Master Education in Arts presents: Learning with the Garden; Learning from the Land

We cordially invite you to a day of workshops, conversations/presentations, walks and field listening at the urban garden complex Volkstuinvereniging Streven naar Verbetering (SNV) in Rotterdam!

A typical urban garden such as SNV does not look like an experimental learning site at first, or as a place of (un)commoning practices that continuously negotiate between varying meanings, expertise and politics. It tends to be seen as an assemblage of tiny eclectic allotments and people of different ages and backgrounds who maintain the land and relations in the complex. Looking at it from a larger perspective, gardening is simultaneously a metaphor and a model for examining and (un)learning practices of environmental interventions. Learning with the Garden; Learning from the Land proposes to relate to this urban site of biologically and socially interdependent living beings through small-scale engagements and personal stories. Spending this day in the garden, we will explore how its soil, water, air, creatures and people trigger different scenarios of learning and co-responding. The slow process of relating to the interwovenness of the Earth’s human and non-human beings opens up the possibility of challenging institutional (or disciplinary) mechanisms that depend on a predefined method of observation and understanding. This land-based classroom invites us to experience learning through becoming together with the land and other people and sharing accountabilities, rather than through reporting and explaining those. We invite gardeners, students, artists, designers and educators to join us in imagining a non-disciplinary practiceof meaning-making which relies on embodied and intuitive experiences as tools.

With: Skye Maule-O’Brien (educator, researcher, WdKA); Victoria McKenzie (eco-warrior, academic-activist, choreographer), Tara Page (Head of PhD Art Practice and Learning, Goldsmiths, London),

Ida Hiršenfelder (sound artist and archivist), Irina Shapiro (designer, educator, events curator) and Renée Turner (artist and senior research lecturer WdKA).

This event is part of a larger event series called Co-respond: Bodies, Voices, Spaces in Art Education initiated by the MA Education in Arts / Piet Zwart Institute: Ingrid Commandeur (Course Director), Irina Shapiro and Renée Turner in collaboration with Jules Sturm (ZdHK, Zurich).

Practical information:

Location: Volkstuinvereniging Streven naar Verbetering, Roel Langerakweg 33, Rotterdam

Date: Friday June 3, 2022

Time: 10:30 – 18:00, drinks until 19:30

How to enrol: Attendance is free, but due to the event’s participatory nature, the number of places is limited to 40 people. Please enrol in time by sending an e-mail (with your name and contact details) to if you wish to attend.

Piet Zwart MFA at Venice 2022

The Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art is pleased to announce our participation in “Personal Structures”, an exhibition organized by the European Cultural Centre Italy coinciding with the 59th Venice Biennale. The works of current PZI MFA students will be on display at Palazzo Mora April 23rd until November 27th 2022. The MFA presents an exhibition within an exhibition curated by our friends Shimmer. 

This exhibition, I Must Be Living Twice, proposes an unfixed quality of artistic production, returning to the studio as a space of powerful inarticulation. We invite the method of the studio into the exhibition to resist the environmental impacts, demands of production pressure, and typecasting that often accompany exhibitions. We attend to the private, tender points in which decisions are made in an artwork. This is where artwork splits off, continues, changes, rejects, or is forgotten.

This collection of work is amassed from the off-cuts or the not-yet-decided of material processes. These are the trimmings, the unworked ideas, the might-have-been that ends up sidelined. These materials have yet to find a footing in an artwork. These could also be the ‘objects’ of influence of painting or your practice over time. Perhaps it is a mirror on the desk, the rocks you keep picking up, or the ever-growing folder of dolphin tattoos.

I Must Be Living Twice features the trimmings, edges, and studio fragments of artists currently enrolled in the Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art in Rotterdam and is curated by Eloise Sweetman and Jason Hendrik Hansma, co-directors of Shimmer art space.

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MIARD 2021 Alumni receive Architecture Grant Scheme, Stimuleringsfonds

MIARD 2021 Alumni Rachel Refael, Milena Sekulić and Gavin Oliver O’Leary have received the Architecture Grant Scheme from Stimuleringsfonds.

