About the Core Partners:


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The Foundation Ateliers ’89 offers Arubans and others interested from the Caribbean region an orientation on contemporary applied art and design. Workshops in different disciplines as painting, installations, video-art, photography, drawing, fashion, theatrical-design, ceramics, animation, graphic design and history of art are organized in a spacious, open and comfortable setting. Established foreign and local artist teach at the studio’s. Every workshop culminates in an exhibition which is open to the public. Furthermore, there are special workshops and tours of the exhibitions for children and young students. Ateliers ’89 works in close cooperation with a number of art academies in the Netherlands. This way, young talents who started off in the workshops of Ateliers ’89 can easily find their way to a Dutch academy.


The Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc. is a Caribbean non-profit, artist-led, interdisciplinary organization that supports creatives and promotes wise social, economic, and environmental stewardship through creative engagement with society and by cultivating excellence in the arts. The idea for Fresh Milk developed over years of conversations with other practicing artists around the need for artistic engagement amongst contemporary practitioners living and working in Barbados, with an expressed need to strengthen links with the region and the diaspora. Fresh Milk bridges the divides between creative disciplines, generations of creatives, and linguistic territories in the region – functioning as a cultural lab, constantly redefining itself. The platform transforms into a gathering space for contemporary creatives who are thirsty to debate ideas and share works through local and international residencies, lectures, screenings, workshops, exhibitions, projects etc.


ARC Magazine is a non-profit print and online publication and social platform founded in 2011. It seeks to fill a certain void by offering a critical space for contemporary artists to present their work while fostering and developing critical dialogues and opportunities for crucial points of exchange. ARC is an online and social space of interaction with a developed methodology of sharing information about contemporary practices, exhibitions, partnerships, and opportunities occurring in the Caribbean region and throughout its diasporas. ARC’s mission is to build awareness by fostering exchanges and opportunities that expand creative culture, within the visual arts industry across the wider Caribbean and its diasporas.

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Gerrit van der Hout

Gerrit van der Hout was born in Amsterdam in 1951 and studied history at the University of Amsterdam. In 1987, he co-wrote the book highlighting the 150th anniversary of Artist Society / Arti et Amicitiae (For Art and Friendship). After that he stayed involved with Arti as an assistant to Margriet Kruyver, organizing exhibitions and raising funds to enable various projects. Gerrit continued working as the coordinator for Arti from 1996 until 2001. In 2001, Gerrit was appointed Head Building and Design at the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht in the Netherlands. In 2008, Gerrit began working with Margriet Kruyver and Elvis Lopez in support of the organization Ateliers ’89 in Oranjestad, Aruba. Together they are responsible for the fundraising for Ateliers ’89 and Caribbean Linked and the coordination of their programs.

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Margriet Kruyver

Margriet Kruyver is an art historian, head of department and tutor at the Audiovisual Department (VAV), Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Previously, she worked at Arti et Amicitae, an Artists’ Society in the heart of Amsterdam, where she curated exhibitions, wrote articles on art and made catalogues and books. Her current practice at the Rietveld involves giving direction to the department and together with her team, she organizes student-projects, exhibitions, and publications.

In 2005, Margriet started working with the Ateliers ’89, and in 2008 Gerrit van der Hout joined the organization. Together they curate the program and look for funding in order to make Ateliers ’89 the lively Institute where young people and the public of the island can discover their artistic endeavours and develop them. With several Caribbean institutes like Fresh Milk, ARC Magazine, and the IBB, Margriet works on Caribbean Linked bridging the gap between the islands by stimulating dialogue on contemporary art practice. Margriet is a jury member for the Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds (Netherlands). is a TV channel which aims to promote Caribbean culture as a whole, believing that the most valuable Caribbean treasures are its people! wants to provide the full experience of the Caribbean. Enjoy the culture, the arts and the people of the Caribbean – Enjoy LIFE!

About the main Sponsors:

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The Mondriaan Fund is a new state financed cultural funding organization that focuses on visual arts and cultural heritage. It aims to encourage innovation and excellence in these fields by supporting outstanding artists, cultural heritage and art organizations and projects in the Netherlands, and promoting contemporary art from the Netherlands abroad. The Mondriaan Fund is the result of a merger between the Mondriaan Foundation and the Fonds BKVB.


Stichting DOEN is a promoter of people and organisations that take the lead in the field of sustainable, cultural and social innovation which believes in a green, socially-inclusive and creative society. DOEN supports these innovators and brings them into contact with each other. Annually, DOEN supports more than 200 initiatives by means of subsidies, participations, loans and guarantees. These initiatives are characterised by their enterprising approach: people, organisations and enterprises that dare to take risks, are creative, innovative and effectively contribute to a better and cleaner world. DOEN supports initiatives in the field of Culture and Cohesion and Green and Inclusive Economy.


The Prince Claus Fund supports artists, cultural organisations and critical thinkers where freedom of expression is restricted by conflict, poverty, repression, marginalisation or taboos. Since 1996, the Fund has supported more than 2500 cultural initiatives, granted Prince Claus Awards to 184 outstanding cultural achievers and provided first aid to cultural heritage in over 160 emergency situations.

Unoca Logo [final]Foundation UNOCA was founded in 1986 and has served an important role in the Aruban society, by providing financial funds to stimulate artistic expressions and cultural events. UNOCA is momentarily being re-organized and restructured, in order to meet the quality standards and requirements of a professional cultural and arts fund for the years to come. The managing director will have the important role to kick off this new era for UNOCA and continuously strengthen the ambitions and objectives of UNOCA.