C A S S T L is the understated project space run by artists Carla Arocha, Stéphane Schraenen and Luc Tuymans in the rapidly evolving docklands of Antwerp, just north of the historic port and old city centre. And when the initiators and custodians of a project are of this calibre, you can, indeed, expect something special. This is an artist-run project actually in a position to take things back to art for art sake and play its part in supporting the local artist community in these difficult times for culture. Needless to say it pulls off both with an effortless aplomb.
Located in a quiet street-front space, the consummate exhibitions and projects here are only part of the picture. One of the things that C A S S T L does that is arguably even more important than exhibitions in its space is to give Antwerp artists—young, old and frankly unexpected—a platform and the resources to create new work and editions within the broader context of its eclectic programme of international work.
So, if you’re looking for impressive editions that are the result of an invitation process of cruelly exacting standards by those who actually understand the diverse practices of making art, look no further. Despite the busy professional schedules of Arocha + Schraenen and Luc Tuymans, C A S S T L has lost no time in whipping up one of the strongest catalogues of editions available by contemporary artists working in Belgium today.