The Kunsthal’s can now build on years of experience in actively involving its public in the exhibition programme. In 2016, we continued to offer a variety of public participation opportunities and weren’t shy of experimentation in doing so.
During the All you can Art Summer School 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. In collaboration with Sculpture International Rotterdam and BKOR (a programme of the CBK Centre for Visual Art in Rotterdam), the artists David Bade and Tirzo Martha created a new work for Uproot Rotterdam, the pop-up sculpture park in the Museumpark, together with the participants. During the summer school, students were taught how to work in a specific location, visitors were involved in realising a work of art and all were made aware of the choices involved in autonomous versus commercial work.
During the Summer School we collaborated with different organisations and visitor groups. Theater Maatwerk, for people with a disability and a passion for the theatre, participated in making the float for the Summer Carnival. During the summer, artists Bart Stuart and Klaar van der Lippe also worked intensively with the students, visitors and a variety of target groups on producing the float and costumes for the Summer Carnival.
In the Studio of the exhibition All you can Art and on location, students of the Olympiacollege (VMBO – lower secondary professional education) participated in realising the artwork ‘Laman ta duna laman ta tuma’ (the sea giveth and the sea taketh away) by David Bade and Tirzo Martha. For the Uproot Sculpture Park, this sculpture ‘moored’ at the Museumpark. During one of the final editions of De Derde Dinsdag (The Third Tuesday), David Bade and Tirzo Martha gave a public presentation about the IBB and ‘All you can Art’ at the Vroessenpark.
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 they offer 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.
Two ThinkTanks examining the future of special art education and art as a social practice were organised for professionals and visitors From the context of the Instituto Buena Bista, David Bade and Tirzo Martha shared their questions and vision by interacting with the invited guests, who brought their own expertise to the table, and the other people in the audience. The ThinkTanks took place at the centre of the exhibition, enabling everyone to participate and share their experiences with specialists and other people involved in the fields of art and education.
Read the online report of the Summer School.
Latin life sundays at the museumpark
Between 3 July and 28 August, as part of Rotterdam Xpanded, the Kunsthal organised nine Latin Life Sundays on the occasion of the Botero exhibition. After visiting the exhibition, the Kunsthal public was invited to participate in a varied programme of music, dance, food & cocktails, theatre, circus and poetry at the Kunsthal and the Museumpark. During North Sea Round Town, trumpet player Maite Hontelé and Amigos provided the kick-off, followed by a spectacular salsa event. There were also swinging performances by the Salsability Club and Cuartito Azul during the Latin Life Sundays.
Encouraged by dancers from the Salsability Club, visitors learned and danced their first basic steps. Other events included the Big Hula Show, a fantastic hula hoop spectacle, and Circus Rotjeknor for young ‘acrobats’.
Because of the fine summer weather, every one of these Sundays was a big success. Audience researched showed that 50 % of the visitors were explicitly attracted by the Latin Life Sundays Programme. Read the online report on our website.
Green Screen ‘Model for a moment’
The special ‘green screen’ installation that, thanks to the support of our main sponsor ING, could be used throughout the entire run of the exhibition was of enormous added value to our visitors. The fact that visitors could have their own ‘Model for a Moment’- experience after seeing the exhibition, added an extra dimension to their visit and led to a major boost in social media exposure of the exhibition – and ING. After 5 months this resulted in 7,675 (!) cheerful, serious, funny, touching and wacky portraits of visitors who had come to the Kunsthal alone, with their families or with friends. Male and female, young and old.
To the Kunsthal this result was an eye-opener: never before had the diversity of our audience – all simultaneously present and attracted to the Kunsthal’s high-contrast programming – been captured so clearly!