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WARP Expo PLUSSING – in situ installation Charbon de Beringen

At WARP in Sint-Niklaas ( ) they love to challenge artists. For the group exhibition PLUSSING, they came up with a major challenge for me personally. Would I like to ‘come and do something’ on the walls, at their location? Make an in situ work? They asked to visualize my working method and artistic research alongside my coal paintings.

For the past 2 weeks I’ve been living with them (they have a nice studio for Artist Residencies), and my inspiration and installation grew day by day. In the pictures below you can see the start of the first day. I’ll finish it this week.

I would like to invite you to come and discover this installation.
The official opening is Saturday 13 January at 2 pm.
Please send an email to, or to me, if you can be present at that time.

The expo is open every weekend from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. until 11 September.
There is an extensive program of activities with summer bar, concerts, artist talks, … that you can discover on



Expo Charbon de Beringen in Hoogstraten

Galerie Expo 38

From 20 to 29 May I will exhibit my paintings in the small but beautiful Gallery Expo 38 in the Begijnhof van Hoogstraten. I will have to leave my really large works at home, but for many people a painting of 100 x 120 cm is also really big, and I’ll show a few new ones. Welcome!

You can visit the expo:
Friday 20 May: 4 to 8 pm
Saturday 21, Sunday 22 May: 1 to 6 pm
Friday 27, Saturday 28, Sunday 29 May: 1 to 6 pm

Gallery Expo 38 is located at no. 38 of the Hoogstraten Beguinage.

‘Galerie Expo 38’ – Begijnhof 38 – 2320 Hoogstraten


Charbon de Beringen: the exhibition is open!

Opening tentoonstelling Charbon de Beringen

To be honest: the exhibition is open since more then a week, but I’m a bit late with my report. Maybe it’s still a habit of my Artist Residency latergrams ;-). No, seriously: It was a hell of a job, and I needed a break. It was lots of work, and I was full of nerves, despite all the preparations… but it was all worth it, once the people came in :-). I’m really happy with the amount of visitors, and with their comments. The reactions were more than heart-warming. I’m one happy lady now :).

An Vanderlinden op opening tentoonstelling Charbon de Beringen
foto: Lambert Reynders

For now I’m only showing some photos of the opening. Photos of the exhibition itself? Well, come and see it for yourself :). You cannot a capture the effect of coalpaint on a computer or cell phone screen. You have to see it for yourself. Welcome!

opening expo Charbon de Beringen 11 februari 2019
Opening tentoonstelling Charbon de Beringen, Casino Beringen
Opening tentoonstelling Charbon de Beringen

(Pictures are small on purpose, for reasons of privacy. Do you recognize yourself and you don’t like it? Drop me a line, I’ll remove the pic.)

An Vanderlinden
Charbon de Beringen

feb 11 feb – march 3, 2019
CC Beringen, Kioskplein 25, B-3582 Beringen
Open: every day 14 – 17h
Closed on friday and saturday


PS: Yeah I know, I still have to finish my Artist Residency Report…


About black magic, and testing COAT: Artist Residency week 14

July 2, mo

Added the first black magic today ;-)

AnV painting CDB5 in progress 2018/07/02

July 3, tue

… and added some more of my very black coalpaint

AnV painting CDB5 in progress 2018/07/03

July 4, wed

“COAT” arrived today, a new product of Stuart Semple, said to be the mattest coating possible. Since Black 2.0 isn’t “bullet proof” (read : is comes off when you rub over it with a cloth, even a dry one ), I was hoping this would be the solution. I do make my coalpaint bullet proof, and therefore I didn’t use the blackest version of my coalpaint until now in my paintings, because I only wanted to use real durable paint. I hoped this product would be a plus. But no :-( it adds gloss to black 2.0, so my blackest coalpaint wont be protected either. I’m dissapointed.

Late in the evening, Stuart posted a video to say COAT isn’t matte enough to protect black 2, he forgot to mention that … yeah, so I noticed… too late. I’ll use this product for other things.
BUT I do think I really had the coolest place ever to test this product. test of Culture Hustles product COAT during Arist Residency in former coalmine 2018/07/04 tests Culture Hustles product COAT during Arist Residency 2018/07/04


July 6, fri

Sometimes you have to take a distance… and you discover you’re in the middle of a crossroad.

standing on a crossroad ...

