Curatorial Studies

Open Call

Exhibition Jumping Fences

‘Jumping Fences’

On-site exhibition and event project 2024
Would you like to have the space and time to expand and experiment on your artistic practice all
while exhibiting your progress to the public? Would you look forward to exchanging ideas and
going into dialogue with other students or emerging artists and/or designers? Are you either an
artist or designer who sees their artistic practice as fluid and interchangeable? Then this open
call is for you.


Today, the artist is asked to be multiple. A new but ever-present cross-disciplinary way of working has provided young artists and designers with new ways of exploring their agency. Their practices go beyond previously established divides and their artistic identities have become plastic. Design has become a medium for criticality, poetry, and individual agency, while artistic practices are now also exploring more commercial frameworks, one has to ask oneself how the established divide between disciplines is oriented. Is there still a need for this detachment? How do artists and designers of today relate themselves to this notion and how does it influence their practice? The debates around borders between art and design often result in ranting and raging.
An age-old and unanswerable question of separation only proves to be irresolvable within its own

scope. In this exhibition, we aim to bridge this divide by bringing artists from different backgrounds into dialogue, allowing participating creatives to wonder and fantasize about a limitless framework of artistic and designerly expression. Their research delves into these borders and dances on these once-concrete and unmovable walls of separation.
Like the artist, the program at Het Paviljoen will be no stranger to this plasticity as the space will host a myriad of events ranging from a rotating exhibition to performances and events.

About the Curators

We are a group of curators, including Sina Eden, Paula Swinnen, Manon Laverdure, Lisa Ver-
haege, Karel Op ’t Eynde, Justine McKenna, Hugo Roger, Ismini Kyritsis, and Camille Van Meenen, were selected to curate Het Paviljoen.

About Het Paviljoen

The Bijloke KASK & CONSERVATORIUM (Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten en het Kon-
inklijk Conservatorium/ Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the Royal Conservatory) is located on the
grounds of a converted Hospital. Het Paviljoen (‘The Pavilion’) is part of these grounds.
Originally a waiting area for pregnant patients and later a dump for nuclear waste, Het Paviljoen is currently used as a collaborative space for residents, students and renowned artists. Now we are honored to participate in taking part of its history. As the space of Het Paviljoen has taken on many forms during its existence, we will reflect this notion of the plastic and evolving space through the occupation of the site by artists that have shaped a fluid practice, not constrained by borders or definitions and ever-evolving. For more info:

What are we doing

‘Jumping Fences’ will act as a space of progress and dialogue. What do we mean by that?
Throughout the project, 6 artists and designers will get the chance to work and exhibit at Het Paviljoen, all following each other in tandem, so that at every moment two artists will be occupying the space. When one leaves, the next one will enter, allowing for a dynamic dialogue
between works. This means you will come into contact with 2 different artists during your term at
Het Paviljoen. The commonalities (or differences) between the practices of the two artists will be selected to facilitate a continuous interchange between both. You can participate as an individual artist or as a collective. Hence, this will be an opportunity to not only develop personal artistic practices but also to participate in the wider scope of the project and contribute to the common dialogic process with the other participating artists and designers.

Due to the nature of the space, your progress and your dialogue with the other artists
present in the space will be visible to the public. Jumping Fences is not about having an end goal, but this does mean that your progress will be accessible to visitors and passersby.
Generating continuous moments of presentation will be key to the project. These will be
further discussed between the artists and the curatorial team, to find the best format for
each work and intention.

Who can apply

We welcome students, emergent designers, artists, artisans, and individuals practicing any form
of expression.


Approximately 6 weeks of occupation, with specific scheduling to be discussed with participating

What we provide

•The opportunity to participate in a curated exhibition or event. You will be able to occupy Het
Paviljoen for a term of approximately 6 weeks. Which period you will occupy will be discussed and
communicated at a later point.
•You will receive a participation fee.
•Together with the curatorial team, you will be able to pitch and discuss possible events that are fitting within your artistic practice.
•The curatorial team will be there to go into dialogue with you about any curatorial or presentation-
al questions or thoughts you might have.
•Our current plans already include one vernissage, one finissage, and one event in the middle of
the project. Your events could be added to these.
•Documentation and communication of your artistic practice, events we organize, and progress
within the project will be posted on the Het Paviljoen website and Instagram.

Start date

The project commences in the first half of February, with each artist being assigned a 6-week
exhibition period within a 5-month timeframe.

Open Call guidelines

  • We welcome students, emergent designers, artists, artisans, and individuals practicing any form of expression.
  • Please submit your information through the following link:
  • The communication language for the application is English.
  • FINAL DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 10 December 2023, 23:59 pm. We will communicate if you have been selected for the project Jumping Fences by the 20th of December 2023, 12:00 pm.