Experience day to day life in a unique private art museum surrounded by nature in Belgium



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  • Description


    We are a unique private contemporary art museum, with a collection focused on bio-art, kinetic installations, collages and assemblages, located in a green scenery around 25 km from Antwerp. With 12 hectares (29.7 acres) of scenic area and 20,000 m² (4,9 acres) of covered space, our place is one of the largest private initiatives for contemporary art throughout Europe! Here culture, nature and ecology go hand in hand - we have a huge sculpture park on site, including a pond and beehives, as well as a greenhouse full of artworks, where you can also meet chickens, ducks, kingfishers, exotic parrots and even Australian kukaburas!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Help


    There is a lot going on in the museum so we always appreciate a helpful hand! The foundation resembles a living organism: it is in motion, untidy and changes from one day to the next so the tasks may vary throughout the year.

    Due to the dynamics an peculiarities of our project we encourage long term stays, and ask for a minimum stay of three weeks.

    We need someone to help us with the daily tasks, like watering plants, washing the dishes, general cleaning, gardening, sometimes painting.

    We need assistance with customer service in our orangerie.

    People with building experience are always welcomed. Especially before the new exhibitions openings in April and October, there is a lot of work to do: carpentry, renovation works, painting, reorganizing the exhibition space, etc.

    There are also many different events taking place here: business meetings, product presentations, fairs, wedding parties, etc., so we look for some help with preparing the space and assisting us during the event. Sometimes it can last until very late, so if you are willing to help us in the evening/night, we will offer you more free time afterwards.

    Mind that coming to help at our museum as volunteer is very different from applying for a residency, practices in an art gallery or following a stage experience.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Dutch (Flemish) , English

  • Accommodation


    We have double and shared rooms here. If it is possible, we are always trying to give everyone a private room, but please keep in mind that it may not be available always, and that you may get a bed in a shared room as well. Those basic standard rooms are located inside specially converted containers, where also artists from all around the world stay for the residences. Every container has a heater inside.

    Basic shower and toilets are available inside the museum for now. There is a bathroom space on the containers site, but it's still in the process of building so, as for now, it is possible to use some toilets and sinks there (running water is usually available). Internet connection is available both in the cafeteria and the rooms.

    We provide meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and drinks. Vegetarians are always welcomed and we try to fulfill their culinary requirements, but please keep in mind that we usually cook and eat meat.

    Apart from two stoves in the cafeteria, there is no heating in the museum, so during the winter it may get really cold inside. If you are interested in visiting us at that time, please remember to take warm clothes and shoes. A torch is also useful here as at night it is pretty dark around the area.

    Please be aware that there are various, unusual artworks at the museum so you will be exposed to seeing taxidermy and installations containing living organisms such as fishes, among others.

    We are a small team, and we treat every person coming here to help as a member of our foundation’s family. We expect everyone to help us with daily tasks, which none of us consider as work: preparing common dinners, cleaning dishes and glasses after meals, keeping our toilets and the shower cabin clean, taking out the trash from container’s site, tidying up your room before leaving, etc.

    Please keep in mind that our place is quite messy and chaotic, so you need to be prepared to get your hands dirty.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our museum is located around 25km from Antwerp, which is known for its diamond district, beautiful old city, great ZOO near the magnificent train station, flea markets and interesting museums including the Rubens House, among many others. Ghent is situated 38km from the foundation, and it also has a lot to offer, as it is a city with a rich history and culture, full of splendid architecture and monuments. The nearest town is Sint-Niklaas (11km from the museum), and from there you can easily get to many Belgian cities by train. Whenever possible, we will try to arrange your travel and make it easier for you to discover more of what Belgium has to offer!

    Our museum is open to everyone: you will meet artists, curators, art lovers, helpers and volunteers from all around the world! We work together, eat meals together and share our stories and experiences. When you visit us, you get a unique opportunity to take part in developing a place for art and nature. Come here and help us make our amazing projects come true!

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    25 hours per week

One of our shared meals in the cafeteria / August 2016
Abi and Flo cooking
Alina and Willie helping out one night before the opening of a new exhibition!
Preparations of Theo Jansen's exhibition in the foundation
OPEN HOUSE cafe area
The container complex for volunteers and artists in residence.
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