Let us respond, reflect and rebuild in solidarity

As an organization supporting the development of artists' trajectories, Hiros works closely together with individual artists and their teams, creating a long-term and sustainable environment for artistic creation and research.

The crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic painfully exposes the vulnerability of the arts sector and increases already existing inequalities. Hiros witnesses in particular the worsening of the already precarious position of the artist and cultural worker.

Considering the urgency of the current moment we call on the Flemish, Brussels and Belgian Federal Government to take the necessary measures. We also call on the arts sector itself to respond, reflect and rebuild in solidarity.

Hiros therefore endorses the 4 proposals formulated by SOTA (State of the Arts) a.o. in this letter.

Aiming at the long-term viability of the sector, we additionally call for the initiation of a far-reaching debate on the current nature of the position of the artist, with a view of ensuring sustainability of artist's careers and practices, as well as freedom of expression, social and financial recognition and individual well-being.

Image: The Palm of Your Hand / Research (2015) - Vera Tussing © Benjamin Sommabere

In-depth conversations

Simon Mayer and Gaëtan Rusquet talk about their artistic practices

A few months back, two in-depth interviews were done with two artists we have been working together with for a long time: Simon Mayer and Gaëtan Rusquet. Gaëtan talks about how it all started, dealing with the limits of the body, his back and forth between the visual and performing arts and his latest piece the eYe in the light in the eYe. Simon speaks about growing up with folk dance and music, using the full expressions of the body, the need to be in the present and the creation of his upcoming solo project Being Moved. Read the interview with Gaëtan here and the interview with Simon can be found here.

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Charter for the stage artist

A statement of solidarity between artists who agree to no longer accept un(der)paid work in public activities that take place at or for organizations with fixed-income employees.
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