Visual arts and creative writing residencies

Open call 2021 for a research residency to visual arts and creative writing

You are a visual artist, author, poet, videographer, performer, living outside Belgium and you wish to experiment in your research and share it in an inspiring house, with modernist architecture from the 20s, send us your project! The Fondation Thalie provides a writing workspace with the opportunity for a public presentation within the programme in…


Public presentation of Editions Ishtar

On the occasion of the Equinoxe(s) evening of poetic readings, the Fondation Thalie is pleased to announce the launching of Editions Ishtar.

As a prelude to the readings carried by the voices of our guests, the Fondation Thalie will open its doors on Sep- tember 19 from 7 p.m. to present several publications published by Editions Ishtar: Le premier jour de l’étincelle (Nathalie Guiot), Traversée (Œuvre collective) and Equinoxes (Œuvre collective).

Created at the end of the lockdown in Spring 2020 by Nathalie Guiot, Editions Ishtar is inspired by the eponymous goddess of love and war, and publishes contemporary poetry and organizes readings as well as poetic performances.


Collection of poems from Nathalie Guiot

During spring 2020, Nathalie Guiot creates a community of poets, an Ishtar publishing house and this first collection of poems that she will disperse in the wind.

The rooms of this house that the new poetess wishes to offer to the world could bear the titles of her poems: la chambre d’art,Verticale ; la chambre de littérature féminine, Rise and Shine ; la chambre poétique, Renaissance ; la chambre des voyages, Nos Pas ; la chambre de création, Précipice ; la chambre d’amour, Parfum ; la chambre de Barbe Bleue (aka the room of secrets), Piquer une tête. We will have to open the doors of each of them as we flip through the pages of a book.

Publishing a first collection of poems is a perilous undertaking. Nathalie Guiot is daring, continues to write and create. Nathalie’s words sing. Ishtar is listening. We read aloud, dreaming with her of a lifesaving happiness.

This First Day will call for many more Sparks.
Barbara Polla, May 2020

An art collector, patron, author and curator, Nathalie Guiot is the founder of the Fondation Thalie in Brussels.With the help of writer Barbara Polla and visual artist Pascale Barret, she produced Equinox(es), a platform for poetic readings aloud. The First Day of the Spark is her first collection of poems.

Completed printing on the first day of summer 2020
Graphics design: Simon Dara
This collection of poems was printed in 200 copies
50 works, numbered and signed by the author, constitute the leading edition
20 euros

Collective work

In spring 2020, twenty women artists bear witness with humor and poetry to their lockdown and to the way in which this suspended time has influenced their artistic practice. A collection of texts composed by Nathalie Guiot and read as a tremendous source of inspiration and teaching.

With Lucile Adam, Nour Awada, Nathalie Azoulai, Janet Biggs, Léa Bismuth, Andrea Blum, Marie Bovo, Véronique Caye, Ninar Esber, Simone Fattal, Aurélie Gravas, Marie-Ange Guilleminot, Eva Jospin, Elena Mazzi, Rachel Monosov, Simone Pheulpin, Barbara Polla, Prajakta Potnis, Joanna Preiss, Anila Rubiku, Célia Stroom, Agnès Thurnauer, Suzanne Wathelet.


Limited edition of 300 copies
Graphics: Simon Dara
Swiss binding on dust jacket, size: 170 × 240 mm, 144 pages
30 euros
Isbn: 978-2-931104-01-9

Collective work

Set of original texts read aloud from the poetic platform “Equinoxes” online on the Fondation Thalie website, during the eleven weeks of lockdown.

With contributions from artists and authors: Pascale Barret, Mickaël Berdugo, Boris Bergmann; Marie de Brugerolle, Haleh Chinikar, Lise Coirier, Jean-Philippe Convert, Circé Deslandes, Ninar Esber, Mathilde Fernandez, Hortense Gauthier, Aurélie Gravas, Christine Guinard, Nathalie Guiot, Audrey Guttman, Aline Hémagi Fernande, Mélanie Huchet, Nikias Imhoof, Mimi Kunz, Rachel Labastie, Barbara Polla, Joana Preiss, Frank Smith, Nathalie Vanderlinden, Stéphanie Verin, Anne Versailles, Chantal Vey, Sandra de Vivies, Suzanne Wathelet.


Limited edition of 300 copies
Graphics: Simon Dara
Otabind binding, size: 140 × 210 mm, 176 pages
30 euros
Isbn: 978-2-931104-02-6

Publications on sale at the Fondation, on our website and on the website of Editions Ishtar.