The Brussels Bike Hundred

100 portraits, stories and bicycles

We’re teaming up with Bike for Brussels to put together a 100-strong selection of local heroes shaping the city each in their own way. From designers and DJs to performers and publishers, these are the creatives riding Brussels forward.

Thomas Caron

Thomas Caron

Curator and Founder of artlead.net

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I was born on the Belgian seaside and lived in Ghent and Barcelona for 20 years before moving to Brussels only recently. I’ve always worked as a curator, first at Ghent’s contemporary art museum S.M.A.K., and then on freelance projects. Two years ago, I founded artlead.net as a way to democratise art through public art projects, a publishing house and a collaborative online marketplace for art.

How has Brussels shaped you as an individual as well as your professional activities?

Though I am quite new to the city, Brussels has already influenced and shaped some of the things I do. I recently set up a new long-term art in public space project in the capital city under the name A Temporary Monument for Brussels, in which I invite Brussels-based artists to reflect on the historic concept of monuments. These different visual reflections function as a present-day answer to one of my favourite Brussels icons: Jacques Moeschal’s beautiful, monumental 1963 sculpture Signal from Zellik.

List the things you like the most about Brussels, bike-related or not.

I like the mix of people and things, of backgrounds and stories, of beauty and ugliness, of life and the city.

List three deciding factors that converted you to bicycle use.

I’m a tourist – I only cycle when the sun is out. Yet when I do, I’m always amazed at how much faster I get around town.

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