Back to Normal – a collaborative and international exhibition and network event in The Hague


From 1 July 2022 Alternative Art Guide proudly presents Back to Normal — a collaborative and international exhibition + network event initiated by Alternative Art Guide and Artist-Run Network Europe (ARNE), in which LIAA is participating as a partner. Between 1–24 July three group exhibitions will take place in the centre of The Hague, at Quartair, Trixie and Billytown.

This project is loosely based on the idea of normality after the pandemic, and now also challenged by the war in Ukraine. Is an artist-run space only a presentation and production hub, or do we need to reconceive what we are doing? Do we have to stop at our pace more regularly and engage in self-reflection? And, should we not rather move forward than to go back to the normal?

Alternative Art Guide invited four artist-run spaces from The Hague to join this project: Hgtomi Rosa, Quartair, Trixie and Billytown. Each of them pairs up with one artist-run space from Europe and one from outside of Europe, to form a collective of sorts and present 24 invited artists from all 12 spaces.

Exhibition: 1–24 July
Opening hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 13:00–18:00
(Billytown also opens on Thursdays, 13:00–18:00)



Trixie: Scheldestraat 1-11
Billytown: Helena van Doeverenplantsoen 3
Quartair: Toussaintkade 55


1 July (Fri) 19:00
Opening: collective walk tour route: Trixie – Billytown – Quartair
2 July (Sat) Billytown 14:00–18:00
Interview, performance, survey meeting and network meeting*
3 July (Sun) Trixie 13:30 / Quartair 15:00 / Billytown 16:30
Informal talks by artists

* Programme 2 July (Sat):
Interview: Curator, producer and writer Sasha Dees will be interviewed on her recently published book Entangled Species, conversations on contemporary art in the Caribbean. This book showcases the depth and variety of artists and art communities of the Caribbean. Sasha will be interviewed by Angela Bartholomew, an assistant professor of modern and contemporary art history, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. One of her questions will be: how is the artist-run space run in such a vast but fragmented region?
Performance: The interview will be followed by a public participatory workout session by artist Kexin Hao. Survey meeting: At 15:30 there will be an experimental survey meeting with roundtable talks on self-reflection in the artist-run sector. Is there enough self-reflection in your organization? The survey meeting will be followed by round table talks and an informal network meeting with drinks and bites after that. Bring your business cards, get to know everybody, be better networked!

Artist-Run Network Europe are:

Candyland, Stockholm, Sweden

Ormston House, Limerick, Ireland

Lietuvos tarpdisciplininio meno kūrėjų sąjunga/ The Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association, Vilnius, Lithuania

TOP – Association for the Promotion of Cultural Practice, Berlin, Germany

KRÆ syndikatet / the Syndicate of Creatures, Copenhagen, Denmark

alternative art guide, den Haag, Netherlands

Totaldobže/ Totaldobre Art Centre, Riga, Latvia


In association with

Artist-Run Alliance at @Alfred Institute for Art and Culture

Aarhus Billedkunstcenter / Aarhus Center for Visual Art & Juxtapose Art Fair

Fine Art and Department of Visual Arts at Konstfack

Supermarket – Stockholm Independent Art Fair


ARNE is supported by Creative Europe