PARK is an art initiative founded by Rob Moonen in cooperation with six other artists living in Tilburg. At this moment the PARK staff consists of Linda Arts, René Korten, Rob Moonen, Liza Voetman and Reinoud van Vught.
PARK is a platform for contemporary visual arts positioning itself between Kunstpodium T and Museum De Pont. PARK organizes an exhibition program in the former Goretti Chapel at the Wilhelmina Park in Tilburg.
PARK focuses on current developments in contemporary art and on artists with extensive experience and proven quality. A platform is offered to regional colleagues but also to nationally and internationally working artists, precisely to make a positive contribution to the debate on contemporary art. The staff aspires the platform to be of national importance, but in each project a substantive link with the city is established. The staff is convinced that cooperation with other parties increases the visibility and functionality of the platform, and also stimulates the field of visual arts in the city and the region.
PARK aspires to create new connections, for example by inviting international curators to take note of the variety of regional artists and maybe include some of them in an exhibition. PARK wishes to contribute to the development of a favorable climate for production of visual arts by incorporating local and regional artists into PARK's national and international network.
Each year, five projects will be realized and if possible, accompanied by a matching program in the form of lectures, artist talks, music and film.
Since March 2015 PARK realizes in collaboration with Cultural Centre Jan van Besouw in Goirle, a program of exhibitions in the lobby of the cultural centre there. Under the name PARKinG (PARK in Goirle) presentations of contemporary professional art are organized. These are solo exhibitions of artists who are also included in the exhibition program of PARK. At each exhibition there is a public event, such as a lecture or an interview, in which the content of the work shown is central.
At the end of 2017, a new director was appointed in CC Jan van Besouw who wants to show local amateur art, the exhibitors have to pay to present their work there. Because PARK's focus is entirely on professional art, the collaboration has been suspended as of February 2018.
From the beginning of 2017 Theater De NWE Vorst in Tilburg and PARK have joined hands and occasionaly realize exhibitions of visual art in the building of De NWE Vorst under the name PARKVorst. These are exhibitions of artists who are at the transition area of visual and performing arts. These can be installations or visual work with a time lapse or performative element. In 2019 PARK and De NWE Vorst organize a performance festival that will take place in both locations.
The educational program of PARK is about inspiring and informing with an open character. Being stimulated by the exhibition of PARK, by the student or visitor (of all ages and origins) is central. The education program contributes to the personal identity and knowledge development of the visitor and within the program the intrinsic motivation and discovery will be an important point of attention. Visitors can also be involved through guided tours, workshops and special evenings.
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