THE SCHOOL - a creative residency programme, Hasselt

🕔10 May 2017 09:01

The School is a post-academic and ongoing multidisciplinary festival, residence and happy city experiment.

What is this?

The School is a creative residency programme of 6 months where 2 teams of 8 young and international talents are provided with the right tools to take on a common challenge. The School researches how we can shape a different, better and happier city, along with its community.
All creatives will think, react and create as an individual and collaborator, part of a multidisciplinary and effective (compact) team. No matter what discipline, we call these creatives designers, for their dedicated role towards chosen subjects.
With its closeness, scale and focus on practicality, The School creates effectiveness in multidisciplinary collaboration.

Where is The School located?
The School is located in Hasselt, a Belgian micro-city of 77.000 inhabitants, from 130 different nationalities who live together on 102 square kilometers.
The School is designed as a compact and multidisciplinary influential space to be creative at your best. There is a large common space, 5 do-rooms and 2 basecamps and play rooms, home to each team and work or play related.

So, how does it work?
The School offers an active programme of 6 months per year. During the 6 month cyclus each artist conducts one bigger research, presented at the showcase festival in April. Various smaller projects are a constant throughout the 6 months.
The School is organised by a core superteam of 4 experts with complementary talents and experience. The resident designers have constant and active support from team coaches and do-room specialists (craft, sound, photo, print, textile).
On a regular basis various international experts and artists will give workshops, talks and one on one feedback. Finally, there is the outer super circle of The School, a network of international specialists in education, creativity and business, who will provide constant feedback and exchange of knowledge.
All resident designers will create and conduct workshops with participants of the local community, authority, (art) schools, … on a monthly base, outside The School walls, to share their knowledge.
There are monthly presentations, open-doors, visits, talks, workshops, exhibitions, … and at the end, there is the showcase festival.

Who are we looking for?
The School selects its resident designers via scouting and an international call. The 2 teams of 8 designers need to have a specific balance and choice of disciplines and talent, to keep the inner creative disturbance of each team active. Age is irrelevant, neither the diploma (bachelor, master, whatever). Regardless of previous education or work experience, it’s possible to take a complete other role in the group. The call will ask for conceptual maturity and potential to grow.

The School offers its residents 6 months of free education and 24/7 free access to think, play, collaborate and create in all spaces.

The Call
The School does not use traditional application forms.
If you want to join The School, we invite you to join this conversation.
This a conversation between Pablo (Calderón Salazar) and Caro (Van den Hole), two people who will be activekey figures / coaches in The School.
The School is a postgraduate educational program for designers, architects, artists or other creative thinkers and workers with a fascination for collaborative, experimental and innovative production of our city spaces.

Prospective participants of The School can apply by joining the conversation within the blank spaces of this form.

31.05 - Deadline Call

Want to enter your candidature to be part of The School? Make sure you enter before May 31. Questions? Add them in the application / conversation or via
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01.06 - Selection
Jury get-together

12.06 - Publication Selection
Who’s in?

15.10 - Start
The first schoolday!

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Kim Vandeloo

The School
Stationsplein 7, 3500 Hasselt - Belgium

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