Cultural life at school

Every year, the Academy and its residents organise a wide range of cultural events both inside and outside its walls. The Academy offers a rich cultural programme.

Cultural life programme


The Académie offers a programme of cultural activities that is renewed every year and punctuates the academic year. It is structured around 4 phases: Show, Meet, Exchange, Share.
It takes the form of exhibitions, workshops, study days, visits, prizes and invitations to guest speakers: artists, theoreticians and art professionals.

The Horta is the Academy's conference room. It is the venue for lectures, round tables, certain theory classes and performances. Screenings can also be organised here.

The DAM Galerie, the ArBAquarium and the cloister are the school's exhibition spaces, which host various projects throughout the year.

You can follow the Academy's cultural programme by consulting our diary, or by subscribing to our Newsletter.


Exhibition and prize-winners

Each year, at the start of the academic year, the ArBA organises an exhibition of the prize-winners, with the students nominated for the various prizes awarded each year.

This exhibition is dedicated to the presentation of awards to students from all disciplines.
In addition to the two City of Brussels prizes for the best averages, two specialised textile prizes are awarded by the MAD, and some 10 other prizes are awarded to support young designers.

There are the two Horlait-Dapsens grants, awarded collectively by the recipients. And a series of residency prizes, coupled with exhibition and/or acquisition projects, in Belgium and abroad, always carried out with structures that enable a professional project and in collaboration with both institutional and commercial partners.

Price list : 
Prix de la Ville de Bruxelles
Prix d'excellence de la Ville de Bruxelles
Prix Fondation Boghossian
Bourse Horlait-Dapsens
Prix Mad
Prix Roger de Conynck

Lauréat·e·s 2023
Prix Ville de Bruxelles : Nina Neuray
Prix Excellence de la Ville de Bruxelles : Parvin Saljoughi, Florence Buron, Marija Rinkeviciute, Félicie Sionneau, Nine Perris, Anna Kuch, Mao Wu, Emma Arnaud, Joséphine Bonnaire, Béatrice Borso, Jeanne Libeskind, Nathan Vandenberghe, Axelle Devaux, Émilien Neu, Pedro Riofrio
Prix MAD : Maëva Blanchard
Prix Horlait - Dapsens : Émilien Neu, Nina Neuray, Nine Perris, Shift Project (Axelle Devaux et Pierre-Clément Malet)
Prix Fondation Boghossian : Jules Playa-Arruego & Célestine de Williencourt et Emma Arnaud
Prix De Conynck : Virgilio Martini et Sophie-Marie Himmler-Gatscha
Prix SAFFCA : Shift Project (Axelle Devaux et Pierre-Clément Malet)

Avec les plus vives félicitations de la direction, de la curatrice de l’exposition Clémence Bellisson et de toute la communauté de l’Académie. 

Lauréat·e·s 2022
Prix Ville de Bruxelles : Louise Richard
Prix Excellence de la ville de Bruxelles : Gladys Bonnet, Estelle Blanco Garcia, Marius Martino, Louise Richard, Basile Richon et Astrid Vandercamere
Prix MAD : Louise Richard
Prix Tour à Plomb : Noé Stefano
Prix Horlait-Daspens : Emilie Orengo, Sophie Preumont, Richard Louise et Dimitri Autin
Prix Espronceda : Basile Richon et Estelle Garcia Blanco
Prix Fondation Boghossian : Quin Fengdan et Gladys Bonnet
Prix De Conynck 2022 (Fondation Roi Baudoin) : Daniel Zduniuk et Emilie Orengo

Avec les plus vives félicitations de la direction, de la curatrice de l’exposition Emilie Terlinden et de toute la communauté de l’Académie. 

Lauréat·e·s 2021
Prix Academia Belgica: Andréa De Bortoli
Prix de la Ville de Bruxelles: Emilie Salson
Prix d'Excellence de la Ville de Bruxelles: Willie Morlon, Josephine Wiel, Lydia Guez, Cathie Bagoris, Juliane Lusson, Julie Percillier, Andréa De Bortoli, Emilie Salson
Prix Fondation Boghossian: Margaux Lecoursonnois et Romain Couchard
Bourse Horlait-Dapsens: David Tobon et Willie Morlon
Prix Espronceda: Juliane Lusson et Alizée Loubet
Prix Mad: Céline Breton
Prix Roger de Conynck: Francesca Commune et Pascal Sgro
Prix Centre la Tour à Plomb: Edouard Jattiot et Mathilde Zigante

Avec les plus vives félicitations de la direction, de la curatrice de l’exposition Septembre Tiberghien et de toute la communauté de l’Académie. 

