CIAP is a platform for contemporary arts founded in 1976 in Hasselt by a group of art-loving citizens, and today based at C-mine – a revitalised mining site in the city of Genk (BE), a stone’s throw from the Dutch and German borders.
The principles guiding our work respond directly to our surroundings: the industrial heritage, the disturbed landscape with its resilient fauna and flora, the diverse, multicultural community, and the almost-forgotten history of Genk as a health retreat and station d’artistes – a popular resort amongst painters, scientists, and writers. This is, without a doubt, why we feel the urge to work around the notions of hospitality, ecology, (self)care and periphery which have become ever more pressing both locally and globally. We invite artists, curators, researchers, members and neighbours to reflect on these questions, let their ideas incubate and, at the right moment, share them with others.
Based on our belief in the importance of sustainable, long-term trajectories, CIAP avoids any form of overproduction and alternates periods of intense action and externalisation with moments of self-reflective introspection, or ‘lying fallow’.
WHO IS WHO
Alicja Melzacka — Artistic & General Director (interim)
Tine Deboelpaep — Presentation & Communication
Anita Munters — Reception, Tickets & Info
Luc Vints — chairman
CIAP receives structural support from the Flemish Community and the city of Genk, and it is supported by CIAP members. CIAP is also one of the 11 members of VERY CONTEMPORARY, a network of contemporary art venues in the Meuse-Rhine Euregio.