“Refael argues that our cities are faced with a progressive marginalization of sex-related places in the city. This is pushing queer culture and the sex work industry to the outskirts of the city, with gentrification happening in the Old Town. Through several personal interactions, the project aims to demonstrate the necessity of Red-Light Districts within cities in providing a platform for the people who depend on them. The research uses field research, mapping techniques and interviews to arrive at an extensive written and visual document. The focus is on three types of spaces: The Ball Room, The Brothel and The Sex Shop. For the project, Rachel Refael is collaborating with Milena Sekulić and Gavin Oliver O’Leary.”

“The proposal clearly describes how certain places that have a representative value to marginalized groups within society are slowly disappearing from the urban fabric, limiting their freedom of movement and putting them at risk of social isolation. This mapping gives one of these groups a voice and leaves room for a special polyphony that is of added value to the current debate about the city. The committee finds it interesting that the applicants themselves do not have a background in architecture, which means that a fresh perspective can be offered.”

The Architecture Grant Scheme supports projects that contribute to the quality, development, or understanding of the field of architecture.

Experimental Publishing SI17 Launch ‘This Box Found You For A Reason’

date: Friday 25 March, 18:00 – 21:00

location: Page Not Found
Boekhorststraat 126, Den Haag 

Page Not Found and the Master Experimental Publishing (XPUB) at the Piet Zwart Institute,
Willem de Kooning Academy,
invite you to the launch of the Special Issue #17 “This Box Found You For A Reason”.

Under the guidance of artist Lídia Pereira and the XPUB staff, the master students explored how (video) games features are making us more, not less, productive. Life and work are ‘gamified’ through social media, dating apps, and fitness apps designed to increase motivation and productivity. Gamification blurs the lines between play, leisure and labour, to release our collective dopamine for profit. Games in themselves often perform a reproductive role, presenting capitalism as a system of natural laws, exemplified by in-game predatory monetisation schemes. On the other hand, games provide necessary down time and relaxation, helping people function in a largely dysfunctional economy and society. Yet leisure remains a contested space which is still unequally distributed, between genders, ethnicities and abilities. The form of the publication reworks the figure of the loot box, a typically virtual and predatory monetization scheme.

The launch features presentations by the XPUB students and a discussion with Sepp Eckenhaussen & Koen Bartijn from Platform BK ( ) who take the economics of the publication as entry point into larger questions of how the labour of artists and designers is valued and what structures, guidelines and policies can help (small scale) institutions ensure that these practices remain sustainable.

This is a free event.

The publication is co-published by Page Not Found and XPUB, and made by Ål Nik (Alexandra Nikolova), Carmen Gray, Chaeyoung Kim, Emma Prato, Erica Gargaglione, Francesco Luzzana, Gersande Schellinx, Jian Haake, Kimberley Cosmilla, Miriam Schöb, Mitsa Chaida and Supisara Burapachaisri.

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Reading Group – Co-respond: Bodies, Voices, Spaces in Art Education

Call for Participation

We are pleased to invite you to take part in the reading group Co-respond: Bodies, Voices, Spaces in Art Education (March – June 2022), which is set up as part of an ongoing collaboration between the MA Education in Arts / PZI and the MA Art Education at Zurich University of the Arts.

The reading group, hosted by Irina Shapiro (PZI) and Jules Sturm (ZdHK), will comprise a regular series of hybrid physical and screen-based encounters in which participants discuss themes like embodied learning, material sense-making, hybrid corporeal-digital practices, educative gardening and transformative pedagogies. Within these gatherings, correspondence is both a theme and an approach. It is a concept embraced for its summoning of the relational, in the sense of how one thing connects or corresponds to another, or how one group of people connects to another. It is also used quite simply as a form, where conversations slowly unfold through the act of letter writing or other communicative exchanges. Reading in this context is understood as an act of engaging with texts and sites through observations and listening practices, bodily driven cartographies, and more.

The reading group serves as a testing place for emerging art educators’ pedagogical ideas and gestures affiliated with the proposed theme, and intends to share and rehearse practices in co-engaged art education. The reading group is the starting point of a larger series of events organized by the MA Education in Arts at Piet Zwart Institute under the same title.

For Whom? Students (Master level), alumni*ae, teachers and others who are professionally interested and/or affiliated with the community and network of this collaborative initiative.

How to participate? The sessions are scheduled on Thursday evenings from 18:00 until 20:00 on the following dates: March 17, March 31, April 28, May 19, June 23. Participation is free of charge. There are two possible ways of participating: 1) as a contributor 2) as an attendee. Contributors can propose and organize guest presenters, put forward their own ideas, and/or develop a specific format for one of the sessions. A budget will be available for invited guests and production costs.

