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Sunday, July 07 / 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Open discussions around the SOTA Almanac
at Dansand/KAAP

Wednesday, June 05 / 8:00 – 10:00 pm
Public Debate around Artistic Activism
organised by ACOD (in Dutch)
at De Vooruit, Gent

Sunday, June 09 / 1:00 – 3:00 pm
SOTA workshop with Katrien Reist and Derk Byvanck
at WP Zimmer in the framework of Open House: “Landscapes in Transition”

Otherwise, if you can’t join us in person, you can buy your own copy of the Almanac for just 10 euros, and get in touch with us in these ways: 

  1. You can reach out directly to State of the Arts and organize a delivery via e-mail with Nicolas at 
  2. You can go to buy a copy in person at one of these places: 
    1. Passa Porta: Rue Antoine Dansaert 46, 1000 Bruxelles
    2. WIELS: Centre d’Art Contemporain: Avenue Van Volxem 354, 1190 Bruxelles

(To download the Almanac, you can click here: SOTA Fair Art Almanac 2019.)


SUMMER CAMP 2018 has come to an end, and the FAIR ART ALMANAC for 2019 is now available.

We were thrilled by our Open Forum, Editing Workshop, and Dummy Presentation in Allée du Kaai at Avenue du Port 49, 1000 Bruxelles, and we look forward to welcoming you in another time and space for questions, concerns, discussions, and debates later this year.

Now, we hope you’ll click around our site and find what you can about this year’s FAIR ART ALMANAC.

Enjoy, and please be in touch!


a forum on fair practice in the arts
in three acts

01.09.18 + 02.09.18 :: OPEN FORUM 11am – 7pm
03.09.18 – 07.09.18 :: EDIT WORKSHOP 10am – 6pm
08.09.18 :: DUMMY PRESENTATION 4pm

@ Allée du Kaai
Avenue du Port 49, 1000 Bruxelles

Please subscribe to the events bellow!

State Of The Arts (SOTA) invites you to take part in its first annual CAMP for the writing of the FAIR ARTS ALMANAC 2019, a practical guide for working, instituting and policy making in the arts. There are 3 events to engage with!

OPEN FORUM: Two days to discuss, debate and share practices of fairness with, through and in the arts.
Do you want to have an impact on cultural policy? This is your chance!
Come with your concerns, insights, statements and demands!
Share your practical tricks and tips for managing, administrating, financing, and disseminating your practice.
Debate the relationship between artists and institutions!
Engage in ecology and sustainability within the arts!
Tell how you take action to influence the conditions through your practice.
Fight racism, sexism, and any other form of exclusion and inequality!

There will be five fair tents to camp about solidarity, diversity, transparency, ecology, trust.
There will be all the responses to the open call for contributions to the almanac up for discussion and practice.
There will be boards to propose your contribution and choose your participation in others practice.
Bring thoughts to craft your proposals and we will provide food and drinks!

Subscribe here and make a statement with your participation!!


EDITORIAL WORKSHOP: Based on the material gathered during THE OPEN FORUM we organize a 5 day workshop to collectivize the editing of the almanac. We would like to ask you engage for at least one full day in putting this almanac together.We need max. 7 people per day who help to assemble the contributions gathered during the camp and translate that towards a useful, practical and relevant publication. Bring your devices, a practical mind and good concentration! Suggest not only basic information about the arts, but also critical reflections upon its apparatus, action plans, unsolicited comments, bottom-up strategies, proposals for changes, etc…! We will hand on edit this almanac together. You help and we will pay, depending on your days of engagement.

For the EDIT workshop please sign up here!


DUMMY PRESENTATION: After the workshop we invite everyone to look at and reflect upon a first dummy. You have an opinion? Come to test it, to read it, to feedback and adjust!
The almanac needs your comments before it goes into the final editing and printing process. Your Fair Art Almanac 2019 will be ready before the end of this year.

Just come!

Please share this information with everyone you know!

Thanks and see you there
your SOTA core team.

The FAIR ARTS ALMANAC is up unto this point supported by KUNSTENPUNT, SOFAM and ACOD.

Structure of the work tables, Symposium 2

In the morning we will invite all the conference visitors to participate in one of the work tables, thinking together about ‘fair practices’ within specific aspects of the artistic practice. At every table one or more specific ‘cases’ will be presented, which the group can unravel: what are aspects of ‘fairness’ and how to reach them?

In the conversations in preparation of this conference, we introduced the concept of ‘currencies’ which define the relations and exchanges between the different actors. that can be used as building block in the discussions ‘currencies’. These: finances, communication, material and immaterial values, visibility and decision-making. Continue reading Structure of the work tables, Symposium 2

Symposium 2, De Munt, from 11:00

de munt:belg revolutie

February 22th,

On February 22ndDe Munt / La Monnaie opens its doors to an exceptional event hosted by the platform State of the Arts : a symposium assembling the different players of the arts field concerning our future.

The current austerity policy and budget cuts imposed by the Flemish Minister of Culture and the Federal Government, should not divide us. On the contrary, we should find ways to defend ourselves in solidarity and to voice our desires as a concerned collective.

Recognizing the complexity of an increasingly superdiverse society, what policy alternatives can we suggest that can take on the societal challenges of today, rather than follow the dogma of “there is no alternative” to austerity? What actions can be taken together as a field to resist the tendency towards even more market-driven arts practices – a tendency we feel will lead to monoculture?

5 different and intertwined perspectives on the importance of diversity of the arts are proposed as a way to focus the debate:

  1. Art as an equal within the diversity of practices in society
  2. The diversity of players within the arts field
  3. The diversity of art forms
  4. The specificity of finance models for the arts within the diversity of economies
  5. The diversity of organizational models for arts practices.

With your participation, this symposium can be a starting point towards articulating ourselves in an empowering way as an arts field towards cultural minister Mr. Gatz and his government and towards the rest of society. Unity and consensus among us is not necessarily the goal, but an in-depth and articulated debate are the bare essentials to becoming a stronger force within a pluralist society.

Register now

Through this call SOTA invites concerned art practitioners, organizations, institutions, etc… to gather together. SOTA will offer a set-up with parallel roundtable-discussions, as well as collective sessions, keynote lectures, a coffee bar and vegan food.

The symposium is on the 22nd of February in De Munt / La Monnaie, it will start at 11:00 and will end at 16:00 including one hour lunch break between 13:00 – 14:00.
The entry is not on the main entrance but on: Wolvengracht 39 Rue du Fossé-aux-Loups


I strike

“I strike today because I believe in a warm and inclusive society, that embraces diversity,that cares and produces mutual responsibility for each human being and promotes culture as knowledge capital. In the society I believe in, art and culture create an essential space for reflection, innovation and potential for transformation. But today the ideological shift in policy­making aims at reducing and eradicating this social responsibility and inclusivity. I stand for a strong, transparent and committed public support to art, culture and research. Only a society that guarantees multi-faced artistic expressions, which has the possibility to be independent from ideological or commercial interests can call itself a democratic society.”


Strikers Picket at the doors of Beursschouwburg.

From 10 – 12 h  +  BBQ to keep warm
Feel free to bring edibles to put on the BBQ or coals and woods to put in.
Continue the discussion  ‘What is an artist strike?’
At 12h we can join HARTBOVENHARD in La Tentation.