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Symposium | Moving futures

Date:  26th October, 10 – 17.30
Place: Leeuwarden, National Keramiekmuseum Princessehof and the Fries Museum
Cost: €95,- (incl VAT, coffee, lunch and drinks)
Language: English (translation in Japanese)

The symposium will take place within the framework of Leeuwarden-Fryslân Culture Capital of Europe 2018 and has the exhibition Made in Holland: 400 years of a global brand as a background. With Made in Holland, the National Ceramics Museum Princessehof presents four Dutch success stories: Delftware, Maastricht earthenware, art nouveau and Dutch Design.

The reason for the symposium are the changes of the ceramic industry in various regions in Europe, America, and Asia on the one hand, and a revival of interest in ceramics on the other hand among artists, designers, and museums. In an earlier symposium in Arita in 2016 four different directions were defined in which regions with ceramic industry can develop. Regions with traditional ceramic workshops and factories can focus on the leisure economy/leisure / tourism (Dehua, Stoke-on-Trent, Sevres, Zsolnay). Factories can focus on brand awareness (branding) or product differentiation (design). We will have to look at technological developments and how to stimulate the market.

The symposium will be opened by Arno Brok,  King’s Commissioner of Friesland. Among the speakers are Clare Twomey, Wen Li (Vice-President of the China Dream Valley Industrial Park) and Michiel de Bruijcker.

Special Guest is prof dr Carl Rohde who researched the future of ceramics with a Ceramic Cool Hunt in Japan, England, and the Netherlands. During the symposium, he will present in two sessions his research, which was backed up by the University of Derby, England and the Prefecture of Saga, Japan, Dutch Culture and the embassies of the Netherlands in Beijing, Seoul, and Tokyo.

The National Ceramics Museum Princessehof in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, is one of the most important ceramics museums in the world. It exists for 100 years and has a rich collection that has a geographic focus on Europe and Asia and which is both contemporary and classic in character. It makes exhibitions that present ceramics as cultural connectors and where prominent artists and designers present to the general public. It is located in the 18th-century city palace of Maria-Louise of Hesse Kassel, ancestor of all European royal families.

The symposium is organized in cooperation with Sundaymorning@ekwc, the European Ceramic Workcentre. Sundaymorning @ ekwc is the national center for the development of ceramics in visual arts, applied art, and architecture. It has functioned for almost 50 years as a knowledge center and an artist residence and is one of the world’s most important ceramics centers.

The Moving Futures symposium will take place on 26 October 2018 in the National Keramiekmuseum Princessehof and the Fries Museum, both Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. The symposium will be held in English with translation to Japanese.

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