Founder Joke Bakker-Jansen (MSc Economics/CPA) had a 25-year international business career in the financial sector, before turning her love for art into practice by starting a parttime master in Arts, Culture & Society and OpenArtExchange.
In 2018, Anne Ruth finished her master degree in Art, Culture and Society and worked for one year at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. After that, she joined Joke in establishing OAE as a solid international art gallery.
Hoogstraat 85, 3111 HC, Schiedam, The Netherlands
OpenArtExchange would like to showcase art forms, ideas and stories from promising non-Western artists in the Western art scene next to and in dialogue with Western artists. Although we focus on visual art, curious as we are, we do not shy away from cross-overs to other art disciplines like dance, music or poetry. Through our activities, we aim to let people experience, contemplate and appreciate a wide range of artistic expressions and new ideas about art, values and society in different communities. But above all, we aim to have people from different backgrounds share the joy and magic of art in all its rich diversity.
OpenArtExchange explicitly seeks to collaborate with others in various areas. If you are interested, please get in touch with us. We will respond to you as soon as possible.
OpenArtExchange seeks collaboration with contemporary visual artists (collectives), particularly within the Rotterdam region, to shape its cultural exchange activities. This collaboration can vary from working with our affiliated artists on art projects, providing or participating in workshops, participating in our art and culture debates or other events, to renting studio space at our center.
OpenArtExchange would like to explore collaboration with corporates and art collectors who professionally manage and build art collections. In addition, OpenArtExchange is open to all companies that are interested in art and creativity and would like to make a contribution. This can vary from making their own building available for exhibiting art, sponsoring specific art events in kind, to taking creatively oriented culture and leadership training courses or renting appealing art spaces in our center for holding conferences and meetings (with or without catering by OpenArt Cafe).
OpenArtExchange seeks to collaborate with art and cultural institutions, both in the Netherlands, and the countries of origin of our artists and wider Europe. This can vary from aligning artistic programming around themes, joint programming of expositions or other community events, jointly developing a vision, to hiring guest curators, exchanging information, making use of each other’s platform and / or facilitating each other’s activities.
OpenArtExchange seeks to collaborate with educational institutions, including art colleges and universities, to shape cultural exchange, research and education activities. This can vary from jointly exchanging, developing or (mutually) providing master classes, facilitating research, providing learning and work experience places, having studio spaces available, or collaborating on art projects or other community events.
With its mode of operation, OpenArtExhange aims to strengthen the local community and, where suitable, deploy local employees or offer opportunities to people with a disadvantage in the labour market. As such, OpenArtExchange actively seeks cooperation with relevant local agencies.