Artcentre BUDA

Kunsten Centrum BUDA

At this conference, Artcentre BUDA is represented by Franky Devos, General Manager.

Broelkaai 1b, B-8500 Kortrijk, Belgium
www.budakortrijk.be
Contact: Franky Devos, general manager

art center (exclusively arts; of any type)
nonprofit association / NGO, established in 2006 (Artcentre BUDA arose from artcentre Limelight, the dance studio Dans in Kortrijk and the visual culture festival Beeldenstorm; at the end of 2005, the three separate art houses merged into artcentre BUDA.)

Artcentre BUDA is a workspace for artists, a festival organizer and an art cinema.

Workspace. Artcentre BUDA welcomes about 150 artists on an annual basis who come to live and work temporarily in Kortrijk. They have at their disposal five studios, two technically equipped theater halls, a team of technicians, and two boarding houses for overnight accommodation.

Festival organizer. Artists-in-residence present their work to an audience during five festivals throughout the season: 3 x Fresh (spring), Kortrijk Congé (mid-July), and the international art festival NEXT organized for the Eurometropolis (Lille (France), Kortrijk (Belgium), Tournai (Belgium)).

Art cinema. Artcentre BUDA presents at least three films a day in Budascoop. We also regularly organize film projects that reflect the topic of a live work or that are specifically aimed at children, teenagers, senior citizens, and so on.

Artcentre BUDA is a private nonprofit organization financed by, among others,. the Flemish Government, the Province of West Flanders, the City of Kortrijk, and the European Union.

Artcentre BUDA - cinema

Decision-making: Artcentre BUDA has seven members of staff, who are responsible for taking operational decisions. Staff meetings are led and prepared by the general manager. Artistic choices are made by the artistic director. Art centre BUDA has an 11-member board, which meets every two months and is responsible for decisions that will affect the financial situation of the organization or its employees.

Organizational openness:
Artcentre BUDA has established the group “Companeros”, consisting of approximately 50 people who are invited to showings by artists-in-residence at BUDA. These people are stimulated (e.g. by an educational program) to give feedback on works-in-progress. Many artists are enthusiastic about our Companeros and it helps us make our artist-in-residence program more open to the people of Kortrijk.

Our daily movie program includes many collaborations with schools, other organizations, enterprises, and so on.

Four to six times a year, we organize Buda Libre, a “one-night café” to which we invite everyone in the region who works in the fields of innovation and creativity. Every edition attracts about 150 people: entrepreneurs, architects, politicians, designers…

Venue/s / resources:
Art Centre Buda has five buildings:

  • Two houses with rooms for artists-in-residence;
  • BUDASCOOP: One theater/movie theater with two stages (capacity: 120 and 287) and three cinemas (capacity: 50, 96, 150);
  • BUDATOWER: five studios for theater/dance
  • Administration office

Artcentre BUDA - cloakroom

Budget: more than €500,000.

Co-productions: No usual model. All co-productions are the result of individual negotiations. At the very least, we provide a studio, a room in one of our two houses, soup and bread at noon and the support of our technical and artistic staff. Several artists also receive a co-production fee and reimbursement of travel costs.

Hosting: We do not possess our own venues but hire five studios, three movie theaters and two theater halls from the city of Kortrijk. We are not the exclusive users of these locations, which may also be hired by other organizations. This sometimes produces problems but helps us to offer good spaces at low cost.

Services: The festival Kortrijk Congé is a (crazy) one-night festival that we coordinate but organize alongside several other local organizations. This format helps us keep in contact with other organizations.

International collaboration: Most of our artists-in-residence come from abroad. We do many international projects. We are members of several international networks: APAP, Europa Cinema, Départs, Labo 21. Because we are a border city with France and the French-speaking part of Belgium, we have several collaborations with Kortrijk’s partner cities Lille (France) and Tournai (Belgium). Every year we organize NEXT, a large international festival for the Eurometropolis.

Participation: The group “Companeros” comprises approximately 50 people who are invited to showings by artists-in-residence at BUDA. These people are stimulated (e.g. by an educational program) to give feedback on works-in-progress. Many artists are enthusiastic about our Companeros and it helps us make our artist-in-residence program more open to the people of Kortrijk. During festivals we do a number of introductions, conversations with artists, post-show talks with journalists…

Neighborhood: In summer we will establish a broadband Internet connection with 300 houses in the neighborhood. Artists will be able to use this experimental digital platform for new applications involving local residents. We are also starting a specific artist-in-residence program for artists creating work that integrates local communities, which we will carry out together with an art centre in the north of France.

Artcentre BUDA -black hall

Municipality: We have a good and open relationship with the local government. We feel supported by them (in low-cost accommodation), but have to make the case that the venues have been mostly used for artistic creation and not for presentations to an audience.

In addition: Due to the economic crisis, many discussions are taking place in Flanders about improving the management capacities of cultural organizations. Artcentre BUDA has already spent several years working on good relations with private entrepreneurs. This enables us to use their specific knowledge to attract a new audience or to find extra money.

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