Please send a short motivational letter to Sun Chang,, in which you briefly introduce yourself and tell us about your reasons for participating in the reading group. Deadline for submission is March 11.

Close Encounters: PROVOKING CHANGE

WdKA/PZI Master Design – Expertlezing Bas Kortmann & Yosser Dekker

Wanneer: dinsdag 22 februari 2022 – 17.30-18.30 uur

Locatie: Wijnhaven 61, WH 4.139

Taal: Nederlands

In zijn design research onderzoekt ruimtelijk ontwerper en theatermaker Bas Kortmann (o.a. theatergroep Powerboat) hoe sociale interactie kan worden uitgelokt, begrepen, geleid en ondersteund door de toepassing van een dramaturgisch perspectief. PULSE, in het Engels: provoke, understand, lead, support and expand.

Kortmann nodigt Dekker, oprichter en artistiek directeur van Bureau Ruimtekoers, uit om te vertellen hoe hij zijn maatschappelijke projecten regisseert en vormgeeft, en waarom dit belangrijk is in zijn praktijk.

Dekker is een programmamaker, die samen met de stad en haar inwoners nieuwe verhalen creëert. Als design researcher ontwikkelt hij concepten en modellen waarmee hij diverse doelgroepen d.m.v. kunst en participatie betrekt bij maatschappelijke thema’s en uitdagingen. Hij initieerde het festival Ruimtekoers, richtte een academie op en runt een platform van makers die willen bijdragen aan rechtvaardige buurten, wijken, dorpen en steden.

Door Dekkers open houding, inlevingsvermogen en vermogen goed te luisteren, dringt hij snel door in de haarvaten van de gemeenschap en enthousiasmeert hij mensen om mee te doen. Vanuit zijn technische achtergrond en ervaring als projectleider weet hij complexe trajecten snel vorm te geven en te realiseren vanuit het menselijke aspect. Mensen met verschillende achtergronden verbinden en met creatieve concepten duurzaam draagvlak creëren is hem op het lijf geschreven. Maar hoe doet hij dit?

Samen onderzoeken Kortmann en Dekker hoe sociale interactie en participatie geregisseerd kunnen worden. Hoe provoceert en start je participatieve projecten, en hoe onderzoekt en begrijpt je de behoeften en kwaliteiten van de participanten? Is het mogelijk om een ​​project te leiden en te sturen, maar toch een gevoel van eigenaarschap bij de deelnemers te ontwikkelen? Daarover gaat deze expertlezing, waarin het publiek ook deelneemt.­­­

Credits image: Ruimtekoers, Festival Zonnestof (Arnhem 2020)

Online Open Day 2022

Online Open Day – February 12, 2022

Online Open Day Piet Zwart Institute
Saturday February 12, 2022

Join us for the Piet Zwart Institute Online Open Day. Below you will find more specific information per Master Program, the times and their online programming during the day.

The Piet Zwart Institute houses four full-time Master programmes, Interior Architecture: Research + Design (MIARD); Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design, which encompasses Fine Art (MFA) Lens-Based Media (LB) and Experimental Publishing (XPUB) and two part-time Master programmes, Education in Arts (MeiA) and Master Design.

Please note additional dates:

As the 12th of February coincides with the Lens-Based staff and students’ participation in the Research Lab Screenings at the EYE Film Museum in Amsterdam, Lens-Based Media will welcome prospective students to an online Q&A session on Tuesday 15th of February. See below for details.

In addition to this Online Open Day we would like to offer students the opportunity to still get a taste of the academy. Therefore we organize IRL tours through the buildings (Wijnhaven and Kareldoormanhof) on Wednesday, February 16 and our current students will show you our Stations, studios and other facilities. If you’re interested in joining one of these tours, please send an email to

Master Interior Architecture: Research + Design, MIARD
13.00 – 15.00 hr (CET)
Location: Online
Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 940 9489 7922
Passcode: 400302 

Our Open Day this year is online. During our virtual gathering you will get a chance to learn more about the program and speak directly with members of the staff, students, and alumni. Please let us know if you will join the online session. Send us an email at to confirm your attendance by February 10. 

To know more about us, you can visit our online MIARD Archive to see the work of our students and alumni, review the recent program announcements and see a list of the exhibitions and publications, here. You can visit the Piet Zwart Institute and Willem de Kooning Academy websites for further information on the program and institutes. 

