Young people, politicians and artists spent a year collaborating on issues related to the future of our European societies and the result is quite spectacular! BOZAR is amassing their ideas, stories and dreams in this exhibition in the form of (video) installations, performances, photo series, films etc.

You will discover the creative thinking and handiwork of hundreds of young people, from schools and youth groups that have been working throughout the school year on their projects. For this 2019-2020 edition of Next Generation, Please! the participants worked in close collaboration with young people from all around Europe on the themes of climate change, gender, identity, intergenerational dialogue and democracy. 

Participating projects

WIELS partners up with artist Anouchka Oler and year 6 students from the Institut Saint-Louis. At the heart of their project are the stories of European women who have uniquely shaped the hidden European heritage. They are also assisted by an expert who helps them to explore the subjects of media, power and perception. Throughout the process they will also be in dialogue with the Jana Nerudy bilingual grammar school in Prague. 

About 30 youngsters, volunteers and artists, from all kinds of backgrounds and interests, meet every Wednesday for ‘Boslabs', the creative atelier of art centre Het Bos. This year they work together on ‘The Value Of Things’, a creative project around the collection of objects that the philosopher-collector Jaap Kruithof put together. Boslabs' moderators Fleur de Roeck, Karen Spiessens and Younes Oubella curate the process and artist Nico Dockx assist with his expertise. Ultimately the results of the research process will be brought together into one multidisciplinary installation.

Gang des Vieux en Colère is a citizens’ movement that fights for the rights of the older generation and wants to ensure a dignified future for the next generation. Together with a group of young people they work on the clichés and stereotypes that younger and older people have of each other. The aim is to initiate a dialogue across the generations. The artists are Paul Vercheval, Christian Carez, Pierre Moreau, Alain De Borger, Michel Huisman and Paul Lhoir. The Age Platform Europe guides them in their critical reflection.    

Collège Saint Michel joins forces with the multidisciplinary artist Oranne Mounition. With the year 5 class they will be looking at the theme of climate change and our ecological footprints. What influence do our daily actions have on nature? Expert Eric Corijn and politician Zoe Génot are on hand and the European point of view comes from the college Santa Maria Del Pilar in Madrid.

Marie Kakogianni and Laurence Vielle accompany the year 7 students from the Institut Sainte Marie to reflect on POP SHOPS, inspired by the work of Keith Haring. What do the young people of today fight for? A weeklong residency in BOZAR immerses them in the fascinating world of artivism.  

In the framework of the European documentary GEN Z: searching for beauty, Salvatore Calcagno and Antoine Neufmars will meet young people to explore the reality of Generation Z, i.e. people born after 1995. They work with professional students in their 7th year from the Institut des Filles de Marie and their teacher Stéphanie Laurent to create a space that incorporates their dreams, questions and reflections. GEN Z: searching for beauty celebrates the energy, new languages and artistic expressions of this generation.

BOZAR brings high school students of Ålands Folkhögskola​​​​​​​in Finland together with year 5 and 6 Free Visual Arts students at the GO! Atheneum Anderlecht. The two groups work with artist Paul Bradley and Zinaïda Tchelidze on the themes of climate change and sustainability. On two immersive exchanges in January and May the students will also get the chance to travel and meet each other, gathering inspiration for their artwork.

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    Have you always dreamed of exhibiting in a museum but never had the opportunity? Are you aged between 12 and 100, and would you like to take part in a group exhibition? Are you someone with a special talent for the visual arts and, for whatever reason, find it difficult to find your way to the art academies or to the professional circuit?

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    Call for Projects: Next Generation, Please! ’20-’21

    Artists, schools, associations and youth groups, this call is for you! Do you want to create or develop an artistic project that encourages reflection on the social challenges of contemporary society? With Next Generation, Please!, your project could benefit from unprecedented visibility in a major cultural institution and support for artistic creation up to €5500. Get started and submit your application before 8 September 2020.

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