AAW Walks

If you would like to start your Antwerp Art Weekend with some thematic guidance, consult our unguided walks to get you started.

We have selected some locations throughout the city that focus on societal themes or highlight young talents, or are of special interest to kids, history and architecture buffs to get you on your way! 

Each walk takes you to different neighborhoods within the city, which allows you to discover the Antwerp Art Weekend at your own pace. Visit other spaces that might be on your way, or finish the walk later, the choice is yours.

For every walk, there is a separate map available online. Download them by clicking on the link in every description, bring it on your phone while you’re walking around, or print it at home, just be mindful of the environment. 

Discover the Antwerp Art Weekend with your little ones. In these selected spaces, they experience contemporary art through playful exhibitions that spark their curiosity, and affirm that art is indeed all fun and games. All the spaces in this selection are in close proximity to playgrounds or parks, where you can pause, picnic, or stop for ice cream in between visits!

Tim Van Laere Gallery, Gallery Sofie Van de Velde, NICC, FRED&FERRY, Het Bos, Middelheimmuseum / Kunst in de Stad, Frans Masereel Centrum at TRIX, Lichtekooi

Download the AAW for Kids map here.

The city of Antwerp is widely known for its rich cultural heritage. From Gothic and Renaissance periods to contemporary designs, our cityscape showcases an inspiring blend of old and new. This diversity in historical architecture is also reflected in the program of the Antwerp Art Weekend. Discover a selection of initiatives in historically unique contexts, or spaces that recontextualize historical themes and our Antwerp heritage.

Tussen Twee Wallen, De Zwarte Panter, Gallery FIFTY ONE, Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, De Kamers van Zé, Callewaert Vanlangendonck Gallery, Galerie TRANSIT/CAPS

Download the AAW History Now map here.

Contemporary art is the mirror we hold up to our society, where we visualize our woes and dive into the signs of our times, making a record of what moves us collectively. The exhibitions and events in this selection directly respond to, reflect on, or address societal issues, political themes, or carry a social urgency, all through different forms of art. 

LLS Paleis, Kunsthal Extra City, MORPHO, Pedrami Gallery, C A S S T L, M HKA, FOMU Photo Museum, Zeno X Gallery 

Download the AAW, What's on our Minds map here.

Every Antwerp Art Weekend, we present an OFF program that spotlights temporary exhibitions and initiatives by artists, galleries, and institutions that are not regular Antwerp Art members, highlighting Antwerp's vibrant art scene that is forever in flux. It’s now or never to see them, because these exhibitions are only open during the Antwerp Art Weekend!

/THE PLATFORM, Archipel, Ballroom Projects, De Kamers van Zé, DE SINGEL, Kunst in Huis, Red Herring Salon, Scala Trun, SECONDroom, Tussen Twee Wallen

Download the AAW OFF program map here.

Let’s face it, the people of Antwerp have great taste. Even if every street feels like a patchwork quilt, around every corner elements of architectural interest can be found. The Antwerp Art Weekend program is stacked with interesting exhibitions, but sometimes the buildings that house them merit equal attention. Included in this selection are spaces that, besides hosting excellent exhibitions, stand out for their architectural qualities. 

KMSKA, Tim van Laere Gallery, ZEIT, DE SINGEL, valerie_traan gallery, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, TICK TACK, MoMu - Fashion Museum Antwerp, Newchild

Download the AAW Architecture map here.

Antwerp has long been an incubator for young artists. Nestled between art centers Paris, Cologne, and London, Antwerp is a center of its own kind. One where young artists get free range, with ample space to develop their practices. Discover the work of recent graduates and students through visiting this selection of spaces, going from galleries to our renowned art schools, and discover our talents of tomorrow. 

Archipel, Sint Lucas Antwerp, Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, /THE PLATFORM, de wael 15, DMW Gallery, Galerie Geukens & De Vil, Kunst in Huis

Download the AAW Talents of Tomorrow map here.