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Belgian and French triennials combine their know-how in an international symposium

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How can we think critically about art in the city, commissioned artworks, and existing collections in the public space? And what about procedures and maintenance? On Friday 12 and Saturday 13 January 2024, researchers, artists, curators and policymakers – including the curators of the Bruges Triennial 2024 – will share their experiences and expertise at an international symposium in Dunkirk (FR): "Collective Energy: Commissioned Artwork and Public Space".

The Frac Grand Large – Hauts-de-France and Bruges Triennial have been joining forces and exchanging supranational know-how since 2021. The collaboration has only grown in scope and ambition during the intervening years, culminating in a first international symposium in January 2024. Professionals from Flanders and northern France will gather in Dunkirk around a common denominator: art in the public space.

In the company of colleagues from the Beaufort Triennial, the Kortrijk Triennial, the Triennale Art & Industrie and the Biennale d’art contemporain de Lyon, amongst others, Bruges Triennial will focus on knowledge sharing and exchange around art in the public space during this two-day symposium. Through a series of workshops, talks, case studies and lectures, ideas will be exchanged, experiences shared and proposals formulated to improve the sustainability of design commissions, be they temporary or permanent.

The symposium coincides with the closing weekend of the Triennale Art & Industrie, organised by the Frac Grand Large – Hauts-de-France and the LAAC, and brings the second edition on the theme Chaleur Humaine [Human Warmth] to a fitting conclusion.

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Symposium "Collective energy : commissioned artwork and public space"
12.01 – 13.01.2024
Halles aux Sucres, Dunkirk (FR)

Organised by:
Frac Grand Large in collaboration with the LAAC, Biennale de Lyon, CNAP, Esä Dunkerque-Tourcoing, Societé des Nouveaux commanditaires et artconnextion, Université de Lille, Fondation d’entreprise de Martell and Halle aux Sucres
Platform Kunst in Opdracht, the Beaufort Triennial , Bruges Triennial and Kortrijk Triennial

With the support of:
L’Institut Français, the British Council, the French Embassy in Belgium, and the Flemish Government