On 16 June in Brussels, ENCATC and 28 Cultural Happy Hour guests were invited for an evening immersion into a world of creativity with a unique visit to LaVallée.
To open the event, guests were welcomed by Pierre Pevée, LaVallée’s manager, and Stephan Balleux, Professor at the Royal Academy of Beaux Arts in Brussels.
A project of ENCATC member, SMartBe, LaVallée located in the Molenbeek neighbourhood of Brussels aims to bring together a diversity of actors and varied skills to encourage the emulation of ideas. By pooling skills, areas of expertise, and equipment, LaVallée is able to increase collaboration opportunities between the more than 100 creative professionals and entrepreneurs (visual artists, graphic designers, painters, fashion designers, decorators…) who work in the space. The working partnerships and the human participatory nature of the project are core values of LaVallée.
LaVallée has workspaces, workshops, and offices of varying sizes, a dozen square meters to a hundred m² for shared accommodation. The site also organises many events. Several event rooms can accommodate and produce events such as exhibitions, and artistic performances, but also workshops, trainings, conferences.
For this ENCATC Cultural Happy Hour, LaVallée opened its doors for an evening tour to discover its premises, learn how it functions, and meet with members of its community. It was a moment to visit behind-the-scenes of a dynamic creative space. Guests spoke with artists, learned about their artistic medium, and watched them work.
On this special occasion, guests were treated to a sneak peek of the selected work of students by a special jury of the Académie des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles, which is hosted by LaVallée.
To conclude the evening, guests enjoyed networking time in LaVallée’s exhibition space surrounded by works for an upcoming temporary exhibition.
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