Date: 18.03. – 27.03.2011
Location: Dokhuis Gallery, DIY Gallery, Mural spots in Amsterdam East, West, Noord, Zuid-Oost and Centrum
Artists: BOMR (DK), CORN (IT), CRUSH (DE), ENZO (DK), ERASE (NL), FRAU ISA (AT), GOMER (FR), GRIS (FR), KCIS (AT), KONG (IT), KREA (FR), KRIO (IT), NERO (AT), NYCHOS (AT), OGRE (FR), OMSK167 (DE), TEDDIES IN SPACE (NL), REVERT (FR), ROY SCHREUDER (NL), SERK (DE), SEAM (DE), SKED (NL), SKIA (IT), SKINY (DK), SLIDER (DE), SOBEK (AT), SOTEN (DK), SPEK (IT), TCHAD (FR), THIJMEN (NL), TIWS (DK), WAME (DK), WOPER HEROE (NL), WOK (DE)
Activities: Mural productions, concept wall painting, exhibitions, workshops, social interaction with residents of Amsterdam
Sponsors: European Culture DG, Youth in Action / Dutch Youth Department, Citycouncil Centrum, Citycouncil West, Citycouncil Noord, Molotow, Fietsreparatie Amsterdam
International Artist Exchange
A group of 36 Urban Artists coming from six European countries – Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Italy, France and Austria – took part in the project that was held in the context of the “European Year of Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion” and funded through the European Education and Culture DG as well as the Dutch Youth Department ( Netherlands Jeugd Instituut).
The main activities included a large mural paintings in the districts of Amsterdam Oost, Noord, Zuid-Oost and West, two group exhibitions at Gallery DIY and at the Dokhuis Gallery as well as a common art workshop with local young people.
European Year of Combating Poverty and social exclusion
The main topic was to “shout out” personal opinions, thoughts and feelings about poverty and social exclusion through art, reflect and present the situation in each groups’ residential city and home country (intercultural learning) and explore the local socio-economic situation in Amsterdam. The exchange included an intercultural evenings, city field trips and club nights for the participating artists.
Focus on Amsterdam
additionally, participating artists attended meetings and discussions with local immigrant groups, create artwork together with inner-city youth and paint murals in cooperation with residents of socially disadvantaged neighbourhoods. The participating artists were invited to pay close attention to their personal learning process and feelings in relation to the local social environment and its possible depiction.