Griet Dobbels is a visual artist. She began her professional career in 1996 after graduating from The Royal College of Art in London. 

Key concepts in her work are: the dialectic between grandeur and insignificance, transience and timelessness, nature and culture, beauty and horror, safety and danger, chaos and control, universality and individuality. Formally, these subjects translate into various media: drawings, video installations, sculptures and happenings. Dobbels explores boundaries, both in terms of content and form, and strives for an objective position. 

The line is a constant in her work, be it the contour line, the coast line, the front line or a border. This line is exposed, excavated, walked, drawn or cut-and-pasted.

Griet Dobbels has exhibited nationally and internationally and has undertaken a number of significant residences, including at the Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto in 2017-18. Her work can be seen in the contexts of museums, art centres, public spaces or as part of diverse private initiatives, including: Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens (B); Brakke Grond, Amsterdam (NL); Working Title Festival Brussels (B); Nest, The Hague (NL); Netwerk Aalst (B); Greenwich Festival, London (UK) and Emergent (B). 

Her solo exhibition, The Map Is Not the Territory (Montedellarte), was recently on display at Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto in Biella (IT) and the Italian Cultural Institute in Brussels. At the present moment in time, Griet Dobbels is working on the international distribution of her installation Clay Front and a next Straight Line Attempt in the Middle East region.

Els Vermeersch, Compagnon d’Art  



1994-1996: MD in Arts: Royal College of Art, Londen, UK + Kyoto City University of Arts, Japan

1991-1994: Master in visual arts: Luca school of arts Ghent, B


Grants and Prize

2019    Research Grant for Straight Line Attempt Middle East Region, Jeruzalem, Ramallah, Nazareth

2017    Project Grant for The Map is not the Territory (Montedellarte)

2015    Project Grant for publication Be-Part, Prov. West- Flanders

2014    AIR Grant Be-Part, Prov. West- Flanders

2010    Project Grant Flemish Community 

2009    Development Grant Flemish Community 

2003    Development Grant Flemish Community

2000    Project Grant Flemish Community + Grant King Boudewijn foundation 

1996    Laureate Spes Foundation + Project Grant Flemish Community + Grant Rotary 

1994    Grant The British Council + Project Grant Flemish Community


Most recent Artist residences:

2020: October/November 2020: Birzeit University (near Ramallah)

2020: September: Al Ma'mal Foundation, Jerusalem

2017: June/July and September: Cittadellarte -Fondazione Pistoletto and UNIDEE, Biella, IT

2015: January: Met zicht op zee, Braye-Dunes, FR i.c.w Emergent, B


Artist’s books

2018      The Map is not the Territory (Montedellarte),Publishing Viaindustriae, Foligno, IT

2015      Straight line attempticw Posture Editions nr 16

2013     Mind the gap icw Dolores Bouckaert, edition for Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens in 2013, B  




The Jerusalem Show, Al Ma'mal Foundation, Jerusalem

Contrei Live, i.c.w. Intercommunale Leiedal, selected for artistic intervention in the landscape (B)

Shortlisted for ENTWINED: Rural, Land, Lives, Art (VARC, visual arts in rural communities, Northumberland, UK)

Clay Front Homecoming


Research project Straight Line Attempt in the Middle East Region

November > December: Clay Front, Kruitmagazijn, Ypres

20 October > 10 November, Vrouwen²Women, Ypres (B) Benefit exhibition for Mothers for Peace

The Map is not the Territory (Montedellarte), artist’s book-video-installation at the Italian Cultural Institute Brussels i.c.w. Paolo Naldini (Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto) and Belgian launch artist's book Publishing Viaindustriae (IT).



October 2018: Selected for working visit : Amman, Ramallah, Jerusalem & Haifa i.c.w Flanders Art Institute.

The Map is not the Territory (Montedellarte), artist’s book-video-installation at Museo del Presente at Arte al Centro 2018, Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto, IT

Launch artist's book The Map is not the Territory (Montedellarte) Publishing Viaindustriae (IT), Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto (IT) 

Mirroirs 2 /Tous est paysage- Biënnale Parc d'Enghien, Brussels

Clay Front i.c.w In Flanders Fields Museum (B) and Imperial War Museum Canberra, Australia and Villers-Bretonneux museum (FR)

Time can tell video festival: 3 shortfilms: The map is not the territory ( Montedellarte),with Katrien Vermeire, Der kreislauf and Meggy Rustamova, L'invitation au voyage2017



Art happening Montedellarte, Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto (IT) i.c.w. C.A.I., Erasmus University College (B), supported by Flemish Community

Art happening in private house in the context of  Wander Meander Sarah&Charles  

AIR  Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto, IT

Hoger Lager, solo show, Emergent Galery, Veurne, B

Ik trap gewoon door, Social artistic project, Museum M Leuven, B


Group show, Arture #5, Ressegem, B

Edition for 2016, Emergent Galery, Veurne, B


Solo show: 30 Wind Socks revisited, CC Knokke Heist, B

Publication Straight line attempt icw Posture Editions nr 16

AIR Braye-Dunes, FR icw Emergent Galery, Veurne, B

Group show Take Position, Emergent Galery, Veurne, B

Group show Art traces at the Western Front, Flanders Fields, Langemark, B

Art Festival Watou, B


AIR Be-Part Centre for Contemporary Art, Waregem, B

Solo show What a lovely mountain!, Galery Bruthaus, Waregem, B

Group show in the landscape Tussentijd, Moortsele, B

Group show The Daylight Show, Landgoed Zonnestraal, Hilversum, NL

Edition voor publication, K University Leuven, B

Group show Grenzeloos, Harelbeke, B


Group show Badly Natured, Nest, Den Haag, NL

Publication en performance: Mind the gap icw Dolores Bouckaert, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, B 

Group show Transformation, Transfo, Zwevegem, B


The map is not the territory, Art happening Ressegem icw ARPIA 2012

Group show Cutting Edge Women, Verbeke Foundation, Stekene, B

2010 - 2013

AIR art@school, art project icw Jan De Cock, ministery of education and University of Ghent


Group show MEER, Voorkamer, Lier, B

Group show Summer show, Verbeke Foundation, Stekene, B

Solo show: My gated communities, Galerie Marion Decannière, Antwerp, B

2009 - 2013

Mind the Gap: icw Dolores Bouckaert: Soloshow: Netwerk (Aalst) B; Performance Working Title Festival, Pianofabriek, Brussels, B; Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, NL; Galerie Marion Decannière, Antwerp, B; Soloshow Galery Jan Dhaese, Ghent, B


Group show: Artificial Nature, Verbeke Foundation, Stekene, B 


Brainbox, CroxhapoxGhent, B


Solo show:Picture This,  Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, B


Art in public space: Kasterlinden, Brussels icw King Boudewijn Foundation  AIR Cultural Capital of Europe Brugge 2002, Zwem je rijk, AIR


Secret Gardens, Greenwich Festival, London, UK

Art in public space: 30 windsocks, sea front, Knokke-Heist, B 

Group show: I never promised you a rose garden, Beelden Buiten, Tielt, B

Solo show: B-space Galery, Kobe, Japan

Group show: Galery Flanders Exchange center, Osaka, Japan

Solo show: Galery Galery, Kyoto, Japan

Group show: Para-site, Brussels, B

Group show: Intersection, Galery Open Hand, Reading, UK

Group show: Intersection, Margret Harvey Gallery, London, UK