16 november: The Future Studio-symposium

On the role of the studio : past, present and future

Friday 16 November, 10:00 – 17:00, De Hallen Haarlem

De Hallen Haarlem and the Kees Verwey Foundation proudly present the symposium ‘The Future Studio’, in which the artist’s studio will be discussed from various angles and from both an historical perspective and with an eye on the future. With contributions by theorists, artists and other art professionals who will present their views on contemporary studio practices, the symposium aims to generate new perspectives on the future of the studio in all its diversity.

For a while the studio seemed to be declared redundant and dead. But at the beginning of the 21st-century the tide appears to be turning. Recent publications on the subject, like The Fall of The Studio: Artists at Work (2009) and The Studio Reader: On the Space of Artists (2010) signal a return to the studio by some artists. And i his recently published book The Transdisciplinary Studio (2012) art and design critic Alex Coles raised the question that if artists and designers continue to require a studio, shouldn’t the way each of them mobilizes it be a component of any analysis of their practice?

The participating artists in Studio Verwey, who all spend two years at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam, also show how the importance and utilisation of the studio have changed. But does their use of the studio still fulfil the stereotypical image of the lonely artist behind his painter’s easel? Which other models are emerging? And what is the importance of the studio in an era when the Internet and (cheap) flights have released the artist from being in a permanent spot? And how can artist residencies and initiatives anticipate changes?

Programme Friday 16 November

10:00 – coffee and registration

10:20 – Introduction by Radna Rumping and Michiel van Iersel, curators Studio Verwey

10:30 – Dr. Sandra Kisters (Universiteit Utrecht): The studio is dead. Long live the studio

11:15 – Professor Alex Coles (University of Huddersfield): The Transdisciplinary Studio

12:00 – Panel conversation: Martijntje Hallmann (Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten), Bik Van der Pol (artists, artist-cooperative Duende) and Huib Haye van der Werf (Jan van Eyck Academie) – The Collective Studio

12.45 – Lunch and visit to the exhibition Studio Verwey

13:45 – Folkert de Jong (artist, NL) – The Open Studio

14:15 – Ištvan Išt Huzjan (artist, SL) – The Mobile Studio

14:45 – Alicia Framis (artist, ES) – The Transdisciplinary Studio

15:15 – Coffee break

15:45 – Group discussion: The future studio

16:45 – Drinks


Reservations required: reserveringen@dehallen.nl | English spoken |

Entrance: 10 euros, including lunch and admittance to the exhibition ‘Studio Verwey’

Location: De Hallen Haarlem | Grote Markt 16, Haarlem

Ištvan Išt Huzjan in his studio (photo by Jordi Huisman)