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 Kunstkamp 2024: I want to live in the country (and other romances)

Het Lage Noorden

Zeedijk 8
9073 TN Marrum


Kunsthuis SYB - VHDG - Keunstwurk - Netwerk Cultuur & Natuur - Het Lage Noorden

vr, 24 mei 2024 - 14.00 / zo, 26 mei 2024 - 14.00

 Kunstkamp 2024: I want to live in the country (and other romances)

On May 24, 25 & 26, Kunsthuis SYB and VHDG will organize a weekend with workshops and talks at Het Lage Noorden, close to the Waddenzee, with the support of Keunstwurk and Netwerk Cultuur & Natuur.

The three-day program embraces the landscape as a stage for artistic and curatorial practices. Artists and curators are invited to apply and take part in this collective learning on the intersection of art and nature.

In 1976 the renowned performance and video artist Joan Jonas created the influential work ‘I want to live in the country (and other romances)’. In it, she juxtaposes the location of the artist studio and scenes from the rural area of Nova Scotia. The film forms a common thread for the Kunstkamp program by addressing artistic and curatorial experiences of rural landscapes.

Living in the countryside in the Netherlands and particularly in Fryslân, is a complex affair for artists and curators these days. While nature continues to appeal to artists and draw them in, the actual experience of living or working in the countryside often remains only on a note of personal romance. It’s something to dream of, while the city sounds and mutter are entering the studio from the busy streets. At Het Lage Noorden, in close proximity to the sea, the organizational team invites participants to leave their studios and interact with the landscape of Fryslân. The program consists of workshops, screenings and talks with curators and artists, such as Louwrien Wijers, Giulia Damani, Hans den Hartog Jager, Gabriëlle Schleijpen, Cocky Eek and Navid Nuur. The full program will be announced in the coming weeks.

Practical info: Date: Friday 24, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May 2024.

Cost: €75. Language: English Participants of Kunstkamp will camp on the grounds of Het Lage Noorden in Marrum.

Included in the cost are; a camping spot on the campsite, two meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner in the canteen and use of the facilities on the campsite. There is room for 40 participants.

You need to bring your own camping gear. Think of: tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, toiletries. Is it not possible for you to stay in a tent or do you not have your own camping gear, please let us know via We will look for a solution together.

Own transportation: You can easily get to Het Lage Noorden by car. There is plenty of parking space on site.

Public transport and bus transfer: From Leeuwarden, a bus (line 154) goes to Het Lage Noorden every 15 minutes. The bus station can be found at the front of the train station, on the left when you walk out of the departure hall.

You get off the bus at the Provinciale weg stop in Marrum. From the bus stop it is about a 40-minute walk to the venue. We offer a bus transfer from the bus stop: Friday: between 14:00 and 15:00, several times, info to follow. Sunday: between 12:00 and 14:00, several times, info to follow.

Sunday, bus 154 leaves from Provinciale road stop from 14:30, every hour to Leeuwarden.

Address: Het Lage Noorden Zeedijk 8 9073 TN Marrum

Friday 24 May

14:00 Incheck/ arrival
16:00 Networking event
16:20 Gameplay explanation by Teodóra Róka
18:00 End Netwokringevent
18:45 Opening Kunstkamp
19:00 Diner
19:45 Introduction by Koen Bartijn and Arnisa Zeqo
20:30 Workshop Giulia Damiani
21:30 End workshop

Saturday 25 May

09:00 Breakfast
10:00 Morningwalk
11:00 Workshop Louwrien Weijers
11:00 Workshop Cocky Eek
13:00 Lunch
15:00 Workshop Milena Bonilla
15:00 Workshop Neringa Forest Architecture: Jurga Daubaraitė & Jonas Žukauskas
16:30 End workshops – free time until diner
18:30 Diner
20:00 Suprise screening

Sunday 26 May
09:00 Breakfast Kantine
10:00 Packing Camping stuff
11:00 Workshop Navid Nuur
11:00 Workshop Hans den Hartog Jager
12:00 End workshop – more packing
13:00 Lunch & End of Kunstkamp
13:45 Check Out

In the week prior to Kunstkamp all participants will receive an email with practical information.

Do you have any questions regarding camping? Send an email to

Kunstkamp is a collaboration of Kunsthuis SYB, VHDG, Keunstwurk, Netwerk Cultuur & Natuur and Het Lage Noorden 2024. Design: Xiaoyuan Gao