daily 11.00 - 17.00
Welcome to the second edition of the Groot Rotterdams Atelier Weekend (Big Rotterdam Studio Weekend), which will take place on 25 and 26 September 2021. This event provides art lovers a unique moment to meet artists in their studios, as well as a special opportunity to purchase the works of these artists. Last year, during the first edition of the Groot Rotterdams Atelier Weekend, we counted more than 6,000 studio visits, during which nearly half of all participating artists sold one or more works.
The Groot Rotterdams Atelier Weekend highlights the diversity of Rotterdam’s art studio complexes. Artists within a wide variety of disciplines work at locations throughout the city, often in beautiful former school buildings. With more than 450 artists working at no less than 50 locations, every Rotterdammer has at least one studio they can visit in their own neighbourhood. Over the past year, the number of art studios has further increased and diversified, with the addition of 20 new studio complexes. Notable locations include Time Window in the Agniesebuurt area, and the IJzerblok in Delfshaven, which together provide facilities for more than 100 artists.
Though the Groot Rotterdams Atelier Weekend guides visitors to interesting buildings with attractive studios, the first edition which took place last year also exposed the extremely unsuitable conditions in which some artists must work. As a result, a small group of artists has conducted a survey among their colleagues. This survey made painfully clear the chronic shortage of safe and suitable working environments for artists, which have forced many of them to find working spaces in the unreliable market of anti-squat locations. The results of the survey were presented to the relevant municipal executive councillor, which has already resulted in a positive step: artists will now be more directly involved in formulating the new policy memorandum on studios and cultural breeding grounds (‘Beleidsnota Ateliers en Broedplaatsen’).
We wish all visitors a pleasant adventure as they explore the diversity of Rotterdam’s artist studios. Finally, we wish to express our heartfelt thanks to the many artists for their enthusiastic cooperation, and to Stichting Droom en Daad for helping make the Groot Rotterdams Atelier Weekend possible.
The recently announced easing of Covid-19 measures will come into effect on September 25, 2021. As a result, there will no longer be limitations on the number of visitors to walk-through locations such as museums, libraries and monuments, nor will a Covid health certificate be required to access these locations.
Therefore, visitors to the Groot Rotterdams Atelier Weekend will not be required to produce a Covid health certificate, and there will be no other restrictions. However, each location may still implement any measures they deem necessary. We ask all visitors to respect and follow any such measures.