After a Drink & Draw session where a friend joined me who also works at Herenplaats, 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. I mean Atelier 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 accomplished artists, whether it’s through painting, drawing or printing. During weekdays from 13:00 – 17:00, should you happen to visit, you can meet the artists at work there.
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 book release (in Dutch and English) as an homage to all the artists. A lot of people have (had) the chance to develop themselves and make a name as an artist like Laan Irodjojo.
When you’re walking in West, check the murals curated by Maison Savant.
Another way to draw more attention to outsider art.