Barbara Raes worked as a dance curator and artistic director for the cultural centre Vooruit (Ghent) and the art centre BUDA (Kortrijk) between 2000 and 2014. In 2014 she took part in a programme by FoAM (Brussels) as a way of reorienting herself. FoAM is a transdisciplinary network that works at the interface of art, science, nature and everyday life. Within this context she was trained as a ‘ritual celebrant’ in Great Britain, and sees her work as mediating between the arts, care work, rituals and moments of farewell. Since 2015 she has been working as a scholar at the art academy KASK, The Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Ghent) in the project “OPEN END”. This is a multidisciplinary research project to develop new mental and physical spaces for rituals of farewell. In addition Barbara Raes founded her own organisation “BEYOND THE SPOKEN”, a working space that deals with “unacknowledged loss”. In this context she looks for answers to the contemporary demands of a society in transition. Raes links her research and her work to the field of art. This takes place at venues such as DasArts, Kaaitheater, BOZAR, Theater Aan Zee, and HAU Hebbel am Ufer.