On 6 September in Brussels, ENCATC welcomed over 37 guests for its 53rd Cultural Happy Hour at Brussels Gallery Weekend which celebrates the general reopening of Brussels contemporary art galleries and non profit spaces, gathering together great shows all around the city.
This marked the second time ENCATC has partnered with the Brussels Gallery Weekend. The collaboration resulted first in a wonderful guided tour of four galleries. The group visited the Office Baroque Gallery to see the first individual exhibition of Japanese artist, Ataru Sato. Next, the Hannah Barry Gallery was showing “Of all the things I’ve lost” by PROUDICK (Lindsey Mendick and Paloma Proudfoot). The walking tour continued to the Dépendence Gallery to learn about the work of American artist Oscar Tuazon. The final stop was at the Alice Gallery to admire the paintings of American artist Maya Hayuk.
The Cultural Happy Hour continued with the debate “Do galleries have to re-think their format?" Welcomed by GiannaLia Cogliandro Beyens, ENCATC Secretary General and Sybille du Roy, Director of the Brussels Gallery Weekend, the panel included the moderator, ENCATC member, Prof Annick Schramme (University of Antwerp/Antwerp Management School) and speakers with Isabella Anna-Maria Ritter (Maison Des Rendez-Vous), Alexia Brossard (Artuner), and Martha Kirszenbaum (curator). Together they discussed the evolution of galleries, new business models, responding to technological advances, the necessary skills and competences in this new challenging working environment, and ethical issues.