Out Now: no city without art #2

Platform BK and Kunstenbond present the research report: Geen Stad Zonder Kunst #2. In this article, you can read the most important conclusions (in English), download the full report (in Dutch), and learn more about No City Without Art.


The research report GSZK#2 offers a comparative overview of policies on studio space in six Dutch cities: The Hague, Tilburg, Arnhem, Maastrischt, Utrecht, and Amsterdam. It is a valuable practical tool for artists, politicians, and managers of social real estate. The report is the result of the national campaign for affordable living and working space for artists conducted by Platform BK and the Dutch Arts Union under the title ‘Geen Stad Zonder Kunst’ (No City Without Art). We conclude that self-organized collectives and studio foundations should create more social real estate, to counter the decrease in social real estate provided by municipalities and housing corporations resulting from national legislation.



The report formulates four important recommendations to the national government:

  • Make sure that social real estate remains.
  • Make sure that those individuals and organizations that depend on social real estate can continue to rent this real estate.
  • Support and stimulate cooperative modes of ownership and governance.
  • Involve artists in policy-making, don’t talk about them but with them.


What is GSZK? Yuri Veerman made a Geen Stad Zonder Kunst-videoclip (in Dutch):

About Joram Kraaijeveld

Joram Kraaijeveld is a producer, curator, teacher, and writer. He aims to improve the position of the artist and acknowledgment of the value of the arts to society. He works to support active forms of solidarity within and beyond the arts. He was involved in the development of the Labor Market Agenda for the Cultural and Creative Sector 2021-2024 (Arbeidsmarktagenda voor de Culturele en Creatieve Sector 2021-2024), the Artist Fee Guideline, and the Fair Practice Code. On behalf of Platform BK and together with Bart Stuart, he authored the report 'Geen Stad Zonder Kunst', a comparative study of governance models for artist studio space in The Netherlands. Joram teaches art theory at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, where he is also the chairperson of the Editorial Board for Incercurricular Programs. He has worked as a curator for SMBA, Van Abbemuseum, De Brakke Grond & Museum Dr. Guislain, Schloss Ringenberg, Metropolis M, and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, among other places. Articles by his hand have been published by Metropolis M, Boekman, and Kunstlicht. He is the chairperson of Platform BK, committee member of CAWA, and member of the housing coop Het Nieuwe Bajesdorp.