Watou Art Festival

Open Call for Collectives & Collabs: ‘The Smell of Grass is Changing’

Concept For the next edition of the art festival, we aim for a Watou shaped by collectives and collabs, celebrating collaborative creation's diversity and strength. The theme of this year's open…

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Closing Date

May 31, 2024

Location

Belgium

Artform

All Arts

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Concept

For the next edition of the art festival, we aim for a Watou shaped by collectives and collabs, celebrating collaborative creation’s diversity and strength. The theme of this year’s open call, “The Smell of Grass is Changing”, represents the adaptation, transformation and renewal we seek in the arts, inviting reflection on our changing world and its impact on our creative process and interactions.

With this adage, internationally acclaimed artist Koen Vanmechelen, the inspirator behind Patchwwwork, the experimental precursor to the Watou Art Festival, invites artists to engage in a new unique creative journey.

Since 2021, Vanmechelen has initiated Patchwwwork as a research project, organizing an in situ ‘artist’ encampment as an immersive experiment and learning process, culminating in this new call. For the next edition, we seek collectives and collabs eager to contribute to Watou’s evolution and transformation, engaging in a journey stimulating both senses and mind.

We are looking for

  • Collectives or collabs (a minimum of 3 people) to participate in the next edition of Watou Arts Festival. Selected collectives or collabs will be invited to work in situ at one of the festival locations and transform that location with site specific (indoor and/or outdoor) artistic contributions.
  • These collectives or contemporary collabs can consist of:
    • Professional collectives or collabs from various disciplines to join us in exploring the questions: How can a rural village or the countryside function as an art space or a production space? What new forms of encounter and dialogue can be created here? Artists engaged with the questions, problems and potential of this region.
    • Mixed teams with participants from fields other than visual arts are encouraged to apply. The Art Festival Watou is known as a festival where visual arts and poetry merge.
  • Collectives or collabs willing to visit the festival during the summer of 2024 (6 July – 1 September), to meet with the organization and to develop their develop their project afterwards.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.

For more information, visit Watou Art Festival