CIAP is looking for a general director


Deadline extended: apply before March 31, 2021

CIAP is a platform for contemporary art, founded in 1976 by a citizens’ collective and  based at C-mine — a revitalised mining site in Genk, a stone’s throw from the Dutch and German borders.CIAP’s organisational structure is based on the model of the Kunstverein (art association). In this framework, CIAP organises exhibitions, lectures, artist talks, studio visits and excursions, and regularly produces editions.

CIAP is structurally supported by the Flemish Community within the framework of the Kunstendecreet (Arts Decree) and is currently working, in consultation with the city of Genk, on a close collaboration with FLACC – workplace for visual artists. Together, they are going to realise a new infrastructure on the C-mine site, designed by the architectural office 51N4E, and planned for 2022.

In this new context and with these exciting prospects in sight, CIAP invites artists, curators and researchers to reflect on urgent topics of today and to let themselves be inspired by its exceptional environment. CIAP believes in cross-pollination between the various artistic disciplines and that in collaboration with local, provincial, national and international partners (see CIAP's mission).


Why CIAP needs you

  • You take the lead in drawing up and executing the artistic as well as financial strategy, 
    in the context of the new developments at C-mine and CIAP’s collaboration with FLACC. 
  • You develop the artistic programme of CIAP and curate ambitious projects, in consulta-tion with the artistic committee and the team.
  • You support the business and administrative manager.
  • You prepare an ambitious policy plan for the next subsidy application, which must be submitted to the Flemish government at the end of 2021. This policy plan provides 
    a perspective on the functioning of the organisation and the new partnership in the 
    years 2023-2027. 
  • You work closely with artists from Belgium and abroad, and you are able to translate 
    ideas into an ambitious but realistic framework. 
  • You represent the organisation in a range of policy-making bodies, boards, and 
    in the media.
  • You report to the Board of Directors and the Artistic Committee.
  • You have the ambition to take the lead in a larger, innovative project developed together with our partners.


Your competences

  • You have a university degree or other higher education qualification.
  • You have a great interest in and affinity for contemporary visual arts.
  • You have several years of relevant experience in working with artistic projects. 
  • You have business knowledge, preferably in the socio-cultural sector, and a relevant network.
  • You respect deadlines, and you are able to handle different tasks simultaneously and set your priorities. 
  • You have excellent organisational skills, combining decisiveness and accuracy 
    with flexibility.
  • You are looking for creative solutions and you are motivated to maintain and increase financial flows.
  • You are proactive and you bring in new ideas without playing solo. You act in cooperation with others. 
  • You are flexible (variable timetable). 
  • You are fluent in Dutch and English (other languages are a plus). 


What we offer

We offer a full-time contract for an indefinite period. You are remunerated according to cao PC 329 (socio-cultural work), you are entitled to holiday pay, end-of-year bonus, meal vouchers, a social subscription, and ICOM card.  

CIAP does not discriminate between candidates based on age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, disability or nationality. 

A seniority of max. 10 years is covered.

You can apply until 31 March 2021. 
Starting date of employment: 1 May 2021.

Send your application with a CV and motivation letter to