On 30 September 2018 Framer Framed opened a second project space: Werkplaats Molenwijk (Workspace Molenwijk)! A neighborhood space in the Molenwijk area in Amsterdam-Noord, for and by residents interested in art, culture, heritage and society.
1035 EJ Amsterdam
Tuesdays – Fridays: 12.00-18.00
During activities and events, the space is also open outside these regular hours.
Setting up Werkplaats Molenwijk
When the exhibition space of Framer Framed settled in the Tolhuistuin back in 2014, very little cultural institutions had dared to cross the water to the North side. Now, the IJ-river bank has become a cultural hotspot, which does not always feel welcoming to the long term residents of Amsterdam-Noord. With this in mind, the idea for a second project space in Molenwijk, an area further up in the North of Amsterdam, was born.
The goal is to facilitate a space for arts and culture in the Molenwijk, with an emphasis on collaboration and exchange. Visitors can initiate new programmes, actively take part in the organisation, enjoy presentations, join in conversations and share a meal together. Moreover, Werkplaats Molenwijk hosts an artist-in-residency, welcoming artists to create new work in dialogue with their surroundings.
Input from Molenwijk
At the end of 2016, Framer Framed initiated a research in Molenwijk, executed by a group Sociology MA students from the University of Amsterdam. This research, led by Dr. Adeola Enigbokan, consisted of fieldwork in the community and was meant to get to know the neighborhood and map the cultural needs and wishes of Molenwijk residents. One of its findings was the activities for youngsters – specifically young women – are limited.
There also seems to be diverging ideas among residents of the Molenwijk, concerning what Molenwijk is and should be. Some people have lived there since the inception of the neighborhood and identify with the prosperous history of the place. The fact that the area has changed, is not always perceived by them as an improvement. The people who moved into the neighborhood at a later stage are themselves part of this change, and often have a more positive view of the area. Both groups have their own views of the neighborhood, but there are little opportunities to meet each other.
In May and June 2017 it was the turn of students from the minor Public and Media at the Reinwardt Academy, within the module participation of Marjelle van Hoorn. Both student research projects contributed to the ‘mission statement’ of Werkplaats Molenwijk. Werkplaats Molenwijk hopes to welcome everyone and facilitate these kind of meetings, in addition to and in collaboration with activities that are already being put on by other organisations.
OPENING: 30 September 2018
The festive inauguration of Werkplaats Molenwijk! Everybody is welcome to join us for a toast to the start of our new project space with the opening of the exhibition Fetish. We will open our first exhibition with work by artist Marie Hudelot. Her photography series Fetish shows selfmade objects portraying her roots, fears and dreams.
We will also bring something from Framer Framed to the Molenwijk: as part of the finissage of Public Art Amsterdam, we will drive the work The First Turk Immigrant or the Nameless Heroes of the Revolution by artist Suat Ögüt, now located at the IJ river bank, to the Molenwijk. This work is an ode to Turkish migrants who came to Europe for political reasons. The work will be expanded with a focus on one of the migrants portrayed, Turkish-Swiss activist Şengül Köker, who will herself be present at the opening.
Read more on the opening programme
Werkplaats Molenwijk is a work in progress and we are very much open to ideas and initiatives from residents! If you’d like to get in touch please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
Tue – Fri, 12.00 – 18.00
And during events and activities (keep an eye on the agenda)
1035 EJ Amsterdam
1021 KD Amsterdam
Special thanks to:
The students of the Master Sociology at the UvA and teacher Adeola Enigbokan, for their fieldwork in the Molenwijk. The students of the minor Publiek en Participatie at the Reinwardt Academie and teacher Marjelle van Hoorn, for their research into new methods for developing an art program in this neighborhood.
Werkplaats Molenwijk is made possible by:
De Molenwijkkamer, Gemeente Amsterdam Stadsdeel Noord, de Alliantie.
Werkplaats Molenwijk is an initiative by Framer Framed. Framer Framed is supported by Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap, Tolhuistuin and Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst.