Art on the seaside

Winter after winter, summer after summer, young and old come to the Coast to feel the sea breeze on their skin, smell the briny North Sea and watch the tempestuous rolling of the waves. Pure joy that touches all your senses. This year, the Coast has a lot more than that in store … The Beaufort Triennial 2018 is taking over the seafront, the beaches and the dunes in order, once again, to load them up with striking and memorable artworks. Artworks that challenge and surprise you and that in any case will remain engraved in your memory. In fact, they make you hunger for more. Luckily, you don’t have to remain hungry for long. There is so much more art still to discover. Not only the museums and works of art but other top sights such as The Crystal Ship, Summer sculptures, Cabin Art and more will guarantee you hours and hours of artistic delight on the seaside. In these pages, you will find an overview of the art to be discovered on the seaside.

We wish you much artistic pleasure on the coast!

Beaufort2018, kunstriënnale aan de Kust


The Beaufort art triennial is now on its sixth edition. This year once again, it is bringing a selection of national and international artists and their works to public spaces on the seaside. Beaufort 2018 takes place between 30 March and 30 September 2018, under the direction of its curator, Heidi Ballet. She is a self-employed curator working out of Brussels and Berlin. 18 artists have made 19 top works to the nine coastal towns (excluding Blankenberge). The works for Beaufort 2018 are, according to Curator Heidi Ballet, looking at the free-thinking nature of the Coast. The strongest and unique qualities of Beaufort 2018 are the unique backdrop of the sea, the accessibility of the project, the distribution of the works along the coastline and the development of a high-quality sculpture park over the long term.

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I can hear it, westende

A permanent sculpture park

Thanks to the various editions of the Beaufort triennial, the Coast has a unique permanent sculpture park. It is made up of the many works were that were purchased and so remain on their original spot or are given a new location. A fine collection of top artworks that are there to be discovered all year round. 

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Venetiaanse Gaanderijen Oostende

Discovering artistic spots on the sea

There is a good assortment of artistic gems to be explored on the Coast. Artistic spots and addresses that are must-sees. Whether you are a true art lover or just enjoy seeing beautiful objects, there is something for everyone. Every town has its own character and was often a source of inspiration for many an artist. The sea serves as a muse to painters and musicians alike, eliciting the best aesthetic sense from each. Let yourself be inspired and enchanted by the artistic riches of the Coast.

Time to explore!

Het Leopoldhotel in Oostende

Artistic addresses on the seaside
5 X artistic accommodations!

The fact that artists have always drawn inspiration from the sea goes without saying. It is thus high time for you to get a taste of that artistic influence. What do you think of these artistically minded accommodations?

Discover 5 artistic accommodations

Cabin Art in Koksijde-Oostduinkerke

An artistic agenda

A wide range of activities and events have an artistic tint. Think, for example, of the Summer sculptures in Blankenberge, Sculptures at Sea in De Haan - Wenduine, Cabin Art in Koksijde - Oostduinkerke or The Crystal Ship in Oostende. The calendar of activities on the Coast has a lot up its sleeve to pamper art lovers (young and old).

Discover the arts calendar of the coast

Paul Delvauxmuseum

Great masters on the Coast

Many artists have drawn inspiration from the sea. They came to live on the seaside or spent shorter periods there. Great masters such as Ensor, Spilliaert, Delvaux and Magritte were enchanted by the sea and the Coast. Their influence is clearly visible in their works.

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