As a result of these changes, the upcoming Rijksakademie Open Studios will take place in April 2021. The shift of the residency year and the new dates for the Open Studios in the spring are permanent. By having the Open Studios in the spring, the participating artists can make even better use of the entire building, including the courtyard and the garden, for their presentations and performances. Moreover, the arrival of a new group of artists from all over the world is more appropriate and pleasant in the summer than in the dark winter months. The Rijksakademie is delighted that its important partner Amsterdam Art is supporting the decision and has subsequently moved the Art Weekend to 15–18 April 2021.
'More than ever we see the importance of art organisations working together to sustain a rich cultural ecosystem in the Netherlands and beyond. We are therefore extremely happy to continue our collaboration with Amsterdam Art Weekend. With spring as a natural time of renewal, we will, through this annual celebration of culture in the city, bring new energy and stimulate new perspectives in what we hope will be a better climate' Emily Pethick, director of the Rijksakademie.
Caroline van den Tempel, director of Amsterdam Art: 'The Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten has been an indispensable partner since the establishment of Amsterdam Art Weekend. The Open Studios is an annual highlight on Amsterdam's cultural agenda and a benchmark for the Dutch contemporary art scene. It is in this respect a logical choice to have the Amsterdam Art Weekend (15–18 April 2021) coincide with it.
‘Activating Pasts, Practising Futures’ is generously supported by our main partner Ammodo, with additional support from the Prins Bernhard' Cultuurfonds, Stichting De Gijselaar-Hintzenfonds, M.A.O.C. Gravin van Bylandt Stichting and the Creative Europe Programme – European Commission.