Education and Talent Development
In order to reach and involve a new public and specific target groups, and to keep the exhibition programme accessible to a wide audience, the Kunsthal regularly organises additional activities in the exhibition spaces, the Auditorium and the KunsthalLAB. This programming is done in collaboration with young talent and established names, and contains cross-overs between different disciplines. See also Events.
For the purpose of talent development and more in-depth investigations, special activities, such as Artist Talks, family programmes and guided tours, were organised in 2016.
Summerschool All you can Art
During the All you can Art Summer School together with Instituo Buena Bista (IBB) young people and artists were given complete experimental freedom to work and learn at the Kunsthal. There was a constant buzz in the exhibition space and visitors could strike up conversations with the artists and participate in various sections of the programme. 32 talented young people had the opportunity to develop themselves during six weeks of training and supervision by artists according to the time-hallowed model of master-apprentice.
The Kunsthal believes that the master and apprentice teaching method deserves an opportunity to root in the Netherlands and both the IBB and the Kunsthal have committed themselves to continuing their collaboration over the next two years. The working method developed by David Bade and Tirzo Martha, and the chances offered to young people, have an inspiring effect and could be important for Dutch art education on all levels, varying from art schools at higher education level to art education programs in primary and secondary education. See also
The extensive Kunsthal family programme is centred on active participation. To make this programme a success, the Kunsthal cooperates with various partners such as Codarts, ROC Albeda College, SKVR and partners for specific exhibitions. The open platform function of the Kunsthal offers students from various disciplines the opportunity to gain experience with the public.
During the school holidays the focus lies on additional activities for families, such as special guided tours for families, workshops and music and theatre performances. In 2016 for instance children worked on their own children’s book in the KunsthalLAB as part of BoekieBoekie, and families visited the exhibitions together by means of the Look & Do tours. Children dressed up as characters in Botero’s paintings in Camie Bonger’s theatre workshop. On Wednesday 19 October the Kunsthal, together with the Ivory Cross, organised an afternoon featuring healthy teeth entitled ‘I love my teeth’. And during the Peter Lindbergh exhibition young generations of ‘Supermodels’ went on a journey through his pure black-and-white photography. Since 2016 children and their parents can join a special workshop every Sunday afternoon in the KunsthalLAB.
The KunsthalLAB is the permanent educational space where children from the age of four and adults actively participate by means of a combination of learning, entertainment and social interaction. The KunsthalLAB was intensively used during Culture Path workshops and during the holidays. An estimated 1,200 pupils visited the KunsthalLAB in 2016 and took part in workshops as part of their curriculum. This makes the KunsthalLAB the operating base for school classes, children and adults to take part in activities every day. During ‘The Museum of Everything’ exhibition children made their own art and presented it in the ‘Mini Museum of Everything’. The KunsthalLAB was transformed into a design lab during ‘Making Africa’ where children could design their own C-Stunner glasses. And in the workshop Camera Obscura on the occassion of the Peter Lindbergh exhibition, they discovered how a camera works exactly.
Lifelong learning for adults
The Kunsthal constantly focuses on ‘lifelong learning’ and supports this with supplementary activities for adults. During the 344 guided tours in 2016, the UrbanGuides team took more than 5,000 people on a tour of the exhibitions and guided them through the museum. By attending lectures and a weekly film programme in the Auditorium and Artists Talks, and by making use of audio tours adults gained an insight into the exhibitions’ subjects.
In collaboration with the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam the Kunsthal organised a Peter Lindbergh Master Class for art, photography and other creative studies students on 8 September. In this Master Class, moderated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot, Lindbergh talked with students about his vision of fashion photography. Some of the students’ portfolios were also discussed. After photographer Peter Lindbergh in September it was artist Jordy van den Nieuwendijk’s turn in December. His is the second in a series of master classes by exceptional artists organised by the Willem de Kooning Academy and the Kunsthal Rotterdam. In this exclusive master class Jordy talked about his own work and artistic practice. Students had the opportunity to ask any pressing questions and make a sculpture together with Jordy.
In 2016 three Kunsthal Light artists delivered an Artist Talk. On 14 February Susanna Inglada gave an Artist Talk together with Noor Mertens, curator of the city collection at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, during the Art Rotterdam Week. On Sunday 22 May Inge Aanstoot gave a talk together with her gallery owner Thierry Reniers van Vonkel in The Hague. It was an Artist Talk with a spectacular attendance, and lots of high-fives and applause. Pim Palsgraaf gave the third Artist Talk together with art historian Guus Vreeburg on 13 November. Rotterdam performance artist Toine Klaassen was present to get in contact with the audience from the moment they entered the venue. See also Kunsthal Light.