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Framer Framed

Framer Framed's Open Atelier

Meet the Open Atelier Community

Since the beginning of 2020, Framer Framed opened it’s doors for an artist community; every Monday they get together for creative workshops and art therapy with i-psy Arts Amsterdam.
The Open Atelier community works with the guidance of the lead art therapists: Suzanne Delshadian, her team Laura van den Dungen and Ruth Oppel and Betul Ellialtioglu from Framer Framed.
We asked what art means to the community and how they feel about the collaboration between i-psy Arts and Framer Framed. Here is a collection of their answers.

“The Open Atelier is a safe environment. Making art frees me from my demons. It helps me to focus and to come into contact with others. Being part of this community is important for me. I feel challenged to step out of the box and try out new things.

I love to be in contact with other cultures and enjoy the learning that comes from diversity. It’s also been good to be part of an LGBTQ community here. For me, it’s very important that Framer Framed stays multicultural and diverse.

What makes the open atelier attractive is that it is in collaboration with an exhibition space. I can develop myself as an artist here because it is separate from the GGZ. I feel welcome, the people who work at Framer Framed are nice and approachable.”

Carina, working on a sculpture. Photo:  © Betul Ellialtioglu / Framer Framed

Hassan (Morrocco)
“Coming to the i-psy Open Atelier and making art gives me peace of mind. I can breathe again. I like the fact that I can meet other artists, learn new techniques and develop my ideas. Participating in the i-psy Open Atelier helps me feel stronger as an artist.”

Hassan with his paintings. Photo: © Betul Ellialtioglu / Framer Framed

I am very happy that there is a cooperation between i-psy Amsterdam and Framer Framed. I feel the synergy between the organisations. During our open atelier activities we are surrounded by art and people also keep working on their art. Before I was feeling alone and lost. Now, I realise that I created a bond, a relationship, between myself and the city. It is alive, and I am also part of it.

Mayıs with epoxy. Photo: © Betul Ellialtioglu / Framer Framed

O.K (Syria)
“This is a good place to come into contact with each other. It’s special to be at the Open Atelier during the Corona time when everything is closed. It’s like a lifeline. I have benefitted from many activities here; including workshops, conversations and now participating in the organisation of the LGBTQ exhibition Proud Aliens.”

O.K with his painting. Photo: © Betul Ellialtioglu / Framer Framed

Yilmaz (Kurdish)
“I like coming here because the participants are familiar to me. And because of the atmosphere and the fact that I can use all these materials to improve myself.”

Yılmaz working on his paintings details. Photo: © Betul Ellialtioglu / Framer Framed

Marwan (Syrian)
“Even though it can be quite chaotic and busy sometimes, I think this is good place for a beginning artist to develop and improve myself.”

Marwan working on his clay work at i-psy Open Atelier. Photo: © Betul Ellialtioglu / Framer Framed

Anne Krul
“Here I can easily engage in conversation with other (professional) artists. And ask (myself) exciting and critical questions and be open to critical and exciting questions from others. I can learn to profile myself as an artist. Also, the vision of Framer Framed appeals to me. I can be myself here, I’m not a client or an artist but just myself. There is room to work out our own theme project like the LBTQ art project. The location of the studio and the space is inspiring and confronting. A place to improve, use the right materials and copy/learn from the reflection moments within the group.”

Proud Aliens exhibition meeting. Photo: © Betul Ellialtioglu / Framer Framed

The LGBTQ+ project group of Open Atelier have created a utopian future where difference and diversity are recognised as beautiful and celebrated. Exhibition Proud Aliens (30 Jul-22 Aug 2021) is on show at Framer Framed. Read more

We would like to thank all Framer Framed’s Open Atelier community for sharing their experience. You can follow their activities also on their Instagram page.

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Exhibition: Reflections

by i-psy Open Atelier

Exhibition: Proud Aliens

A colourful exhibition by Framer Framed's Open Atelier


Finissage: Reflections by the Open Atelier
A joyful final day of the exhibition at Framer Framed
Opening: Reflections by Open Atelier
14th Annual Exhibition of i-psy Open Atelier Amsterdam
Finissage: Proud Aliens
Music, food, drinks and henna to celebrate the last day of the group show by Open Atelier
Opening: Proud Aliens & QUEER
Exhibition opening of Framer Framed's Open Atelier and a new public installation by United Painting: QUEER
Make a Wish
A Group Exhibition with i-psy Open Atelier Artists



Artist and director



Shevan van der Lugt

Suzanne Delshadian

Suzanne Delshadian

Therapy coordinator i-psy

Anne Krul