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