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WCC-BF

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Published: 16.10.2018
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Intro
The WCC•BF is a contemporary Art Centre dedicated to Applied Arts located on the site of the Old Slaughterhouses in Mons. It is a professional association which values and promotes Applied Art trades in the region of Wallonia and Brussels. Ceramics, glass, jewellery, paper, textile, design object are among other the creative fields in which our artists belong to and who are supported and promoted. The WCC•BF works in close collaboration with the WCC•Europe and this within the worldwide organization of the World Crafts Council (Worldwide Council for Art Professions).
Three principal objectives are at the heart of the WCC•BF’s activity: the promotion of their artists’ members in Belgium and abroad; the information and the formation of the public and professionals in those fields thanks to exhibitions, conferences and workshops.

The gallery’s ground floor is dedicated to the artists’ latest creations which are always more innovative and daring. The thoroughness of the selection of those works doesn’t impede with the warmth of the space, which is conducive to the tea tasting which is offered in handmade bowls.

Special attention is devoted to the creators of the future. With this in mind, the association organizes annually the Tremplin exhibition which is a contest aimed at students who just graduated from art schools in Wallonia and Brussels. The exhibit of their final and graduation works offers a new scenery of the prospecting creative activity in Belgium, while giving a professional boost thanks to the Awards given for the occasion.

The WCC•BF doesn’t only value and promote Belgian artists. They also organize temporary exhibitions which gather national and foreign artists, sometimes in collaboration with other institutions, in order to offer to the public but also to the artists the opportunity to contemplate works from creators abroad and in this way foster the dialogue, the stimulation and the emulation.

Its participation in exhibitions and international fairs confirms that goal by highlighting artistic exchanges between the Belgian and foreign creation while offering their artists, who are members of the organization, the chance to have recognition throughout Europe.


History and premises
The WCC-BF was founded in 1981, under the auspices of the World Crafts Council, an NGO recognised by UNESCO. Over time and as it grew, the WCC-BF gained the support of public authorities and private institutions, such as the city of Mons, the Province of Hainaut, the French Community in Belgium, the National Lottery and the European Union, with which it formed various partnerships.

Since 2006, the WCC-BF has occupied premises in the beautifully renovated former Mons slaughterhouse. Built in 1884 by the architect Sury, it comprises three Lombard style buildings: the cattle shed where the WCC-BF has its offices, organises temporary exhibitions, displays the work of its members and arranges legal advice; the Great Hall, with a floor area of 700 m2 which houses large exhibitions, centred particularly on the applied arts. The keys to this space, managed by the city council, are given to the WCC-BF once a year to allow it to use the entire complex as a showcase for the applied arts; and finally, the cold store, converted into an audiovisual space, where conferences, training courses, etc. are regularly held


Our facilities:
Temporary exhibition space
Showcase for crafts
Documentation centre


WCC-BF Staff:
Suzanne Papier, secretary - suzannepapier@wcc-bf.org
Johanne Schadron, project manager - johanneschadron@wcc-bf.org
Ornella La Vaccara, PR manager - ornellalavaccara@wcc-bf.org

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2018:
Exhibition  05 Jun 2018 - 16 Jun 2018  7 artists for 7 days 2018.
Exhibition  04 Mar 2018 - 20 May 2018  Elle luit. Jewellery and Light.
Exhibition  17 Feb 2018 - 18 May 2018  The European Triennial for Contemporary Jewellery 2017 in Sweden.
2017:
Exhibition  28 Oct 2017 - 04 Feb 2018  The European Triennial for Contemporary Jewellery 2017.
Award giving  28 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017  The European Triennial for Contemporary Jewellery 2017 Winner.
Open call  21 Oct 2017 - 15 Feb 2018  The European Prize for Applied Arts 2018.
2016:
Workshop  10 May 2016 - 13 May 2016  Sensualism by Tanel Veenre.
Exhibition  19 Apr 2016 - 14 Aug 2016  Chemins croisés.
Fair  24 Feb 2016 - 01 Mar 2016  Schmuck 2016.
2015:
Exhibition  24 Oct 2015 - 10 Jan 2016  Omnia Vanitas.
Exhibition  23 Oct 2015 - 17 Jan 2016  European Prize for Applied Arts Exhibition 2015.
Workshop  20 Oct 2015 - 23 Oct 2015  Jewellery by David Bielander.
Workshop  20 Oct 2015 - 23 Oct 2015  Ceramics by Alexandra Engelfriet.
Workshop  20 Oct 2015 - 23 Oct 2015  Glass by Yi Peng.
Meeting  20 Oct 2015 - 27 Oct 2015  European Craft Summit 2015.
Workshop  19 Oct 2015 - 23 Oct 2015  Glass by Philippa Beveridge.
Award  15 Feb 2015 - 10 Jan 2016  European Prize for Applied Arts 2015.
2014:
Lectures  25 Oct 2014 - 25 Oct 2014  Lecture: Jewellery Object. For your eyes only?.
Exhibition  24 Oct 2014 - 28 Dec 2014  European Triennial for Contemporary Jewellery.
2013:
Exhibition  26 Oct 2013 - 22 Dec 2013  Cosy Corner - objets d'auteurs, objets à vivre.
Exhibition  22 Oct 2013 - 05 Jan 2014  Le bijou d´auteur.
Exhibition  19 Oct 2013 - 05 Jan 2014  European Triennial for Ceramics and Glass.
Exhibition  19 Oct 2013 - 05 Jan 2014  Vincent Beague: A Retrospective of Ceramic Work.
Affiche Appel Tremplin 2017..
Affiche Appel Tremplin 2017.

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European Prize for Applied Arts 2015, photo by JS Herman..
European Prize for Applied Arts 2015, photo by JS Herman.

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European Triennial for contemporary Jewellery 2017, photo by JS Herman..
European Triennial for contemporary Jewellery 2017, photo by JS Herman.

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Omnia Vanitas, temporary exhibition 2015, photo by JS Herman..
Omnia Vanitas, temporary exhibition 2015, photo by JS Herman.

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Sunday Tea, on the first Sunday of every month, one visit one cup of tea, a lot of pleasure..
Sunday Tea, on the first Sunday of every month, one visit one cup of tea, a lot of pleasure.

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