Workshop Opportunity With Ruudt Peters Summer 2017

workshop RUUDT PETERS  assistant KOEN JACOBS

After the success of the last 16 years, this year Ruudt Peters begins his summer workshop under the title NOW RADICAL. Peters has been a professor at three of the most prestigious universities in Europe, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam 1990-2000, Ädellab at Konstfack University of Arts and Crafts in Stockholm 2004-2009, Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School in Florence 2009-2015. Through his Summer School he continues his teaching with a private program intended for students or graduates of art academies, and artists/designers/teachers who seek to deepen their work. Every year an international group of fine art artists and jewelry-makers participate in his workshop. The workshops are held in the countryside in the south of the Netherlands.

Jewellery making is a safe profession, it focuses on decoration and adornment. It is difficult to keep concepts clear to the end – the wearer looking always over the shoulder of the maker. In NOW RADICAL we will avoid the voice of society, of mothers and fathers, we will try to be as personally radical as possible. We will turn away from trends in the field, we seek a ‘radical’ that does not rage against an external machine… but instead challenges and overturns the regulations within our own practices. We have to go over borders before we see our own habits. In NOW RADICAL we will each seek a unique and personal ‘radicality’

In NOW RADICAL we emphasize an awareness of your place as artist/jewelry-maker in the world. NOW RADICAL takes the position between your self and the world. Between the real and the fake. In NOW RADICAL we encourage your own image and habits and firmly confront you with them through art and art-jewellery making. NOW RADICAL is about strength, we will positively convert this energy into art and art jewellery. In NOW RADICAL we will only use natural materials. Materials which are supplied raw from the earth. By treating these materials with respect there arises honor and another sort of form language - a language close to man, and the wearer of jewellery.

In this workshop NOW RADICAL we learn how to look, work and talk. We have to stand for what we are, and what we are making. NOW RADICAL is a workshop where we will discover and explore the power of the maker. You will fine tune and connect with our own radicality, guiding yourself on the way to delve deeper into your own visual language and see yourself better.

Together we will search for your own “RADICALITY”. This means that you will get in contact with yourself. We will guide you through your primary experience, teach you to formulate your own positions, and support you in translating this into making fine art and art jewellery. NOW RADICAL is about taking another approach at our experience of making, a statement about how you can relate to your own inner force. Artists, students and teachers are stimulated to produce work around this idea. By doing so, it is important that there is not only rational reflection, but also allowing the subconscious to enter into the work process. Each participant, fine-artist or art-jeweler will formulate the frame of her/his reference.

The NOW RADICAL course is built on a step-by-step process of education in which an end product is not the most important goal. The emphasis lies on personal guidance and development. The participants are given the tools with which to continue this process on their own. By means of direct action people learn to take steps.

This year we continue the ‘open call’ especially for students from art-schools, they can apply to attend NOW RADICAL for a reduced price of € 925,-- exclusive 21% VAT tax. There are 4 grants for young art-students and recent graduates who have completed studies in the last year.  Students who receive the grant will also have to do some supporting work during the workshop.  How to apply? Please send with your application: 1, Letter of recommendation from your professor. 2, Official certificate of registration from your university. 3, statement about why you want to attend the workshop and what you want to learn.

Dates: 7 till 13 August, 2017. 8.00-20.00 hrs total  ± 60 hrs teaching
Arrival: Monday, 7th August 2017, 9.00 hrs at Poelstraat 4 Ravenstein
The course starts: Monday, 7th August 2017, 10.00 hrs at the summer studio.
The course ends: Sunday, 13th August 2017, after breakfast.
Departure: Sunday, 13th August 2017, 11.00 hrs.
Place: Summer studio, Ravenstein. the Netherlands
Accommodations: 2 / 4 person rooms, St. Laurenshoeve, Ravenstein.
Price: Including accommodation, food, drinks, wine, and insurance.
€ 1850,-- euro exclusive 21% VAT tax

REGISTRATION Please mail to:
- application form
- 6 images of your work, only in 72 dpi.
- selfie photo of yourself
- curriculum vitae
- statement of motivation: why you like to follow NOW RADICAL

Number: ±12 persons can participate in the course
Language: English, German, Dutch,  
Registration closes: 1st  August 2017
Participation: Registrations are processed in the order in which they arrive.
Deposit: Upon acceptance the participant will make a deposit of
€ 925,-- euro  before the 1st May 2017

This sum confirms the participation and is not returnable.
Please transfer at : ABN-AMRO to: Marinus Petrus Peters, Berenstraat 17-C, Amsterdam,  the Netherlands,   IBAN NL12 ABNA 0590 4588 41  -   BIC-Swift  ABNANL2A
ABN AMRO BANK, Gustav Mahlerlaan 10, 1082 PP  Amsterdam, the Netherlands
(We don’t accept cheques)  

Discount: If we receive your application and total payment before the 1st of May 2017
a discount on the price will be given, discount price: € 1600,--  euro exclusive 21% VAT tax
Total payment: The total workshop fee has to be paid 1st August 2017 before the workshop starts.

Information and registration:
Ruudt Peters, Berenstraat 17-C, 1016 GG Amsterdam, the Netherlands:
For more information about Ruudt Peters see:
Koen Jacobs:
We would be very grateful if you would pass on this information to other interested artists & jewellery makers.                             

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