Founded in 1971, the iselp – higher institute for the study of the language of the plastic arts – is a place where contemporary art is approached from various, mutually enriching points of view. This plurality is what makes it different: the monstration, discussion, research, mediation and publishing activities take into account the great wealth of the current art scene. The iselp puts on several exhibitions each year (one-man exhibitions by national and international artists, group or themed exhibitions), which follow the topical relevance of contemporary creative work by giving priority to young Belgian artists. At the same time, the institute is developing an artists’ residency programme that focuses on research, innovation and exchange. The iselp encourages critical debate on contemporary art by offering conferences, screenings, symposiums, meetings, readings, guided tours, cultural trips and educational activities.