Mission and Vision

Mission

Netwerk Aalst is an international centre for contemporary art and an independent cinema located in Aalst, Belgium.

Netwerk Aalst commissions work by national and international artists within a programme of exhibitions, performances, workshops and talks. 

Netwerk Aalst’s Cinema screens the best of arthouse films as well as must-see cinema classics. 

The here-and-now of Aalst shapes the engagements Netwerk Aalst develops with artists and audiences.

Vision

As a commissioning body based in the former industrial heartland of Flanders, between Brussels and Ghent, Netwerk Aalst has two main ambitions:

to activate the multiple entanglements it entertains with its own locality; to imagine the potential for (alternative) complicities between audiences, artists and cultural institutions that this locality may allow for, and to continually re-invent its own shape and remit in response to these demands;

to respond to the changing status, forms and formats of artistic production today; to understand its needs, actors and conditions, and develop new forms of genuinely responsive, reciprocal and integral institutional support for artistic creation.

Instead of working in and for a pre-conceived sense of the “local” situation as a given, Netwerk Aalst sets out to actively think through its own condition in Aalst on two inter-connected levels: as a hyper-specific cluster of needs and desires, and simultaneously as a node entangled in much broader constellations of our time.

Developing an episodic programme rhythm organised around artist commissions and the speculative motifs they put forward, Netwerk Aalst wants to work out how art- and institution-making can animate new shared engagements within a complex public sphere.