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Sand = little stone(s), Social Practices in the Arts

Workshop sessions for practitioners in the arts interested in deepening their knowledge of social practice

Practical information

Dates: Thursday 13 October, Thursday 3 November, Thursday 24 November  
Time: 1pm-4pm (informal lunch table during doors open from 12:30-1pm)  

Zuid. Boijmans Van Beuningen - Hillevliet 90
€25,- for three workshops including lunch.
Register and info via info.hillevliet@boijmans.nl

After registration you'll recieve a confirmation and payment info. Depending on the participantsthe workshop series will either be conducted in English or Dutch. Note that places are limited.


Is art in need of a shift from commodities to relationships? How do we engage with others in a meaningful and reciprocal way? How can our efforts become little stones that give shape to the sand of art practices today?

From local participatory art initiatives gaining new momenten over the past years, to the international scale of DOCUMENTA Fifteen, focussing on collectivity under artistic direction of ruangruppa collective, social practices have taken a big flight in the arts. 

For Zuid. Boijmans Van Beuningen, educator & public programs curator Docus van der Made and artist & Musée Légitime director Martin La Roche present a three episode series that explores the history and current practices of social practices in the arts, also known as Socially Engaged Art (SEA). During each of the sessions, participants engage with a core principle of SEA, first looked at through the lens of an influential and inspiring past art project, and then brought to life in the current context through a collective workshop assignment.  

Episodes: Reciprocity (Giving and Receiving), Breaking Boundaries (Learning and Listening), Interference (Making the Practical Poetical a.k.a. Guerrilla Poetics). Details on each episode following soon


Martin La Roche (Santiago Chile, 1988) studied Visual Arts at the University of Chile in Santiago and then in 2015 he completed a postgraduate program at the Jan Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, the Netherlands, and since then lives and works between Amsterdam and Santiago. His practice explores the construction and way of being of a network, considering for this the act of collecting, storytelling, publishing and playing. In 2017 he initiated the Musée Légitime, a nomad art institution that was born inside a hat. He is co-founder of Good Neighbour, an artist book platform that makes an art in the form of ‘words’.  He is also part of To see the inability to see, a collective research project around ‘archiveand ‘anarchive’.  

Docus van der Made (NL, 1987) is curator of eduction projects, public programs, and exhibitions. He works as theory teacher at ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem and Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, where he was project leader of the theory curriculum revision for the Bachelor of Fine Art in 2022. From 2015 to 2021 he worked at (FKA) Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art and the renamed Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam - first as Education Assistant and then as Curator of Academic and Public Programs. He holds a BA in Arts, Culture and Media at the RUG, Groningen and a Master’s degree in Art History: Modern and Contemporary Art (with honors) from VU University Amsterdam. Previous projects include exhibitions at TENT Rotterdam, Jan van Eyck Academy, and ArtEZ Arnhem, development of the temporary specialization course “The Artist-Educator” on social practices in the arts, and the coordination of two editions of the Prize for Young Dutch Art Criticism