If you are not able to attend on February 12, email us to schedule an online or in-person meeting. If you would like to visit and meet members of the program in-person, send us an email to make an appointment. 

Building Tour: Wednesday, February 16. 

We look forward to seeing you soon,
On behalf of the MIARD community 

Experimental Publishing
11.00 – 16.00 hr (CET)
Location: Online

XPUB will have two open day moments, both with the same structure; select the time that best fits your timezone.

The first session will be a 11:00 CET and the second at 16:00 CET.


After a short introduction to the course (15 mins), you can move between three breakout rooms where you can ask: (A) administrative questions, (B) questions to teachers in the course, (C) and to meet and ask questions with current students (45 mins).

For more information and online links: join us here:

Lens-Based Media

We warmly welcome you to take part in the Master Fine Art & Design: Lens-Based Media – online Open Day to find out more about our program. Course director and tutors will give a presentation about the course and afterwards there will be time for an elaborate, informal Q&A with staff and students.

Please note: the 12th of February coincides with the Lens-Based staff and students’ participation in the Research Lab Screenings at the EYE Film Museum in Amsterdam (for information about the event, please visit:

The Lens-Based Media program will therefore welcome prospective students to an online Q&A session on Tuesday 15th of February.

We will have two open day moments, both with the same structure.


11:00 CET [reaching out to European – African and Asian timezones]


16:00 CET [for the Americas].

Should you like to join one of these sessions, please send an email to

with the title: LB OPEN DAY – 11:00 CET or LB OPEN DAY – 16:00 CET.

For general questions about the course please send an email to:

Master Fine Art
11.00 – 14.00 hr (CET)
ZOOM link:

11:00-11:45  Danny Giles, course director of Fine Art, presents on program (focus on curriculum structure)
12:00-12:45 Federica Bueti & Bernd Krauss (tutors on the course)
13:00- 13:45 Cannach MacBride & Katarina Zjedlar (tutors on the course

Building Tour: Wednesday, February 16.
Tour will start at 12.00hr. and will take up until 13.00hr.
Please sign up via before Tuesday February 15, 16.00hr.

MA Education in Arts (Research in Art and Design Education and Collective Practices)
11.00 – 12.30 hr (CET)
Location: Online

We warmly welcome you to take part in the MA Education in Arts – on line Open Day to find out more about our program! Course director and tutors will give a presentation about the course and afterwards there is time for an elaborate, informal Q & A with staff and students. Additionally, there is an opportunity to visit the program at location during our Open Information Meeting at March 11.

Please subscribe before Friday 11 February via the email: We kindly ask you to provide us your name, background (discipline) and a short description of what interests you in our master program. Zoom link will be send after subscription and published on the website a few days beforehand. We encourage everyone to subscribe.

Please find below the zoom link for the meeting:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 919 9860 0339
Passcode: 971655

To learn more please visit: Can’t attend? Visit one of our other Open Information Meetings >

Master Design
11.30 am – 13.30 pm
Location: Online


Meeting ID: 997 8257 8448
Passcode: 635116

>Sign up for our Open Day by sending an email to

Based on their own design questions, students within the Master Design learn to do designerly and in-depth design research. They constantly reflect on what they discover and convey their work and expertise through storytelling. They combine and integrate this part-time master with their design practice, renew their own role and in this way that of creative professionals in society and organizations. They contribute to social, environmental and technological change. The combination of participatory work and authorship is fundamental.

Join us in our online Open Day to find out more on our course and get your questions answered.

11.30 am – 12.15 pm > Information on the Master Design and questions in general
12.15 pm – 12.45 pm > Student work and experiences
12.45 pm – 13.15 pm > Talk about the type of project you would want to do within the Master Design
13.15 pm – 13.30 pm > Round up and invitation to come to our Preliminary Workshops

And for information in general:

NB We also participate in the Wdka Student Talk Week with a general Master Talk, Thursday 3 February,  19:00-20:00 pm:

MIARD: Call for Applications 2022

Application deadline: March 16, apply here.
Open Day online: February 12, visit here for details.

