Gouvernement is a nomadic artistic platform grown out of the eponymous arts centre formerly based in Ghent. Focussed on supporting a diverse range of makers in their early stage trajectories, it emphasises cross-disciplinarity and cherishes a trial-and-error-approach. Regardless of where it operates from, by setting up broad collaborations Gouvernement aims to explore made-to-measure ways of artistic development and presentation.

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Night Shift

Night Shift is a nomadic project creating an artistic playground in an established art organisation or institution. Artists from different disciplines can present work in an informal setting and make collective use of the eclectic, public platform provided by Gouvernement and the partners involved. As actions and interventions succeed each other swiftly, they intertwine and interconnect with the building, the public and each other. 

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Nomadic Workspace for New Masters is a residency programme fully dedicated to the (individual) artists, their practice and their needs for development. With the artists as its principal compass, every residency is made according to the particular requirements expressed by the artists in order to offer them the appropriate support.


Located behind the open doors of the Ghent Opera building, REST serves as a public hideout amidst the city. A made-to-measure installation by Decoratelier outlines the area and invites you to have a seat, a chat or a view from different angles. As a brave relic of the cancelled Night Shift event by Gouvernement and Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, the structure now transfers the space to the public domain. In times of social isolation, REST aims to offer shelter and ways of safe encounter. When the doors are open, it belongs to everyone. In the upcoming months, this shared zone in a lost corner of a grand cultural institution, will unfold as an accessible platform for presentation, education and everything else in between.


Between city, port and hinterland, in the vicinity of the iconic Langerbrugge electricity plant, the layered location-project KONNEKTOR has its ground. KONNEKTOR started off with summer residencies in 2020. Various artists relied on the local history, the social fabric and the eclectic landscape ecology for their research and projects. Gradually KONNEKTOR manifests itself through a further participatory path of diverse presentations, interventions, publications and ateliers.

KONNEKTOR is an initiative by Gouvernement in collaboration with  OBRA|BAKEN, the municipality of Evergem, North Sea Port, Project group Gentse Kanaalzone, Light Festival Ghent, Arts platform PLAN B, Arts centre Vooruit and Comeet. As a supralocal cultural project, KONNEKTOR is funded by the Flemish government.

KONNEKTOR Instagram & Facebook


Nele Keukelier – general coordination 

David Dumont – project coordinator KONNEKTOR

Vincent Focquetproject coordinator Night Shift

Leontien Allemeerschproject associate KONNEKTOR



Bram Van Oostveldt, Klaartje Oerlemans, Kristof Blom, Simon Baetens, Elsemieke Scholte, Lise Thomas and Lies Vanborm


Gouvernement thoughtfully invests in meaningful collaborative projects and valuable partnerships, as every project has its specific needs. Besides our long-term partnership with Arts Centre Vooruit, Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, KASK and IOA (International Opera Academy) we collaborate on a temporary base with CAMPO, Beursschouwburg, De Studio, de t h e a t e r m a k e r, Decoratelier, NTGent, Kaap, Toneelhuis, Kaaitheater, Theaterfestival, TAZ, Larf!, Kopergietery, Kunsthal Gent, SKI, Mais Quelle Chanson, LUCA School of Arts…


In October 2017, Gouvernement published After the Midst, a multi-layered visual and textual interpretation of HOOGTIJ/laagtij, Gouvernement’s performance-festival on rituals of celebration. Order your copy –>

After the Midst (APE092)
Jelle Martens & Raimundas Malašauskas
17 x 24 cm, 160 p, ills colour, paperback, English
ISBN 9789490800703
design: Jelle Martens

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