Open Call

1 February – 1 April 2021 

For whom?

  • Professional artists (all disciplines)
  • Final-year Bachelor or Master students who follow a national or foreign art program (all disciplines)
  • Individual or collective (maximum 4 people)

Candidate participants from all countries are welcome.


Two research periods are foreseen. You must select one or both periods upon registration. You will have to stay at least 3 nights in Watou, but you can also add the weekend (maximum 5 nights). These are the periods:

  • Tuesday, 20 July, to Sunday, 25 July 2021
  • Tuesday, 17 August, to Sunday, 22 August 2021


  • You will get sleeping accommodation for four days (three nights). This is the minimum period of stay (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). You can also stay for five nights.
  • We keep it basic: a camping bed in the meeting centre of Watou, or you bring your own little tent. Sanitary and kitchen, Wi-Fi, workspace, tables and chairs are available.
  • You will receive a fee of 300 Euro to cover your costs.
  • You can enter into dialogue/a debate with the curator/inspirer Koen Vanmechelen.
  • You can come as an individual, or as a collective (maximum 4 people).
  • You can share your thoughts in the Watou notebook, or on our inspiration wall.
  • You will stand a chance to be selected with your project proposal for the Arts Festival in 2022.
  • Has the jury selected your project proposal? Then you will receive a budget of 5.000 Euro to work out the project in concrete terms.

Terms and Conditions

  • You must register with a motivation letter, CV and portfolio. The number of places is limited. The jury will select and confirm your participation.
  • You are prepared to sleep in Watou for three nights. It could also be for five.
  • You would like to enter into dialogue with Koen Vanmechelen, the Watou community, the festival goers, artists, passers-by, …
  • You have a healthy dose of empathy and guts.
  • You must feel at liberty to share your thoughts, sketches and impressions on the inspiration wall during the camp.
  • You will have to work out a project proposal after the Watou immersion.
  • You must submit the proposal by 1 November.


  • The open call will run from 1 February to 1 April 2021.
  • The selection of the participants will be done by a jury, chaired by Koen Vanmechelen.
  • The selection will be announced on 1 May 2021.
  • The final registrations will be finalised on 15 May 2021.
  • The research periods will run from 21/07 – 25/07/2021 and from 17/08 – 22/08/2021.
  • Project proposals for the Art Festival 2022 can be submitted until 1 November 2021.
  • The winning project proposals will be announced on 15 December 2021.


  • Your application must contain: name and/ or studio, address details, motivation letter, CV and relevant portfolio. You must supply this in Dutch and in English (synopsis).


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