Educating Artists?



8–9 November 13


Classroom, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, 2013<br>
Classroom, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, 2013
 Rory Pilgrim, Wholeheartedly, 2011, Courtesy of De Hallen Haarlem
Rory Pilgrim, Wholeheartedly, 2011, Courtesy of De Hallen Haarlem
 Feiko Beckers, Ending up exactly where you started, 2013, Courtesy of the artist
Feiko Beckers, Ending up exactly where you started, 2013, Courtesy of the artist


Speakers include: Jennifer Allen, Kirsty Bell, Ariane Beyn, Dominic van den Boogerd, AA Bronson, Angela Bulloch, Els van Odijk, Willem de Rooij, Karin Sander, and others.

Friday, 8.11.13, 16–19 h
Saturday, 9.11.113, 10–18 h

Admission only by registration at

There is the possibility to follow our event online on both days via our live stream.

Many thanks for your understanding.

Educating Artists? is a two-day symposium organized by Gnyp Art and dealing with recent developments in artist education. Addressing different educational models, the relationship between artist, tutor & student, between theory and skills, while approaching the subject from an 'outside' and 'inside' perspective, the symposium attempts to reach for new and alternative methods in artist education.

The question about a new art academy in Berlin has caused a vigorous debate this year. In Amsterdam, the two leading secondary artist training institutions, the Rijksakademie and De Ateliers, have faced dramatic subsidy cuts. Meanwhile the residency programs DAAD and De Ateliers both celebrate their 50th birthday this year and new educational models like Autocenter's Summer Academy and UdK's Institut für Raumexperimente are offering alternative programs. In light of the growing discussion, Gnyp Art offers a creative platform to reflect upon these current educational developments.

The symposium is divided into four panels spread over two days, each day concluded with a specifically arranged performance.

Questions that will be addressed are:
- In what way do structural hierarchies in education systems influence the relation between tutor and student?
- How do educational institutions respond to the increased professionalization of the job of the artist?
- How is the quest for alternative models symptomatic for broader transformations in education/culture?
- How do theory and practice come together in artist education?
- In which way does the academy or the post-academic institution partake in the contemporary art world?

In an attempt to offer an alternative perspective on the topic of artist education, Feiko Beckers (born in 1983, NL) and Rory Pilgrim (born in 1988, UK) were asked to respond to this subject through their artistic practice and experience. Their performances will take place respectively on Friday and Saturday.


Friday, 8.11.13, 16-18.30 h

16.00 – 16.30 h: Introduction by Ellen Blumenstein, Dominic van den Boogerd, Els van Odijk.

16.30- 18.00 h: First panel on The Amsterdam Model vs. Other Models – with Dominic van den Boogerd, Ariane Beyn, Joep van Liefland , Vivian Sky Rehberg, Marie Haff.

18.00 -18.30 h: Performance by Feiko Beckers.

Saturday, 9.11.13, 10-18 h

10.00-10.30 h: Keynote speech by Jennifer Allen.

10.30 – 12.00 h: Second panel on Artist, Tutor, Student – with Adriana Arroyo, Natasha Ginwala, Esper Postma, Willem de Rooij, Karin Sander.

12.00-12.30 h: Coffee break.

12.30 -14.00 h: Third Panel on Will Theory Die Like Skill Did – with Jennifer Allen, Jurriaan Benschop, Eric Ellingsen, Els van Odijk, Angela Bulloch.

14.00-15.30 h: Lunch break.

15.30-17.00 h: Forth Panel on What Do Artists Want – with Kirsty Bell, AA Bronson, Verina Gfader, Bojan Sarcevic, Uwe Schwarzer, Nadine Zeidler.

17.00-17.30 h: Questions.

18.00 h: Performance by Rory Pilgrim.

The symposium is organized in close collaboration with the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, De Ateliers and KW Institute for Contemporary Art with the generous support of the Dutch Embassy in Berlin.