Piet Vandenhende and his portrait of Leuven Mayor Ridouani
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Gallery for homeless artists in recycle shop

The ‘kringwinkel’ ViTeS or ViTeS recycle shop in the Diestsestraat in Leuven is opening a new department dedicated to works of art produced by homeless artists.  In recent weeks twelve homeless artists have been at work creating stock.

Piet Vandenhende, an artist and former homeless person, was joined by art students when he toured Leuven to give workshops for the homeless. The project was also on the look-out for an inside location and has now partnered up with the recycle shop.

“The shop didn’t have the space to organise workshops, but they came up with the idea of creating a shop in shop where homeless artists could sell their wares” Lalynn Wadera, alderman for social economy explained.

The ViTeS recycle shop that itself is the product of an organisation for the homeless is enthusiastic: “Starting today we are welcoming artists to our Boutique Chique.  We’ve freed up 100 square metres of mezzanine, where we can sell works of art from twelve artists” notes Ingrid De Roo.

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