The ONBOARDS Biennale is an exhibition of artworks displayed on the city’s street billboards.
The exhibition presents artworks from national and international established and upcoming artists and works from art students.
With the ONBOARDS biennale, we aim to bring art closer to society, address the general public in their daily environment, and offer a possibility of participation for both artists, stakeholders of the art world, and the audience.
A billboard as street furniture can facilitate art and disseminate ideas. In this project, a billboard becomes a meeting point of dialogue, culture, and education within the public space. By doing so, we provide to both established and upcoming artists new, multiple audiences and open up a new arena for an encounter of competing perceptions and ideas. Together with recognised artists and key players of the art world, we aim to promote both students and upcoming artists from around the globe.
We believe that art is a communicative practice that contributes to the flourishing of the community members as a whole. By bringing art into shared public spaces, the ONBOARDS Biennale aims to create a possibility of social interaction, provoke public dialogue and offer new social and cultural experiences, promoting communication, reflection, self-awareness and humanity.
ONBOARDS BIENNALE Show Up/Show Off
From June 28 till July 25 2021, the public can discover 200 art prints on Antwerp city’s billboards. The exhibition presents art prints from (inter) national established and emerging artists, artists from Antwerp Art Galleries, ToBe Antwerp and from art students of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and Sint Lucas Antwerp.
Additional in this sixth edition is a public award, free performances and a symposium in the public space on 3, 10 and 24 July. An audio tour is also available through the website.
Everyone can vote and buy!
ONBOARDS BIENNALE 2021 invites everyone to nominate an artwork. Voting is easy by scanning a QR code. The three winning works of art will be further promoted in public space in 2022 in
A jury prize will also be awarded to three promising emerging artists.
They will be awarded by a group and solo exhibition in one of Antwerps museums or galleries in 2022.
Those who would like to purchase a print can do this via the website for a democratic price from July 05 to August 28, 2021.
THE QUARANTINE EDITION
The world is currently facing an extraordinary situation. How do artists experience and view the Corona crisis? Artists responded promptly by activating the empty billboards in the empty streets. We are all facing the same crisis, confronted with others and with ourselves. Art can depict those feelings and give hope.
We are present and this is our contribution.
Sanja Tomić invited artist Spank Moons for this 5th edition. His idea was to involve the graduating master and bachelor students of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp and of Sint Lucas Antwerp in this unique project.More
INSIDE THE BILLBOARD PROJECT
Inside the Billboard Project was an exhibition of a collection of artworks, documentation and research of the Billboard Project Antwerp from 2007 to 2017.
This exhibition took place in the Lange Zaal of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and was curated by Natali Sarkisyan, Els De Vos and Tine Poot
Works of art, placed in public space, are seen daily and are therefore interpreted by the general public. Art stimulates communication between different social groups. Art can be socially involved and often shows a surprising view of society.
The main goal of Billboard-Project-Antwerp is to investigate the role and perception of art in the public space/atmosphere: the project aims to provide artists with new ways to reach a wider audience.
The Billboards in our streets are a very powerful means of communication. They are usually located in prominent places in the city and constantly convey some message, mainly commercial, but their visual impact can function in other ways as well. In this way, street furniture as they are, they are also ambassadors of Culture.
In the near future, The Billboard Project Antwerp should become a recurring biennial: international and national artists will be invited to this event
When Art Seeks Understanding: The Billboard as a Meeting Point
In 2016, the Billboard Project became The Meeting Point, where artists, art students, architecture students and the public could meet and give their opinion about their perception of art. This edition of the Billboard Project Antwerp investigated whether the artistic meaning of a work can influence our daily lives by displaying and interpreting an artwork in public space.
This project was made in collaboration with artist Natali Sarkisyan and Sanja Tomic, Pr.dr.Els De Vos and her students from the University of Antwerp, PhD Tine Poot and students from The Fine Art Academy in Antwerp.
Participating artists: Jasmina Fekovic, Spank Moons & Zino Moons, Andy Wauman, Philip Aguirre Y Otegui, Denitsa Todorova, Natali Sarkisyan, Filip Collin, Ief Spincemaille, Miljan Vukicevic, Koenraad Claes, Maika Garnica, Joke Raes, Bram Van Meervelde, Nadia Naveau, Nick Andrews, Ivan Willemins, Ingrid Ledent, Yiannis Papadopoulos and Julio Varela Moyano
Students researchers: De Dobbeleer Sam, De Beir Vincent, Camille Tryffaut, Stijn Terbraeke, Oscar Claus, De Roeck Alex, Chen Sara, Napisa Leela Suphap, Malik Carael, Van Gool Siel, Hauquier Kimoura, Thomas Bosmans, Olga Claes, Anna Karoliina Multas, Ines Laukannen, Jonne Nurmela, Emma Van Geet, Dawid Wojtalewicz and Aleksandra Majzel.
BILLBOARD PROJECT III
The 3’rd edition of the Billboard Project Antwerp went further than ‘just being an open air-exhibition ‘. We became interested in the way the general public perceived the artworks: the billboards were constantly changing during the course of the project, depending on the time of day, the light and of course the viewer.
We have noticed the interest of the general public and came up with the idea of visual research.
Nel Aerts, Waldo Bien, Peter Bosteels, Vaast Colson, Liesbeth De Haes, Sarah De Wilde, Nico Dockx, Sanja Tomic and Moussa Faye, Jasmina Fekovic, Mathias Goyvaerts, René Huybrechts, Toshinori Kondo, Charlotte Koopman, Ingrid Ledent, Ludo Lens, Jan Mast, Branko Miskovic, Yiannis Papadopoulos, Natali Sarkisyan, Emanuele Sbardella, Dennis Tyfus, David Van der Velde, Hans Van Dijck, Miljan Vukicevic, Ivan Willemyns, Djakon Srdjan Radojkovic
ARTIST STATEMENT AND COMMUNICATION
Two years after the first edition the Billboard Project Antwerp was relaunched, this time under the title: Artist Statement and Communication. AC Billboards offered the artists 9 double-sided billboards on one of the most prominent streets in Antwerp: the Schoenmarkt. While placing the works of art in the billboards, passers-by showed great interest in what was going on.
Waldo Bien, Vaast Colson, Peter Bosteels, Liesbeth De Haes, Nico Dockx, Helena Sidiropoulos, Jochem Vanden Ecker, Lieven Segers, Ivan Willemyns, René Huybrechts, Riaan Van Jaarsveldt, Stephanie Janssens, Sarah De Wilde, Yiannis Papadopoulos, Bert Gillet, Jasmina Fekovic, Joris Van De Moortel, Ming Zheng, Linus Coart, Sanja Tomic, Koenraad Claes
The Billboard Project Antwerp was established in October 2007. Fifty original works of art by various Belgian and international artists were exhibited in the city center. These artworks were placed in Agrafa and AC Billboards. The exhibition lasted one week. The project was titled: Insight. A guided walkthrough was organized on opening night.
This project was made in collaboration with Peter Bosteels, Liesbeth De Haes, Kanako Murakami, Koenraad Claes en Sanja Tomic.
Peter Bosteels, Koenraad Claes, Liesbeth De Haes, Kanako Murakami, Jan Vissers, Rene Huybrechts, Jan Smitz, Ingrid Ledent, Ivan Willemyns, Lou Gills, Hana Miletic, Ludo Lens, Tom Boiy, Stijn Van Brabant, Miljan Vukicevic, Charlotte Koopman, Indra Wolfaert, Denitsa Todorova, Sanja Tomic, Kuniko Tadokoro