21/03/2020 – 01/01/2026

The Serving Library

From spring 2020 onwards, The Serving Library will be indefinitely installed at 019. The annex pictured on the right is currently being prepared to accommodate The Serving Library’s collection of objects, which, will then serve as the backdrop for some seminar-based teaching usually geared towards students of art, design, and writing (see below). Any schools or groups interested in participating should write to info@019-ghent.org


As well as staging irregular exhibitions of its collection, The Serving Library also operates as a satellite seminar room, conducting tailored classes for university-level art, design and writing students.

Our ongoing programs invoke particularly artistic points of view on a broad spectrum of subjects — the humanities, including art, design, writing, philosophy, and literature; as well as more literary renditions of mathematical and scientific ideas — according with the most recent and upcoming issues. Semester-long themes have included Time, Typography, Psychedelia, Numbers, Color, and Perspective, among others. Typically, a selection of bulletins are assigned for reading and class discussion, with selections from the backdrop of artifacts on the walls often entering into play as unusually telling and instructive counterpoints to the written materials.

As liberal education suffers the effects of relentless corporatization and sterilization, The Serving Library offers a space for teaching in which the environment itself is conducive to thinking and doing. Such programs are arranged according to each visiting group’s specific interests and logistical considerations, from intensive week-long or multi-week courses and workshops for groups traveling from outside Ghent, to single, day-long seminar meetings for groups who can more easily access The Serving Library from within Belgium, to persistent, periodic attendance for local university groups.

Inquiries and proposals for future collaborations are most welcome. To discuss possibilities, contact stuart@servinglibrary.org or 019.

Current and recent institutional collaborations:

Kingston University
Liverpool John Moores University
University of Liverpool
University of Leeds
Royal College of Art, London
St. Martins School of Art, London
Raumlaborberlin, Dusseldorf
Academy of Fine Arts, Nuremberg
The University of Reading
Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam
Dusseldorf Art Academy
University of Art and Design, Geneva
The Banff Centre, Banff