With the 'Goldmine' project, we are creating an artistic hotspot in New Ghent where art is embraced and celebrated. By opening the doors to contemporary talent, we form a haven for national and international artists. Every year, about five artists descend on the neighborhood to be inspired by its surroundings. The project thus focuses on brightening local infrastructure and upgrading the living environment.
Goldmine also explores the connecting functionality of murals in an otherwise "closed" neighborhood. Art can be a bridge, or a key to break down barriers and bring dialogue to life. Previous projects have already shown that when art and color are brought to the streets on a large scale they can have a positive impact on the residents of a neighborhood.
Last year, national and international artists Carolina Favale, Colectivo Liquado, GOMAD, Luogo Comune and Toon Van Ishoven visited the neighborhood to leave their mark.
Colectivo Licuado is a contemporary art collective from Uruguay. This traveling painting duo from Uruguay set out to cross as many people as possible on their path, soaking up cultures and learning local customs. This results in artworks based on cultural diversity, inspiring stories and often featuring a feminine touch. Their work focuses mainly on social and political issues, often using humor to make their points clear. Colectivo Licuado can now be found in North & South America, Asia and Europe.
Luogo Comune is an Italian artists' collective, founded in 1999 by artists Andrea Zucchini and Massimo Bartolini. The collective's work is often site-specific and explores the relationship between architecture, art and the natural environment.
Toon Van Ishoven is an Antwerp, Belgium-based visual artist/designer. He creates murals, paintings, graphic and audiovisual designs. He creates both original, free art and commissioned works. He likes to alternate between solo work and collaborations with theater directors, writers, choreographers, fellow artists, etc. Each wall influences the content he chooses for it. He often integrates the specific shape or architectural features of a building, a column or an interior space into his design. His painting technique consists of about 2/3 brushwork and 1/3 spray and/or airbrush. It allows him to give the piece a substantial level of realism and a 3-dimensional feel.
She studied at the School of Visual Arts Antonio Berni, from where she graduated in Visual Arts majoring in Printmaking. Since 2010, she has been doing murals using spray paint, influenced by various urban art manifestations. The street allows one to create a language that combines different forms of action and direct intervention. This language is the result of different searches for appropriation and reinterpretation of elements of Latin American and European visual art, (specifically from Symbolism, Pre-Columbian Art and Latin American Mural Art) translated into spray paint. Her main interest is to create timeless and calm spaces, which invite contemplation and reflection, questioning about different aspects that make and interpellate the human condition. For this artist, the artistic practice is, mainly, an authentic space for self-knowledge through which one can construct meaning based on personal experiences.
‘Marcus GOMAD Debie – Urban Art Studio’ is led by color blind artist Marcus Debie (1972) aka ‘GOMAD’ and his wife Nancy Montforts. They’re specialized in post-graffiti, street art murals and urban art paintings. Marcus got artistically active over 35 years ago in the Southern Dutch graffiti scene. He dedicated a lifetime of effort towards perfecting his craft which he now calls ‘urban fine art & muralism’. During his education in illustrations at the School of Arts in Sittard (1992-1996) he developed a keen interest in realism, surrealism and strongly influenced by the old Dutch masters. All of which can be found in his work today. His work can be characterized by a layered fusion of photo realistic graffiti art with surreal influences, combined with graphic and organic color elements.