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AAIR - Opening 16 May 2019

AAIR is a new artist-oriented organization, emerged from the synergy between AIR Antwerpen and Studio Start, that grants time, space and mobility to national and international artists. AAIR wishes to create a sustainable context for artistic development.

Both organizations strove for ‘an ideal working environment’ for artists; Studio Start targeted Antwerp artists and creative entrepreneurs, while AIR Antwerpen concentrated on the international visual artist. Over the course of eight years, an ongoing conversation between Studio Start and AIR Antwerpen led to an intensifying collaboration which results in AAIR’s long-term vision: a new artist-oriented organization whose mission, operation and structure contributes to the careers of inter/national artists.

- conducts a supportive local artist studio policy;
- establishes international residency exchanges;
- sets up a groundbreaking development platform for young local artists;
- actively engages in contemporary discourses on residencies and artist studio’s policies.

AAIR operates from a new location of its own in the heart of Antwerp clustering the various ambitions of the organization. The director's house of the former biscuit factory De Beuckelaer, behind the Antwerp Zoo, houses three living and working spaces for international residents, the collective workspace of the annual international development platform STRT Kit and our office.

AAIR’s public launch coincides with Antwerp Art Weekend and offers an insight in the new location and organization on the basis of the group exhibition: Null Island.

THU MAY 16 (6pm—10pm)
Official launch AAIR

> Exhibition — 'Null Island': with Tianzhuo Chen, Alexis Gautier, Runo Lagomarsino, Cristina Lucas, Koba De Meutter & Mohamad Kanaan, Monica Restrepo & Ana Maria Millán — curated by Alan Quireyns
> Presentation — STRT Shot winner 2018: Miguel Angel Montoya
> Open Studio — AAIR residents: Stefan Cantante, Valentin Cernat, Pierre Coric, Lola Daels, Cristina Lucas, Lina Laraki, Maxim Ryckaert, Eva van Tongeren
> Artwork in residence: Walter Swennen, Untitled (Souvenir), 1982

FRI MAY 17 — SUN MAY 19 (2pm—6pm)
The exhibition will be open during Antwerp Art Weekend 2019.

SUN MAY 19 (12am—2pm)
Brunch in the presence of the artists and the organization.

The exhibition is open until Monday 10 June, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from 12am to 6pm or by appointment.

Ploegstraat 27,
2018 Antwerpen