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The Roadmap to Equality in the Arts in the Netherlands

A conference that addresses the under-representation and misrepresentation of women artists, WOC and nonbinary artists

conferenceSaturday 18 January '20

Concertzaal ArtEZ, Arnhem → Utrechtsestraat 85, 6811LW Arnhem(archive)


English spoken

The under- and misrepresentation of women artists, non-binary and genderqueer artists in the Dutch art world is undeniable. What is striking though, is not just the lack of available data but also the lack of an intersectional approach in current research. The time is here to bring about change. How can we act, instead of acknowledging the status quo over and over again?

Admission is free, please register on Eventbrite.

About the conference

The conference The Roadmap to Equality in the Arts in the Netherlands aims to raise awareness, gather available data and mobilise existing networks and collective knowledge in order to establish a gender equality roadmap in the arts in the Netherlands. With performances, keynotes, presentations and panels on data as a catalyst for change, quota, new platforms, art education, discrimination and harassment and models for change.

The Roadmap to Equality in the Arts is an ongoing project to address the position of women artists, non-binary and genderqueer artists in the Netherlands. The initiative is born in the aftermath of the #metoo movement, personal experiences and various surveys recently published in the arts and in the industry in the Netherlands and in Europe. This intersectional and strategic coalition aims to advocate for equality, solidarity and diversity on every level, and address the under-representation and misrepresentation of women artists, women artists of colour, nonbinary and genderqueer artists. Due to a lack of data collection and monitoring, there is no overview of the situation in the visual arts in terms of income, parental leave, pensions, art education, exhibitions, public collections, grants and residencies, etc. Many institutions still haven’t implemented a system of reporting racism, discrimination or harassment. How can we address this situation collectively?

Founded in 2019, this informal coalition consists of artists, educators, researchers, designers, curators, critics, activists, lawyers, and one art school, ArtEZ. The initiators are Delphine Bedel, Els Cornelis, Catelijne de Muijnck and School of Missing Men (ArtEZ).

With the Roadmap to Equality in the Arts in the Netherlands, we aim to:
Raise awareness and stimulate action
Create an Observatory for data monitoring, evaluation schemes and follow-up
Develop education projects and online resources
Commission surveys and publish articles
Develop events, tools, joint actions & spokesmanship
Mobilise existing networks and collective knowledge in order to establish a gender equality roadmap in the arts in the Netherlands.

Programme conference

10.00 – 10.30: WELCOME
with coffee and tea
10:30 – 10.40: INTRODUCTION
by Nancy Jouwe and Delphine Bedel
10:40 – 11.20: KEYNOTE
by Nancy Jouwe

11.20 – 13.00: MISSING DATA AND NEW PLATFORMS
What has actually changed in the art world since the introduction of the Fair Practice Code and Code Culturele Diversiteit? The under- and misrepresentation of women in the Dutch art world is undeniable. What is striking though is not just the lack of available data but also the lack of an intersectional approach in current research. It is not only extremely important to highlight different, intersecting mechanisms of oppression and exclusion, and how they work together, but also to question the binary categories of male and female. Only then we might be able to find solutions to the underlying, structural mechanisms of exclusion.
Panel 1: Data as a Catalyst of Change
The first panel addresses the importance of data as a catalyst of change with Agnès Saal, Galit Eilat, Pauline Salet and Astrid Kerchman.
Panel 2: New Platforms
The second panel focuses on what an intersectional approach can possibly entail. What questions, insights, new platforms and acts of resistance arise when we ‘live’ this intersectional approach? With Naomie Pieter and Tender Center (represented by Yin Yin Wong and Katherine MacBride) and others.

13:00 – 14:00: LUNCH

14.00 - 14:30: PERFORMANCE
by Marijke De Roover: Live, Laugh, Limerence

14.30 – 15.15: ART EDUCATION, DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT
Although the balance has started to shift, women students still dominate in the art schools in the Netherlands (70 percent of the intake in fine art courses between 2005-2013 were women). How is it then that the art-world continues to be for the most part male dominated? Art education has a key position in the chain. This is the place where it all begins. Although art schools should offer safe and challenging spaces, patriarchism and racist mechanisms seem to be still at play today. How can we work on change in art educational institutions?
Presentations by Petra Van Brabandt, Rosell Heijmen / School of Missing Men, Isis Germano and Nagaré Willemsen

15.15 – 15:30: BREAK
with coffee and tea

15:30 – 16:15: PANEL - MODELS FOR CHANGE
The time is here to bring about change. But how? How can we act, instead of acknowledging the status quo over and over again? What is really needed to bring about this much needed change? How to be solidary catalysts? These and other questions necessary to tackle in order to bring about change, will be explored with some of the speakers of today.

16:15 - 16.30: CLOSING REMARKS
by Nancy Jouwe and Delphine Bedel
16.30 – 17.30: DRINKS