Solidarity Sessions #1: Info-exchange

Join us this Wednesday, May 6th, for an info exchange on the cultural sector and the corona crisis. With artists, experts, and room for questions.


What issues are artists, independent exhibition spaces, institutions, and the webs of networks around them, facing in light of the corona-crisis? Join us live via W139’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCULMixWxky4DhP7q7ZaWGrA) on Wednesday May 6th, at 8 p.m, for an info session and open conversation on the corona-crisis and the cultural sector for artists and cultural workers.

This is an informational, interactive livestream about the current situation in the Netherlands in regards to COVID-19 and its impact on the art and cultural sector. We will be joined by several artists, a lawyer, and a union representative. During this session, we’ll be discussing:
▸ Personal stories about the situations artists are facing now.
What work is being done in living rooms and on balconies around the country?
▸ The current situation with governmental support systems, such as TOZO and TOGS, including possible (legal) pitfalls.
▸ Obstacles and opportunities for funding for the cultural field, specifically for artists and self-employed workers.
▸ What the different organisations and platforms are doing and working on to help you.
▸ What the (near) future might look like and how we can plan for it.

This session is organised by a collaborative effort from Platform BK, Salwa Foundation, and W139, and has been initiated by Margarita Osipian. W139 is virtually hosting the event. In this art space a group of artists are working through this lock down and will set up a virtual environment where we can come together in their exhibition ‘market’. We hope that in this space we can openly share questions, concerns, and fears, and stand in stronger solidarity with one another.

Speakers will include Jeremy Bierbach from Franssen Advocaten, who are experts in immigration law, and Platform BK and Kunstenbond who are representing artists and cultural organisations and are lobbying on a local and national level.

Contributing artists include Eshan Fardjadniya, Alina Lupu, Julia Sokolnicka, and Yara Said. 〰️ More speakers to be confirmed 〰️

We want to share all the available information out there with you, we feel it is important to hear artists’ voices in this session, and we want to ask you to send in your questions to us, so we can take them into account in preparing our answers for you. You can email us until 5pm on May 5th with your questions at info@w139.nl.

About Platform BK

Platform BK researches the role of art in society and takes action for a better art policy. We represent artists, curators, designers, critics and other cultural producers.