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Nieuw en Meer, a leading Amsterdam artist collective, houses 100+ workshops/studios, significantly shaping the city's creative and ecological landscapes and enriching its vibrant cultural tapestry.


Petit Samois 2024-07-06



On the first Saturday after 'Samois-sur-Seine / Fontainebleau in France, an annual Gipsy Jazz Festival commemorating the musical legacy of Django Reinhardt, "Petit Samois" is organized annually, located among the gypsy wagons in the backyard of Nieuw en Meer.

This music festival was launched in 1990 on the initiative of the residents and bassist Cor Jonker. It has become a tradition that even after Cor's relocation, is continued by the residents every year.

Gipsy jazz musicians are kindly requested to register preferably up to a week in advance at +316 27458547

OCEANUS. A new ritual 2019 - 2021

Rituals resemble stones; they are imperturbable, unalterable and self- contained. Rituals are the exact opposite of human indefiniteness. Rituals release the participants from their daily questions and insecurities. Rituals can tame emotions without suppressing them. Rituals clasp the individual in the firm grip of the group. Rituals communicate that which nobody is able to express or understand. Rituals assuage the desire for meaning through their perfect form. Rituals give the person something to hold on to as compensation for his/her lack of ‘completeness’.

– Walter Weyns

Oceanus was an object-based performance made entirely from ceramics, developed by Erin and Gosia during a three-month residency at the European Ceramic Work Centre in Oisterwijk.

In this interactive performance, the audience was invited to connect with the phenomenon of water. Water is often taken for granted, yet the water scarcity in the Netherlands in the hot summer of 2018 served as a poignant reminder of its preciousness. With climate change, many people around the world now face uncertainty about clean drinking water.

Looking to create a ritual to show our reverence and gratitude towards water, Oceanus guided the audience past three ceramic altars: two ceramic hands, representing water as a scarcity; a ceramic boat symbolising water's role in connecting people and goods; and a bathtub, representing water in abundance.

As the audience moved from altar to altar, they held small ceramic objects in their hands, such as droplets, noses and ears, and became part of the work. During the procession, dancers performed rituals to guide the participants through a meditative experience deeply appreciative of the water in our lives.

Kunst Corso 2024-05-25

The Art Corso unites all forms of art and grows into a unique spectacle. The Art Corso is a footstep-driven parade with over 16 floats that brings art to the streets. With the Art Corso, we celebrate Amsterdam's vibrant arts and cultural sector and advocate for a livable and affordable city for everyone. Because what kind of city does Amsterdam want to be?

Saturday, May 25, 2024, starting at 1:00 PM. For the third year in a row, the Cultural Stelling van Amsterdam (CSA) presents a festive tribute to its city with the Amsterdam Art Corso, winding its way through Amsterdam. The Corso starts at 1:00 PM in Vondelpark and goes through Museumplein, Leidsestraat to Dam Square, Rozengracht, Haarlemmerplein, and ends with a finale at Stenen Hoofd!


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Artists in Residence

Since the beginning of 2014 the artist community Nieuw en Meer offers a studio special for guests. The residence is open to artists of all disciplines and for a period of one up to three months. Read more about Artist in Residence

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Originally the Nieuw en Meer complex was a weapons and ammunition depot of Defense. The first buildings date from 1918 and were part of the Defence Line of Amsterdam. Until the early eighties of the 20th century the site was in use of Defense. After the last conflict in 1962 in, at that time, ‘Dutch New Guinea’, the military stores fell into disuse.

On June 25, 1988, when Marco van Basten caused a collective ecstasy in the Netherlands, the buildings at Oude Haagseweg 51 at the outskirt of Amsterdam, were squatted by a group of artists an activists from the squat at Conradstraat 11.

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Foundation “Nieuw & Meer”
Oude Haagseweg 51, 1066 DC Amsterdam
Tenants association “Niks Minder”
Allocation committee
Artist in Residence