Historically, the International Cultural Centre (ICC) was the first official institution of contemporary art in Flanders. In the seventies and early eighties, the organisation contributed greatly to the spread and encouragement of Belgian and foreign avant-garde art. Now based in Brussels, NICC intends to create spaces for interaction between visual artists, institutions and society. NICC plays an active role in supporting and creating professional visual artists. Its objective is to operate as a first point of contact and spokesperson for artists in the visual arts, by endeavouring to help develop their practical experience in a professional and autonomous way within a quality social environment.