Amateur arts
Country of origin
Belgium (Flanders)
Grammatical variants 
Non-formal education
Brief description 

Associations and individuals who exert unpaid productive artistic practices

Equivalents in other countries 
Full description 

The Flemish cultural policy uses a broad concept of amateur arts. It includes non-profit associations as well as individual artists who develop a productive artistic practice.

Individual amateur artists engage in the arts without making a living from it.

There are more than 1.5 million amateur artists in Flanders. Half of them practise art within an association, club or band. The other half work on an individual basis or with friends.

The Flemish government recognizes and supports  a 'national amateur arts organisation' within each art discipline or sub-discipline. These organisations provide support for more than 10.000 associations, clubs or bands and 200.000 individual artists.

These 9 amateur arts organisations are funded (in 2011) on the basis of a 5 year policy plan:

Organisation Discipline
Vlamo instrumental music
KUNSTWERK[t] visual arts
Danspunt dance
Poppunt pop music & DJ's
Centrum voor Beeldexpressie photography, film and multimedia
Creatief Schrijven writing
Koor&Stem vocal music
Muziekmozaïek folk & jazz music
OPENDOEK theatre

Some bigger cities in Flanders also have a specific centre that supports amateur arts.

Forum voor Amateurkunsten is an overarching support centre and advocacy organization for the amateur arts in Flanders. The Forum undertakes supporting activities for the amateur arts sector and acts as an intermediary between the sector and the Flemish government.


Type of education
Non formal