July 7, sa

About yesterday… for those who wonder: that photo was taken from the stairs of the framehead behind me. That was completely safe, it was even under supervision :).

backsite large canvas in former coalpreparationhall

July 8, su

In meanwhile, I’ve added some more very black coalpaint…

CDB5 in progress 2018/07/08

Round up Artist Residency week 14

This week I added the mysterious darkness of the coal washing plant. Everything is still evolving as desired :)


Studio pet, expo and black paint: Artist Residency week 9

May 28, mo

Look, here’s one of my studio pets ;-)

Last inspection of the day, before going home.
I think my door is OK now.

May 29, tue ( #latergram )

Today I have to install my ceramic work in De Kantfabriek in Ninove for an expo, so no old coal-, but an old lace factory today. My ceramic work is about Saint Barbara, the miners patron saint. So I do have some coal with me 😊.

May 31, thu

I ordered, again, another kind of acrylic binder. I just can’t resist any binder. It was delivered this morning, so enjoyed myself today by testing it. The results are awesome! As black as my previous blackest black paint (which is absolutely not the same as the blackest black, for the record ;-)), but with much less effort. Me like, a lot! :-)

Black coal paint developed by An Vanderlinden

June 1, fri

The crossing roads that I see in here everywhere, have found their way in to my painting today.

June 3, su

I was too obsessed with the stairs in my head. There just must and will be a stairway, but I did not get the shape and the place of it right. So I came to work on Sunday. I kept drawing and wiping again until I finally managed to get him in place. I painted it very lighty now, so tomorrow I can glue coal on it.


Every ending is a new beginning: Artist Residency week 8

May 20, su

After a lot of ‘final’ touches, my first real large painting is ready. A new blank canvas is waiting to be touched…

Canvasses AnV

May 21, mo

This little perfectionist wasn’t completely satisfied this morning, so I did again some final touches. BUT I also started the under layer of my next canvas 😊. I’m still in doubt where I am going to paint it.

AnV working on the last details of her painting CDB3 in be-MINE
termporary workspace visual artist An Vanderlinden

May 22, tue

Today I’ve been walking around a lot in this building, with a sketch book in my hand. Trying to decide what will be my next painting, and, also very important, where I’m going to make it. Staying where I am right now is the easiest and most comfortable thing to do. But I am not here to take the easy road.
So from tomorrow on, I’ll be painting on the other side of the headframe. The underlayer on my canvas is ready. I am ready to move. Onwards!

May 23, wed

Tadaaa, here I am, on my new location. The other side of the elevator.

An Vanderlinden painting at location in be-MINE Beringen

May 24, thu

Look how magnificent this place is! I sooooo love this building. It’s such a privilege to be here.

May 24, thu

Sometimes you just have to sit back… and think about the next steps to take.

May 25, fri

Just another day at the office ;-) #artistlife

May 25, fri

What do you do when you need 3 hands but only have 2? This is my solution.
Every time my hairdresser asks how much he can cut off my hair, I answer that I still have to make a ponytail. Now you know why.

May 26, sa

This painting, Charbon de Beringen 4, is going well. But I still haven’t finished the second painting I started here. Today I tried again to finish it…. But I’m still not satisfied.

cdb4 2018-05-25 Anv


Finally everything goes according to plan: Artist Residency week 6

May 6, su

I’ve been looking at this sign for a while. As you can see the arrow goes up, but the text says “go down to the underground” Funny

bord met pijl naar de ondergrond

May 8, tue

Behind me there’s this window. It closes the gap where there used to be a bridge to the other side (photo2).
The other side, that’s coal washery plant 4. It’s going to be renovated, if I’m informed well. The bridge itself will also come back to life, in the new mining museum be-MINE PIT. I am already very curious how that will be.

Now you can see where the window is located. I’m feeling small again in all this space around me

May 9, wed

As an independent I have no income at this moment. I was hoping to receive subsidy for what I’m doing here, but I got the news today that my request was denied. I’m disappointed, not only for the lack of money, also for the lack of trust. It wasn’t a very productive day. I started doubting about myself again. Sometimes life is a bitch.

schilderij An Vanderlinden in opbouw

May 10, thu

Let’s protect the world upstairs :) It’s time to add more structure.

May 11, fri

This was a good day. A very good day. For once it was quiet, the construction workers are not here today because of the national holiday (Ascension Day). The sun was shining, and I worked well. And fast. But not as fast as in this video :-D. Now that I see myself in x16 speed, I finally understand why my neck hurts :).

May 12, sa

Layer by layer it’s getting darker. Just how I like it :)

ANV schilderij in opbouw cdb3 2018-05-11 13u be-mine


Roundup Artist Residency week 6

Everything (except the finances) went well this week. Happy!

AnV background image