02 06 2019

ISSA Belgium: Waregem Sculpture Symposium

VSTB Waregem Sculpture Symposium was held from May 6 to May 26 in the municipality of Waregem, west of Belgium. Waregem is located in the province of West Flanders; it lies in the valley of the Leie River, with a palpation of less than 40,000 and the total area of about 44 square kilometers.

It was the first time Waregem had hosted a sculpture symposium. Works created for the symposium will remain in the public space as part of a sculpture park in the future. They will be fully integrated into Waregem’s cityscape as well as its culture.

The symposium invited six artists, they each come from Turkey, Romania, Italy, Cuba, South Korea, and Taiwan. The chairman of the symposium is the renowned New Zealand sculptor of Belgian descent, Renate Verbrugge, who also originated the Te Kupenga symposium in New Zealand. Verbrugge became an associate of ISSA in 2016, and the Waregem Sculpture Symposium would be the 85 official member of ISSA.