique artist projects.

Every year, FLACC selects ten artists to set up a new project. In each annual selection, FLACC aims to strike a balance between national and international artists, between beginners and artists with experience, between autonomous art and/or research projects and artists that deal in more concrete terms with the historical, geographical or social context of the workplace.

Due to the diversity of our workshops, the application is open for projects in various media and disciplines. Projects with a notice of the specific geographical, cultural, social or historical situation of FLACC (or Genk/Belgium), challenging the notion of a ‘workplace’ or with the specific technical possibilities of FLACC are preferable. The work period is three-month full time or around 90 days, divided in several smaller work periods between October 2012 and June 2013. FLACC offers an accommodation, a workplace, covered travel expenses as well as a small production budget.


Please use our application form and excel sheet (fill in required budget) to apply. The application should include a well-defined project proposal, a thoroughly calculated budget, a preferable time frame and your résumé (text and images and/or video).


As a workplace for visual artists, FLACC creates the organizational, technical and artistic conditions for the realization of unique artistic projects. To this end every year the organization selects a maximum of eight artists – from Belgium and abroad, young and experienced – to set up a new project whereby they can make unlimited use of our extensive facilities (kiln, carpentry and metal workshops and digital studio) and receive full organizational and artistic support during the preparation and realization of that project. FLACC makes an appropriate budget available for each of these projects.

FLACC also works receptively, i.e. having submitted a project proposal, other artists can work at FLACC. Furthermore, professional artists can rent the workshops and facilities.

FLACC favours projects that focus on the specific geographical, cultural, social or historical situation of Genk/Belgium/the Euregio, as well as on projects which specifically require the use of FLACC’s facilities and which make a clear contribution to the national or international arts scene.

Where necessary, partnerships with other organizations or individuals can be arranged for each of the artists’ projects so as to provide support on a technical, practical and artistic level.
As a result of many years’ experience of setting up and leading one-off artists’ projects, FLACC now boasts a wide and diverse network, ranging from centres of culture to youth organizations, from companies to local representatives of minorities, from technical experts in metal, ceramics or wood to professionals in the field of local history or geology. Where we lack the necessary technical expertise ourselves, we seek the help of local companies or individual experts to progress the project. This, together with our facilities, makes FLACC an enviable, nationally and internationally-recognized work and meeting place. It also gives the artists the opportunity to expand their professional network and to establish partnerships which will continue even after the end of the work period.

FLACC is receptive to working with other cultural parties in Belgium and abroad. Much is done to raise awareness of FLACC projects and to offer opportunities to young artists or students from an art academy.

FLACC works structurally with the Frans Masereel Centre (Kasterlee) and the Jan van Eyck Academy (Maastricht) in terms of making facilities available, research and supporting projects which develop within the institutions’ programme. Workshop facilities and technical expertise are collectively deployed to carry productions through to completion. The Jan van Eyck Academy allows our artists to use its library and documentation centre free of charge.

To support and reinforce its artistic activities, FLACC is backed up by an artistic committee led by Stef van Bellingen.


FLACC boasts professionally equipped workshops for metal- and woodworking, a digital studio, a , small- format bronze and glass applications, and a multifunctional space. Moreover, the organization is aware of production facilities available externally and collaborates with workshops, schools and companies in the neighbourhood to give artists the best possible support. FLACC also has a large working space that caters for the various needs of contemporary artists and the many different forms their creativity takes. On request, external experts can be brought in to provide technical or artistic assistance and advice.

Artists can also use the facilities to produce their own work. A small charge is made for this. See Services (at the top of your screen) for further information.


Digital studio

The digital studio is equipped for digitalizing analogue photographic material, printing slides, negatives and prints, processing photographs and small or large-format prints (up to approx. 110 cm x 220 cm). There is a Mac Pro with Final Cut Pro for video editing as well as a semi-professional HDV camera.

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The digital studio is equipped for digitalizing analogue material (transparencies, negatives, paper, VHS), processing photographs and small or large-format printing. There is also a wealth of audiovisual equipment (TVs, beamers, DVD players, slide projectors) to support the artist. In terms of software, our Macs are equipped for all desktop publishing (DTP) applications, FLASH animation and video editing.

You can rely on the expertise of the workshop leader for the latest image editing applications (DTP) and for making the image print-ready. It is possible to make test prints on different sorts of paper before printing the image on the paper of your choice. You can also seek free advice about your project from the workshop leader.

Used chiefly for ceramics, the kiln workshop contains two kilns (60*60*80 cm and 38*38*45 cm, both up to 1320°). The kilns are programmable and suitable for bisque and glaze firing and for . Various machines and tools are available for working and moulding clay and/or porcelain.

The kiln workshop also houses a sandblast cabinet, a melting/fusing oven for glass and a small bronze-casting oven.

Carpentry workshop

The carpentry workshop is fully equipped for the sawing, sanding, milling, thickness planing and deep-hole drilling of wood. In addition to the machines, the workshop has a large collection of smaller tools, as the 360° shots show, including cordless drills, handsaws, sanding machines and Domino and Lamell milling cutters.

The metal workshop is suitable for a whole range of metalworking activities, such as TIG welding, semi-automatic welding and autogenous welding, and for sawing, sanding, grinding, trimming and bending metals of every description.

Multifunctional space

The 51-m2 multifunctional space can be used for painting, research, consultation and meetings. The space benefits from plenty of daylight and provides good wall space. It can also be used as a general work space.


Luuk Nouwen and Sarah Indeherberge
André Dumontlaan 2
B-3600 Genk
tel: 32 (0)89 84 52 23
fax: 32 (0)89 84 52 24


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