MIARD is an international Master program with a focus on practice-led research. We teach our students to look beyond disciplinary norms with a critical, imaginative and multidisciplinary approach to their work to gain a better understanding of the complex issues surrounding their field of practice. Interior Architects are faced with new realities, technologies and socio-political, environmental and economic challenges; consequently, the practice of the designer needs to expand, react and set future forms. At MIARD, design as research is viewed as multidimensional, circulating along numerous pathways and scales, from the local to the global, from objects to architecture and beyond. Our proactive approach to education creates a sense of openness, possibility and intellectual rigor.

Students develop their practice-led research with critically reflective, theoretical and historical discourse. The curriculum is multidisciplinary, designed with a distinguished community of international staff from diverse backgrounds who share and combine their expertise and resources. It’s imagined holistically with corresponding modules: Thematic Design Projects, Critical Strategies, Multiple Media and the Graduation Project. To further enrich a student’s professional experience and network, the program emphasizes the concept of making public. We actively exhibit and promote student work, participate in professional events and organize external collaborations.

Digital archive: Visit our online archive to learn more about the program and the projects—including the awards, scholarships, publications, exhibitions, and professional collaborations of our students and alumni.

Piet Zwart Institute houses the international Master programs of the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. The institute is named after the pioneering Dutch designer, Piet Zwart, who worked experimentally across media and contexts. It offers a rich combination of in-depth specialization and interdisciplinary exchange within an intimate learning environment.

Staff 2021–22: Alex Augusto Suárez (course director, architect, educator), Golnar Abbasi (artist, architect, researcher), Andrea Bagnato (architect, editor), Cookies, Federico Martelli & Clément Périssé (architects, designers, researchers), Daphne Heemskerk (graphic designer), Kris Dittel (curator, editor, writer), Ephraim Joris (architect, tutor), Studio Ossidiana, Alessandra Covini & Giovanni Bellotti (architects, designers, researchers), Olivier Otten (interaction designer).

Recent guests, speakers & studio visits:
Aristide Antonas, Alessandro Bava, Arna Mačkić, Ameneh Solati, Bastiaan de Nennie, Bikvanderpol, Cooking Sections, Counterspace, Chris Kabel, Dima Srouji, Erik Rietveld, Ethel Baraona Pohl, Formafantasma, Gabriel Lester, Giuseppe Licari, Hilary Sample, Ivan Lopez Munuera, Irene Sunwoo, JODI, Kirsten Algera, Koehorst in t’veld, Kuehn Malvezzi, Lois Weinthal, Luca Moscelli, Marina Otero Verzier, Mark Wigley, Michiel van Iersel, Moad Musbahi, Natasha Marie Llorens, Niels Schrader, Nick Axel, Noman Studio, OS&OOS, Penny Sparks, Point Supreme, Rachaporn Choochuey, Rafaël Rozendaal, Random Studio, Riet Eeckhout, Shumi Bose, Simone C. Niquille, Studio Folder, Studio Truly Truly, Space Popular, Suzie Attiwill, Tamar Shafrir, Team Thursday, Tijs Gilde, Tomas Saraceno.

Applications now open for the Master of Education in Arts for the academic year 2022/2023

March 16, 2022: Priority deadline for completed applications of Dutch and EU applicants. Final deadline NON EU applicants.

April 28, 2022: Final deadline for completed applications of Dutch and EU applicants.

Research in Art & Design Education and Community Practices

What is the significance of material practices and embodiment for artistic research and education in the current era of social distancing and digital conferencing? How can we develop an art-driven, interdisciplinary pedagogy within secondary education? What are the main challenges when it comes to forging transdisciplinary connections between the arts and sciences in education? How do we look at art mediation from the perspective of sustainability and diversity? How do pivotal topics in our current circumstances – like the climate crisis, intersectionality and decolonialization – influence our view on education in the future? Would you like to do in-depth research on a question of your own choosing within a collective learning community? If so, the Master of Education in Arts at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, might be something for you.

The Master of Education in Arts admission committee reviews applications, interviews, and accepts candidates on a rolling basis from February 2022 to April 2022, until all positions in the cohorts are filled. We strongly encourage you to apply early and to attend our February 12, 2022 Open Day, or one of our Open Information Meetings. Information & how to sign up you can find here.

Application procedure
Please use our online application tool if you wish to apply. Please check all the requirements here
For questions (content wise) about the application procedure, please contact us via:
E-mail: For more information, please consult:

Credits images: Photo by Michael van der Beijl (work by Darly Banneker), Lisanne Janssen, Diogo Rinaldi and Urte Baranauskaite.