type of activity: cultural & training centre
who: Recyclart is a non-profit organisation founded in the context of the Urban Pilot Project Recyclart. The project aimed at transforming the site of the Brussels train station Chapelle-Kapellekerk and its surroundings - which had developed into a neglected waste area - into a lively new quarter by means of cultural and socio-economic activities.
what: Recyclart currently functions as an artistic laboratory, a creative centre for cultural confrontation, an actor in the municipal public arena, a training centre and a place for meeting and experimentation. It is a single broad entity, consisting of various parts with the Chapelle-Kapellekerk station as epicentre. Located on the north-south train axis between Brussels Central and Brussels South, it links the metropolitan centre with the common living quarters of the inner city.
The station rooms have been converted into a unified whole of multifunctional areas that house a wide range of artworks, labs and festivals, a cafť-restaurant, technical and artistic studios and administration. The railway bridges function as an urban open-air gallery. The station square is home to loungers and skateboarders, a summer terrace cafť, and open-air events.
how: Recyclart finds its inspiration in Brussels fascinating daily reality, in its varied cultures and communities. It has developed into a way station with a wide range of switches and destinations: Recyclart is a locomotive for renewal that isnít stuck to proven success formulas; a generator that radiates positive energy from a tough part of town to the surrounding city; a laboratory where the mix of various ingredients often leads to fascinating reactions; an amplifier where people of differing wavelengths get togetherÖ
activities: Recyclart offers activities that challenge traditional limits - linking people, different media, expressions and sectors - and cuts across the standard box mentality, seeking a balance between artistic, social and urban aspects.
- artistic programming: they offer a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities characterised for being flexible, probing, open, up-to-date and inquisitive. Disciplines and the public often find themselves in a refreshing confrontation.
- urban reflection and art in the public arena: the station is both an area for reflection on the urban phenomenon and a hub for generating artistic intervention in the public arena. These offer new impulses in a social perspective for particular areas in the city.
- training and employment: by means of their posting system, they offer training and employment programmes for the poorly educated long-term unemployed. This is achieved through three technical teams ('renovation', 'woodwork', 'metal work') and a catering team.