Publiek Park by Young Friends of S.M.A.K.

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During four days, the Young Friends of S.M.A.K. take over Citadelpark.

Publiek Park is an open air exhibition organised by the Young Friends v/h S.M.A.K., approaching the landscape park as a total installation and the exhibition as a promenade.

The open-air exhibition ties together social, historical and cultural narratives in the form of a walk along various works of art to reflect and expand the experience of the Citadel Park as an urban and natural space.

The artistic interventions are spread throughout the landscape park and interact with public and hidden places in the park such as the rose garden, the music kiosk, the casemates and the magical aquarium grotto, among others.

During the exhibition, a public programme is organised consisting of performances, guided tours, a symposium, a concert series by music label KRAAK and a film programme by Art Cinema OFFoff. In addition, the Young Friends v/h S.M.A.K. will publish an extensive walking guide with a focus on the artistic practices, the historical locations and the storylines embedded in the Citadel Park.

Young Friends is the youth work of the Friends of S.M.A.K. Publiek Park is curated by Jef Declercq, Anna Laganovska, Koi Persyn & Adriënne van der Werf and is an initiative of the Young Friends v/h S.M.A.K. in collaboration with S.M.A.K., MSK, GUM, 019, KRAAK, Monterey, Art Cinema OFFoff, BLANCO, Kunstencentrum Voo?uit and Ensemble. This project is supported by the Province of East Flanders, the City of Ghent, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and SIGN Groningen.

Practical Information

For a complete overview of the public programme, click here.

Book your tickets for the exhibition here.


  • Book your tickets here for the concert series on Friday 2 July (18:00 - 21:00) by music label KRAAK. With Lukas De Clerck aka Bloedneus & de Snuitkever, Venediktos Tempelboom & Mentos Gulgendo.
  • Reserve tickets here for the film programme on Saturday 3 July (22:30 - 23:30) by Art Cinema OFFoff. With Shirley Clarke, Joseph Cornell & Rudy Burckhardt, Maya Deren & Kenneth Anger.
  • Reserve tickets here for the performance on Sunday 4 July (21:30 - 22:00) by Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe. With Sophia Rodriguez, Micha Goldberg, Simon van Schuylenbergh, Rosie Sommers, Hanako Hayakawa, Nathan Ooms, Anna F. Jäger, Eurudike de Beul. Supported by Voo?uit.


  • At PUBLIEK PARK by curators, every day between 14:00 and 16:00. Book here (10 euro / free for Friends v/h S.M.A.K.)
  • In PUBLIEK PARK by guides from MSK between 14:00 and 16:00:


Participating artists

Kristaps Ancāns, Ines Claus, Marc Cosyns, Koba De Meutter, Marcin Dudek, Helen Anna Flanagan, Mark Grootes, Polina Kanis, Gaëlle Leenhardt, Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe, Quenton Miller, Mountaincutters, Anthony Ngoya, Shalva Nikvashvili, Jacopo Pagin, Laure Prouvost, Clara Spilliaert, Nina-Joy Thielemans, Evita Vasiļjeva & Xuan-Lin Wang

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