From 5 December to 17 January, new work by 50 local artists will be on show in the Oude Kerk’s St Sebastian Chapel. The presentation is the result of an open call sent out in collaboration with the Open Ateliers Nieuwmarkt. We asked artists what they thought the world would look like after the corona crisis. Starting point was the project The World After, which has been part of the Oude Kerk’s programme since the outbreak of the crisis, both on- and offline.
Fifty artists responded to the call. Rather than make a selection, the Oude Kerk and the Open Ateliers Nieuwmarkt decided to show all of the entered works: the exhibition centres on the meaning each work has to people. This is the first time that both amateur and professional artists from the Open Ateliers Nieuwmarkt are showing their work in this way: in Amsterdam’s oldest building, which is also one of the Netherlands’ newest art venues.
Jacqueline Grandjean, director of the Oude Kerk: ‘The connection with the neighbourhood is now more important than ever. In Amsterdam, all that we have left now are our neighbours, our district and local makers. It’s important to see each other and to help each other. That’s why we felt it was important to work together with Open Ateliers Nieuwmarkt and to show the work of local artists. The presentation creates an interesting profile of the ways local makers look at the future.’