PsycArt is a non-profit association dedicated to artists with a mental or social vulnerabilty to guide and support them in various ways so that they can present their creative work to a broad audience. PsycArt looks at the creative work nor merely as « creation itself ». It is a non-profit association that focuses on the meaning of artists to create in life by offering opportunities that lead to present their work in a qualitative and ethically correct manner.
Although the non-profit association PsycArt was founded recently (July 2013), the PsycArt project celebrates its twentieth birthday in 2018. Initially, this project set up by a pharmaceutical company specialised in psychiatry and neurology, consisted of organizing exhibitions for health care professionals working in mental health institutions.
Since 1998, the two main action areas of the project are as follows:
- Support to artists with a mental or social vulnerability through exhibitions and other creative projects, ensuring an ethical and secure environment around the sale and rental of their artworks
- Expertise in artistic management as to support exhibition projects in the sector of mental health care and social reintegration
An underlying goal remains the elimination of any stigma around artists with a vulnerability.
With the support of volunteers, following activities are now part of the daily operation:
- Organizing and coordinating exhibitions, debates and symposia (artistic management) through projects on location in Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia
- Organizing exhibitions, lecturers, debates and workshops for groups at the fully equipped location where PsycArt has its administrative seat (Schaerbeek)
- Managing the art library: rental and sale of the art collection of more than 400 works to individuals, businesses and other associations
So far, PsycArt is one of the few NPAs in charge of a socio-cultural project at (inter)national level, focusing the greatest part of its work on the three Belgian regions and the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg.
Over a period of almost 20 years, PsycArt has exhibited over 500 artists. The most part of the money raised from sales has been returned to the participating institutions and the artists themselves.
The success and reputation of PsycArt has grown steadily over the years, extending well beyond the medical environment. In particular the project has on several occasions won Prométhéa’s Caïus awards, which it won twice in 1999 and 2012, and for which it received a special mention in 2003.