Villa Voortman in Room 1

until 31.May.24
Villa Voortman

In May, Ghent-based meeting house Villa Voortman will be a guest in Room 1 of S.M.A.K as a space for dialogue and participation. The Voortmen will share their expertise in several activities.

Villa Voortman is a meeting house for individuals struggling with a dual diagnosis, often composed of psychosis sensitivity and addiction problems. This target group, better known as 'visitors', usually experience obstacles to their integration into society and often face stigmatisation. In response, we strive to destigmatise them through regularly organised extramural initiatives.

This time they are guests at S.M.A.K. Come to the philosophical café, or choose the visual thinking tour, the writing workshop, a guided tour or a letter project.
The aim is to foster the connection between Villa Voortman, the S.M.A.K. and the wider public in the pursuit of destigmatisation.
Practical info
  • Programme:
    • 3.May.24: 14:00 - 16:00 Philocafé with Pete Tomlinson
    • 9.May.24: 14:00 - 16:00 Slow Art with Joke Lootens
    • 16.May.24: 14:00 - 16:00 Writing workshop with Dirk Pauwels
    • 23.May.24: 14:00 - 16:00 Philocafé with Pete Tomlinson
    • 25.May.24: 14:00 - 16:00 Show moment
    • 31.May.24: 11:15 - 12:45 Guided tour with Katrien De Tremmerie
  • Book for one of the activities via
  • Take a look at their facebookpagina or on the chalkboard in the museum for the progress of the Voortman plans.
Villa Voortman 2

The artistic dimension is an integral part of Villa Voortman, with visitors expressing themselves in various art forms. While they already enjoy considerable recognition in the fields of music, literature and theatre, the discipline of visual arts remains somewhat underexposed.

Room 1 acts as the hub for dialogues. Villa Voortman invites not only S.M.A.K. staff and its museum visitors, but also anyone who wants to be inspired by the Voortmen. They are ready to share their expertise and organise a number of small-scale activities.

Room 1 will be gradually decorated. We will move the lived-in tables from Villa Voortman to the museum. Some tables have a rich history with the right patina; at these tables potatoes are peeled and meals are consumed, people philosophise and write, music is played, and sometimes they are spontaneously reshaped, just because they can. These tables underline the important social and connecting role played by Villa Voortman.

All activities
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