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Art in the Eastern Docklands Amsterdam


Between the decay of the old port and the recent redevelopment of the Eastern Docklands, many artists moved into the area in search for affordable workroom. They squatted the harbour buildings left behind by the shipping companies and used them as their studios.

The atmosphere of freedom in the half deserted area, the openness of the waterlandscape and the rich historical associations made the Eastern Docklands a perfect location for creative activities. As the dutch writer Geert Mak described it, the docklands were a rough wonderland, harbouring squatters, artists and city nomades. Many of the old artists still live and work in the area and their influence is unmistakably recognizeble in the culture belt that grew on the banks of the IJ. Artists were also invited to create art for the public space of the redeveloped district, often with very high quality results. Here is a list of artists presenting their work on the internet.

Mark Verdoes, photograpy

A. Andreas & Judith Veenema, paintings, multimedia, installations

Irene Beuker/Orloff, sound & image

Sigrid van Essel, paintings

Bert Franssen, photography

Marijke de Goey, sculpture, jewelry

Netty Gelijsteen, paintings, drawings, grafphics, installations, action art

Regina Jacometti, paintings, drawings

Eline Jeurissen, macrophotography

Gabriël van Hoften, paintings

Gemma van Hoften, chalk drawings

Aleida Leeuwenberg, paintings

Jikke van Loon, sculpture

Eva van der Meer, decors, furniture, paintings

Hans van der Pas, gabelstones

Marlies Rekers, paintings, drawings, graphics

De Rietlanden exposities, expositions

Heleen Rittershuis, photography

Guy Rombouts, objects,  bridges on Java-Island 

Eveline Swidde, paintings, drawings, sculpture

Mirjam Terpstra, photography 

Anneke Timmerman, paintings

Hans Versteeg, photography 

Joke van Vlijmen, photography 

Bert Weverling, paintings


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Portal of Amsterdam's Eastern Docklands. © Visual Text, Amsterdam.