The Kunsthal has always been a small and flexible organisation with a limited number of permanent employees and a wide range of temps, volunteers (public officers) and freelancers. This has also made our workforce vulnerable and increased the workload. In 2015, in consultation with the supervisory board, the Kunsthal decided that it was necessary to implement a minimal reinforcement of its workforce. In anticipation of a positive decision with regard to the Cultural Plan 2017-2020 subsidies, three new positions – a business director, a financial assistant, and a staff-member for ‘fundraising and business development – were already created in 2016. In 2016, a new organisation chart was implemented (see below). There are five “departments”; Content, Business Development, General, Technical and Security Affairs.
Content: The artistic staff, responsible for the content of the programme, the exhibitions, activities and communication of the exhibitions, consists of the executive director, three curators, the registrar, the head of exhibition production, three staff-members for communication and a staff-member for education. In 2016 a new fulltime staff-member for communications worked 50% of her working hours as a curator to stand in for a colleague on pregnancy leave and help during busy periods. The content team is supported by trainees, a coordinator for public officers and public officers. After Jannet de Goede left the Kunsthal in November 2015, freelancer Hester Schölvinck took over her activities for more than five months as interim curator. On 1 March 2016, Annemarie Nycolaas was recruited as curator, completing the team of curators once again.
Business Development: The business team, responsible for the daily operations of the Kunsthal, consists of a staff-member for fundraising, a staff-member for events and receptions and two staff-members for the Kunsthal gift shop. The business team is managed by the business director. On 1 December 2016, Herman van Karnebeek was appointed as business director. His predecessor was Bas den Hollander. In April 2016, Noortje Vrind started as staff-member for fundraising & development, a new position focussed on generating more (private) funds. As of 1 May 2016, Tessie Loeff was recruited as head of the gift shop, a position especially created to elevate gift shop revenues to a higher level. Tessie Loeff succeeds Megan Hoogenboom who held this position before her.
In October 2016 we welcomed Frank Timmers as staff-member in the gift shop, succeeding Antoinette Schoehuizen. Mieke Sicking started as staff-member for events and receptions on 1 December 2016. Her predecessor Eveline Bos left the Kunsthal on 1 January 2017, but will return again on 1 May 2017 to fill a different position.
General: The General Affairs department, responsible for, among other things, human resources, finances, cash desk and reception, consists of a head of general affairs, a staff member for finances, two receptionists and two cashiers. From 1 January until 31 December 2016, Carin Borsboom worked as Controller. Charlotte Tasma, who had already worked for the Kunsthal as a temp since 2014, joined the team as a receptionist in April 2016. She is the successor of Leonie Urff. In April 2016, Annelies Bac volunteered to do a one-month traineeship in the General Affairs department.
The supervisory responsibilities of the Kunsthal Rotterdam Foundation (the Kunsthal) are executed by a Supervisory Board. Management and supervision relate to each other in accordance with the Supervisory Board Model as described in the Dutch Code Cultural Governance (2016). The Supervisory Board is responsible for maintaining the Kunsthal’s continuity and acts as the employer of the director/manager. On a regular basis, the (chairperson of the) Supervisory Board is informed about daily operations. The Supervisory Board and the management discuss the organisation’s plans with regard to content and finances. On a regular basis, the Kunsthal calls upon the expertise of individual board members.
In 2016 there were five meetings of the Supervisory Board. During these meetings the usual issues concerning the policies and operational management of the Kunsthal were discussed. But apart from these issues a lot of attention was given to the Cultural Plan 2017-2020 over the past year as this forms the foundation for the structural subsidy relationship with the municipality of Rotterdam, our most important stakeholder. There were also lengthy discussions about the collaborations with other parties in the Museumpark, partly because of the intended construction of the collection building.
In 2016 the Supervisory Board consisted of the following members: Arjan Schakenbos (chairman of the Supervisory Board and chairman-manager of Vestia), Peter Drion (partner at Van Traa Advocaten N.V.), Vincent Mentzel (former staff photographer at NRC Handelsblad), Bianca Tetteroo (member of the executive board at Achmea) and Steven Lubbers (director of Hollandia Groep). They are not paid for performing their duties.
The Kunsthal is supported by a team of volunteers led by a coordinator. These volunteers do not substitute paid staff, but provide an extra service to visitors to the Kunsthal. The public officers offer a warm welcome, inform the public about the exhibitions and activities, answer any questions, and assist visitors with special needs. They also distribute educational material to families and welcome school classes. Are you also interested in working at the Kunsthal as a volunteer? Please visit this webpage and contact us.
