Rob Knijn

In the penultimate episode of the Artist-Run Network Europe (ARNE) podcast, Ormston House’s Niamh Brown speaks with artist, curator and co-founder of Alternative Art Guide, Rob Knijn.

Rob Knijn is an artist, curator, and cultural organiser and initiator based in The Hague, The Netherlands. Knijn is the founder of Alternative Art Guide; the largest online overview of non-profit, artist-run and independent spaces, with over 1700 listings worldwide. In 2022, Alternative Art Guide and ARNE initiated Back to Normal, a collaborative and international exhibition and networking event questioning the role of the artist-run organisation in a post-pandemic world. Most recently, the Alternative Art Guide has brought the ARNE devised course “Artist-run, practice and theory” to the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. In this episode, Niamh and Rob discuss the activities of Alternative Art Guide and the process of bringing the ARNE course to The Hague.

About Artist-Run Network Europe:

Artist-Run Network Europe (ARNE) was a European project with focus on artist-run initiatives co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. In the course of two and a half years (October 2020–April 2023) the project hosted a range of activities, including exhibitions, conferences, workshops and lectures. The aim of ARNE was to strengthen the self-organised artist-run sector in Europe with focus on local and international cooperation, and to create a simple information framework for art professionals and art students, namely through a collaborative online platform, Artist-Run Resource Centre (ARRC).

Ormston House’s involvement in the ARNE project was co-funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and Limerick Arts Office.

Partners: Candyland, Stockholm (SE), Ormston House (IE), The Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association, Vilnius (LT), >top – Association for the Promotion of Cultural Practice, Berlin (DE), The Syndicate of Creatures, Copenhagen (DK), The Alternative Art Guide, The Hague (NL), and Totaldobre, Riga, (LV).

Associated Partners: Artist-Run Alliance, Berlin/Tel Aviv (DE/IL), Aarhus Center for Visual Art/Juxtapose Art Fair, Aarhus (DK), Konstfack – University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm (SE), Supermarket – Stockholm Independent Art Fair (SE)


Image: Back to Normal at The Hague, The Netherlands. Courtesy of The Alternative Art Guide and ARNE.
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