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Mission

wpZimmer is an international workspace for the arts, with a focus on performance, dance and hybrid artistic practices. The organisation revolves around the needs of the artists, their desire to research or create and the development of their skills and practices.

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Network

wpZimmer has both feet firmly in the arts. Working with artists on a daily basis, we are constantly expanding our network of national and international organizations. Our first direct partners are the arts centres, cultural centres and festivals at home and abroad.

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C-TAKT

C-Takt is an international research and development platform for transdisciplinary art in and out the theatre. C-Takt was initiated in 2017 from the merger between the workspace of C-Mine (Genk) and Takt Dommelhof (Neerpelt). The platform works on a structural basis together with wpZimmer, 0090, SOAP, Musica and In Situ.

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WEB

WEB is an informal international network for creation and presentation, operating since 2009. The network is an answer to the need for better joint efforts and partnership within the performing arts, particularly in terms of exchange, research, production and presentation.

WEB brings together workspaces, arts centres and festivals in order to reinforce each other across the national borders. The aim is to give integral support to two artists per year. The focus is on upcoming artists on the verge of an international breakthrough.

WEB provides the artist full support from “A to Z”. The partners guarantee space for research and creation through a series of residencies. They offer financial, logistical, and technical support. They give administrative back-up and artistic feedback during the creation process. Each collaboration culminates in a series of presentations, inside and outside of the network.

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N.O.W.

N.O.W. stands for New Open Working Process for the Performing Arts. It is a European network of cultural professionals working in the field of the performing arts, and aims to develop a transnational laboratory platform to explore new ways of supporting artists and their processes. What might an artist’s journey look like in a larger and globalised Europe? What will it mean over the coming years to accompany artists and their processes – to support the unfolding of their work? How can we provide a positive impulse for our societies and contribute to building a European artistic environment that is diverse, creative and socially rooted?

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Introducing a project

In June 2020 Carine Meulders will say goodbye to wpZimmer, where for 14 years she drew the artistic outlines. From September 2020 on, the artistic policy of wpZimmer will be taken up by a multi-voiced artistic team led by Helga Baert.

For the residency program the new artistic team of wpZimmer has chosen the format of an open call. We will launch the open call twice a year. The first open call (period mid July 2021 till 15 January 2022) will be launched in June 2020.

Of course we will remain accessible and curious. wpZimmer does not have a profile in which artists and their work have to find themselves. We feel that artists should develop themselves in freedom. They are the ones to determine the future of art, not we!

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History

Since 2001 wpZimmer has been housed in a building in the multicultural neighborhood of Antwerp North, on the border of the working-class districts of Stuivenberg and Seefhoek. The building in the Gasstraat, located at the numbers 88-90, is recognizable on the street side by the large iron blue gate. Once behind this gate you will find yourself in a real little cité, typical of this old working-class area.

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