Lauréat·e·s 2020

Prix Academia Belgica: Pierre-Alexis Féron, Laura Tinard et Anna Mollière 
Prix de la Ville de Bruxelles: Pierre-Alexis Féron 
Prix d'Excellence de la Ville de Bruxelles: Mathilde Daix, Ida Ferrand, Camille Lemille, Honorine Pardon et Akiko Ueda 
Bourse Horlait-Dapsens: Margot Jourquin et Ida Ferrand
Prix Espronceda: Maria André, Akiko Ueda et Marina Amaral
Prix Mad: Noémie Le Meur et Antonella Valerio 
Prix Centre la Tour à Plomb: Lucie Pinier

Avec les plus vives félicitations de la direction, de la curatrice de l’exposition Pauline Hatzigeorgiou et de toute la communauté de l’Académie. 

🎧 ArBA-EsA · [The mirror & the lamp] Capsules Sonores
Capsules sonores réalisées à l'occasion de l'exposition des lauréat·e·s 2020 (The Mirror and the lamp)



Open doors

Every year, before the start of the enrolment period, the ArBA-EsA opens its doors to the public, to potential future students. These days are punctuated by information sessions and a range of activities.

▶︎ Discover the school and its cultural life.
▶︎ Meet the teachers and students.
▶︎ Find out all about enrolment and admission requirements.
▶︎ Wander through the workshops and the school's various spaces and platforms.
▶︎ Exhibitions inside and outside the school, Workshops, Presentations of work and research in progress, Student radio, Meetings, Exchanges...

All the workshops are open and you can meet and talk to students and teachers. 

End-of-year jury

During the juries, students' work and proposals are assessed by professionals from the world of art and design. These sessions are open to the public. They are often followed by exhibitions and presentations organised by the courses to showcase the work produced. The school publishes a programme of juries, vernissages and public presentations of Masters courses (for the general public).


The M2 students are the authors and protagonists of L.Y.F.E., an end-of-study project with a format yet to be invented. The spirit of L.Y.F.E. is to implement a rhizomic, non-hierarchical and decompartmentalised project for and by M2 students. L.Y.F.E. is a collective project on a 1/1 scale, with a format designed to showcase the students' creations, research and questions. It is a time for open celebration at the end of the year, after the juries.


Back-to-school conference

The back-to-school conference opens the academic year by giving an artist the opportunity to share his or her artistic approach, thoughts and working methods. The artist is invited to share with the school community his or her questions, inspirations and approach to artistic work, research and experimentation. This is a time to gain a better understanding of their artistic approach and gain a deeper insight into their work. 

Monthly conferences

Lectures open to the public: Thinking today.

A time for meeting and opening up to the school and the public, the monthly lectures give the floor to a guest from all fields of thought and/or practice in the arts and sciences on a chosen subject. These conferences are organised in partnership with other organisations (JAP, Ars Musica, etc.).

Meetings are also organised with students during the lectures when the lecturer is visiting (discussion time in the classroom, lunchtime round table, workshops, etc.).

Spazio duo

The Spazio Duo are invitations extended by a teacher from the school to an actor from the art world living in Belgium (artist or representative of a cultural institution). This is a discussion about a work of art or an artistic practice at work. The project aims to share, for the viewer, what the work produces and, for the creator, how the work is made.


The SHARE week

The Academy's cultural programme includes SHARE week at the end of January. This week of conferences and meetings is aimed at Master's students, but is also open to teachers at the school, and occasionally to the general public. It is a week of research and exchange. It's a time to explore an issue in depth by combining artistic and theoretical practices, from a perspective that's open to other fields (societal, economic, ecological, scientific, etc.).
Find out more about SHARE week conferences from previous years on our dedicated Vimeo channel.


Professional day

Each year, the school organises a professional day and a research day, providing an opportunity for students and guests to discuss issues together.

The Professional Day is aimed primarily at Master's students. It accompanies the Professional and Social Practice course by inviting personalities from outside the school who are active in different sectors of the art world.  It's an opportunity to reflect on and formalise the issues surrounding the post-school period and the entry into professional life of young artists and graduates of the school. 

Research day

Each year, the school organises a professional day and a research day, providing an opportunity for students and guests to discuss issues together.

Each year, the school organises a research day: a study day designed to reflect on and promote art research within the school and beyond, at national and international level. It is organised in collaboration with doctoral students, inviting individuals or groups of researchers, artists and art professionals.