24-06-07

Save the 'Zeemanshuis', Antwerp

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Sometimes decisions of cities' governments are just unbelievable and not to understand for a cities' inhabitants.
This time it is neither to understand for esthetical reasons nor it is for social reasons. The 'Zeemanshuis' was originally build as refuge and accomodation for seafarers and is still in use for all kind of people who search an anchor in Antwerp (workers, seamen, tourists, truckers), who are not able to pay for expensive hotels. Moreover it hosts some important social institutions.
After having invested more than 3 million Euro for the renovation of the building (it is in an excellent state now), the city of Antwerp will knock it down, because.... ??? ... the reason is not really clear... because it is situated diagonal to the streets? ...

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The local action group did not get the answers on their simple questions...

Now they want to start legal proceedings. 38 artists help to collect the financial means by giving an artwork for auction.
This is the point where YOU can help!
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Today the opening of the exhibition 'Zeemanshuis' took place in Galerie Annette De Keyser. You still can visit the exhibition this week from Monday through Wednesday

Galerie Annette De Keyser, Generaal Belliardstraat 19, 2000 Antwerpen
4.00 - 8.00 pm

AUCTION:
Wednesday, 27 june, 8.30 pm
in the 'Internationaal Zeemanshuis' ('grote zaal')
Fallconrui 21, 2000 Antwerpen

You can also suppot the action group by signing their petition on: http://www.redhetzeemanshuis.be

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participating artists:
Carla Arocha, Fred Bervoets, Guillaume Bijl, Dirk Boumans, Wim Catrysse, Vaast Colson, Anton Cotteleer, Cel Crabeels, Godewijn Daled, Bert Danckaert, Wouter Feyaerts, Kris Fierens, Nils Geylen, Vincent Geyskens, Joris Ghekiere, Geert Goiris, Hildegard Hanssen, Kati Heck, Peiter Huybrechts, Marco Jacobs, Jan Kempenaers, Ria Pacquée, Perry Roberts, Guy Rombouts, Ingrid Schildermans, Tommy Simoens, Boy-Eric Stappaerts, Jelle Spruyt, Marc Steculorum, Walter Swennen, Luc Tuymans, Dennis Tyfus, Guy Van Bossche, Steve Van Den Bosch, Kris Van Hechel Vanessa Van Obberghen, Pieter Vermeersch, Andy Wauman

here you find the opinions of participating artists: www.youtube.com/zeemanshuis

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