Technical and security staff
On 1 February 2016, the temporary contracts of the Kunsthal’s security staff, who had been working for us since 1 February 2014, were converted to permanent contracts. As a result, the Kunsthal can now boast a permanent, well-trained security team. Helped by the municipality and the UWV (Dutch Employee Insurance Agency), this group of people was recruited in 2013 and is now permanently employed at the Kunsthal. The ongoing training and courses we offer this group, are now also available to our ‘neighbours’, the colleagues at the Natural History Museum and the employees of the Kunsthal café. This means that we now have a combined, large team of qualified first aid and security officers who are able to act in cases of emergency at different locations.
Kunsthal as a work experience location for trainees
Our fundraising, education and communication staff is assisted by trainees enrolled in a variety of (university) courses. In 2016, the following trainees enthusiastically dedicated themselves for the Kunsthal: Amal El Ouagmiri (International Business and Management Studies, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences), Savitri Kleer (Leisure Management, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences), Sharinda Wolffers (Teacher of Visual Art and Design), Anne Leijdekkers (Audio-visual Media, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht), Veronique Starmans (Arts and Culture Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam), Lisa Tiggelhoven (Visual Art and Design Management, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht), Damini Bhugwansing (Arts and Culture Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam), Liloe van der Horst (Arts and Culture Studies), Sabiha Taner (Art and Culture, Leiden University), Evita Schraver (Business Communication, University of Applied Sciences Utrecht) and Chantal de Blok (Cultural Heritage, Reinwardt Academy). The security department collaborates with the ROC Albeda College. In 2016, thirteen of their students did a practical traineeship for the course Security Officer 2 at the Kunsthal.
Secondary activities of the management
Apart from their regular contributions to exhibition catalogues, guided tours and receptions that are directly linked to the exhibitions, a number of Kunsthal employees have developed various secondary activities. The director/manager Emily Ansenk is active as a member of various committees and boards, such as the Rotterdam Economic Council, the advisory body for Art Rotterdam, the board of the Museumpark Rotterdam Foundation, the Rotterdam Assembly of Directors, the managerial board for the development of the Hoboken area and the board of the Job Dura Fund, and chairs the jury of the Henri Winkelman Award, a prize for enterprising artists and designers from Rotterdam. In 2016, the director’s other secondary activities included her memberships of Club Rotterdam, the Rotterdam Rotary Club, Art Table and the Cultural Patronage Network Steering Committee.
She is active as a guest presenter for the visual art programme Opium TV, writes articles for exhibition catalogues and often gives lectures. In 2016, Emily Ansenk was interviewed several times, for instance for the Dutch National Railway’s SPOOR magazine about her favourite art, for Elsevier magazine as part of their feature on successful women in the Netherlands, for Harper’s Bazaar’s ‘Women of the Year’ issue and for the ING Bank’s magazine What’s Next. In 2016 she participated in a course for Museum Leaders at the Getty Leadership Institute 2016, Claremont University Los
Angeles and successfully completed a course for supervisors at the DeNieuweCommissaris’ De Tafel Next. For exhibitions at the Kunsthal, she travelled to, among other places, Curacao, Munich, Turin and Paris.
Herman van Karnebeek, the new business director, is also director of the Estate ‘De Eese’ NSW B.V., and chairman of the ‘Karrevrachten Gladiolen’ Foundation.
Secondary activities of the staff
A number of Kunsthal employees also performed secondary activities in the Netherlands and/or abroad. The curators went on several trips in order to develop possible exhibitions and maintain international networks. Senior curator Charlotte van Lingen is a member of the Public & Presentation committee of the Dutch Museums Association and the expert for ‘Photo Folio Reviews’ at the photography festival ‘Les Rencontres de la Photographie’ in Arles. She is a member of Muscun (an exchange platform for design and architecture in Basel) and member of the jury of the stArt Award/BoekieBoekie illustration award.
Registrar Klaas Witsen-Elias is a member of the board at the Dutch Registrar Group (part of the Dutch Museums Association) and security advisor on airfreight for the Kunsthal. In 2016 he organised a number of seminars for his field of business.
Mariëtte Maaskant, head of communication, is a member of the Rotterdam Festivals Advisory Board, member of the board at the ‘24 uur cultuur’ Foundation and member of the work group Public Reach. In 2015/2016 she participated in a training programme called Leadership in Culture (LinC).
Receptions staff-member Eveline Bos is a member of the PML (Platform Museum Locations), and fundraising and development staff-member Noortje Vrind is affiliated to the Cultural Patronage Network. Johan Gielen, staff-member for education and public, is active in the work group 21st Century Skills and in meetings on education with the KCR (Centre of Expertise for Cultural Education Rotterdam).
Head of security Sherman Bonofacio is board member/vice treasurer at ASIS International Benelux Chapter, an organisation for interaction and collaboration for security professionals at a managerial level. As a member of the board and secretary he is also involved in IFPO Europe (responsible for the examination of internationally accredited courses) and, since 2012, in N’Lloyd (a foundation for professionality in the field of crime prevention and security) as chairman of the Examination Committee.