After another Drink & Draw session, I asked myself: why haven’t I shared this spot with you yet? Sometimes you just forget that these places are special and worth sharing. Meaning the place Herenplaats, which doubles as an atelier and gallery in one.
Herenplaats accommodates space, materials and guidance for about 40 people who are either mentally disabled and/or have psychiatric issues. They work at the studio and develop themselves into an accomplished artist whether it’s with painting, drawing or printing. During weekdays from 13:00 – 17:00, should you happen to visit, you can meet the artists at work on the spot.
The aspiring artists get help and guidance from the staff, interns and volunteers who all have creative backgrounds. There are architects, graphic design students or students from the WdKa. The education they offer can be compared to an Academy of Arts training which is fitted to the artists’ needs and desires.
The Herenplaats also organises workshops for schoolclasses, companies and studies involved in society and welfare advocates.
2016 was their 25th year anniversary and there was a succesful crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for a book release (in Dutch and English) as an homage to all the artists. A lot of talented people have (had) the chance to develop themselves and even make a name as an artist with works exposed (inter)nationally like Laan Irodjojo.
I’m always intrigued to see how the artists work with colours and/or details as most of the work is so vibrant with firm shapes. Go have a look yourself!