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Open call for De Sokkel #10, an experimental project on art in public space in Antwerp, Belgium


AIR Antwerpen and the Middelheim Museum are happy to announce the international open call for the exhibition project “De Sokkel.”

For the tenth edition of “DE SOKKEL” Middelheim Museum collaborates with AIR Antwerpen. The museum and the residency offer an unique opportunity fora n international visual artist to work on a site specific art project during a residency of four months in Antwerp, Belgium.

“DE SOKKEL” is an experimental project on art in public space, initiated in January 2011 by the enthusiastic neighbourhood committee ‘Klein Antwerpen.’ Each year, two artists are invited to develop a project for an empty 19th century plinth in the city park (Stadspark) in the centre of Antwerp. This exhibition platform provides the possibility to relate to the city of Antwerp and the position of the park as a multicultural crossing point by direct communication through an intervention in public space. Previous projects were created by: Henk Visch (NL), Ria Pacquée (BE), Marius Ritiu & Christian Bors (RO), André Romão (PT), Ilaria Lupo (IT), Folkert De Jong (NL), Nicholas J Hoffman (USA), Guillaume Bijl (BE).


The invitation includes:

  • a four month residency in AIR Antwerpen (inc. reimbursement of travel costs to and from the residency and 600 euro/month)
  • a production budget of 4000 euro to create an art work for the plinth
  • professional support for research and production



20 March: deadline for the open call submissions

31 March: selection by a jury of internal and external members

1 July: start of the residency

20 September opening: DE SOKKEL #10

31 October: end of the residency


This open call is only for artists without a Belgian nationality.

To apply, please include the following documents:

  • CV + Portfolio (max 3 A4)
  • An answer to the following question: ‘Why is contemporary art in public space relevant to you?’ You can answer the question by explaining two or more relevant art projects in your practice, which took place in public space (Max 3 A4).
  • Do not include a project proposal


You can send your application through regular mail to Mr Pieter Boons, Middelheimlaan 61, 2020 Antwerp (please write on the envelop: OPEN CALL DE SOKKEL #10) before Monday, 20 March 2015, and if possible a digital copy to [email protected].


More information on the project:




Nicholas J Hoffman, A certain strategy for singing the space around a sokkel