50 years ekwc
Ceramics is a thousand years hot, culturally diverse and durable. Clay that has been fired is suitable for creating bricks, roof tiles, sanitary, tiles, tableware, vases and artworks. Ceramics reflect daily life in utilitarian objects such as pots and pans and plays a role in all forms of fine and applied art, with influential artists such as Tony Cragg, Tony Hepburn, Betty Woodman, Anish Kapoor, Viola Frey, Anthony Gormley, Norbert Prangenberg, David Zink-Yi and Markus Karstiess.
On the 4th of December 1969, the Ceramic Workcentre in Heusden was founded. In the past 50 years, the centre has grown into a leading residency and workshop. The centre is open to experiment and innovation and is, thanks to the specialized facilities and knowledgeable staff, an ideal workplace for artists, designers and architects.
The sharing of knowledge, experience, kilns, energy and friendship makes Sundaymorning@ekwc a memorable experience for anyone who came in contact with it. In 2019 our 50-year anniversary will be celebrated with a variety of exhibitions and activities:
Design Museum Den Bosch
9 March – 19 May 2019, Ghosts of Sundaymorning,
Exhibition concept by Glenn Adamson, with replicas from the history of EKWC. Accompanied by a publication, published by nai/010
Municipal Museum The Hague
22 March 2019 – 18 August 2019, Uit de klei, Gijs Assmann, Helen Frik, Thijs Jaeger, Maartje Korstanje, Jennifer Tee, Koen Taselaar and Dick Verdult.
Taoxichuan, Jingdezhen, China
20 April 2019 – 20 July 2020 Nine alumni follow a residency on the occasion of the 50-year anniversary at Jingdezhen International Studio. The results are presented in an exhibition that travels through China. The participating artists are: Attua Aparicio Torinos (ES), Erika Emeren (SW), Lawrence Epps (GB), Frans Franciscus (NL), Jessica Harrison (GB), Lena Kaapke (KDE), Priya Sundaravalli (IN) Andrea Rodriguez (CL) and Koen Taselaar (NL)
Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
2 August 2019 -1 September 2019, Mixed, an exhibition with works, from among others, Frans Franciscus, Kim Habers, Henri Jacobs, Daniel Maalman, Suzanne Posthumus, Koen Taselaar and Marjolein de Wit.
Amsterdam Art Weekend
November 2019, Francis Boeske organizes a special EKWC exhibition during the Art Amsterdam Weekend at a central location
Museum De Pont, Tilburg
30 November 2019 – 9 February 2020 Prangenberg&Karstiess&Brehm
Lennart Lahuis | Land Slides, 8 December 2018
Tilmann Meyer-Faje | Volle kracht vooruit, 20 April 2019
Tanja Smeets | 23 November 2019
Taoxichuan Ceramic Art Avenue, Jingdezhen, China
In addition to these presentations, in April 2019 Sundaymorning@ekwc will open a store in Jingdezhen, China. In this store, products will be offered that have been created or developed at Sundaymorning@ekwc.
Anniversary edition Soundshape by Daniel Maalman
Sundaymorning@ekwc is not the only organization celebrating its 50-year anniversary. STEIM (the Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music, Amsterdam) is also celebrating its 50th birthday. For this occasion, sound artist Daniel Maalman created a limited edition multiple of a hundred copies; 50 for Sundaymorning@ekwc and 50 for STEIM. Maalman recently finished his residency at Sundaymorning@ekwc and will start a residency at STEIM in March 2019. Out of the combination of these residencies this multiple Soundshape will emerge, an extension from Maalmans project Foundshape.
The Ceramic Workcentre was established in Heusden, in 1991, as the European Ceramic Workcentre, it moved to ‘s-Hertogenbosch and in 2011 it changed its name to Sundaymorning@ekwc and relocated in 2015 to Oisterwijk. All this time the focus remained the same: to promote the development of ceramics in art, design and architecture. To achieve this, residencies are offered to professional artists, designers and architects, most of whom have never worked with ceramics before. In the course of time, the reputation of the centre has evolved in such a way that participants from all around the world apply for a residency, even from countries with a very well established ceramic tradition such as Japan, China and Korea.
In the past 50 years, more than 1500 participants concluded a twelve-week residency at the centre. Hundreds of which are influential and inspirational artists, designers and architects: Mark Manders, Rob Birza, Gijs Assmann, Karin Arink, Eylem Aladogan, Nicolas Dings, Adam Colton, Hans van Bentem, Helen Frik, Gijs Bakker, Marien Schouten, Marjolein de Wit, Jan van de Pavert, Kiki Lamers, Irene Fortuyn, Tanja Smeets, Frans Franciscus, Anne Wenzel, Heringa/Kalsbeek, Jennifer Tee, Hella Jongerius, Marcel Wanders, Wieki Somers, Scholten & Baijings, Tom Claassen, Tim Breukers, Koen Taselaar.
Likewise, a great number of well-known English artist worked at the centre: Tony Cragg, Anthony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Nicolas Pope, Neil Brownsword, Andrew Lord, Thom Puckey, Nick Renshaw, Simon Bedwell and Jessica Harrison. As well as artists of other countries: Johan Creten, Norbert Prangenberg, Viola Frey, Betty Woodman, Jun Kaneko, Sigurdur Gudmundsson, Leiko Ikemura, Milan Kunc, David Zink-Yi, Cameron Jamie, etc.
The history of Sundaymorning@ekwc encompassed both highlights (such as the work-periods of Tony Cragg or Hella Jongerius, directorates of Xavier Toubes, Adriaan van Spanje, Koos de Jong or the publishing of the book The Ceramic Process (which became a standard work in the ceramic field)), and some economical-business setbacks.
In 2011 it was announced that Sundaymorning@ekwc would not receive any subsidy from the Ministry of Education, Culture & Science. This subsidy, almost a million a year, made up the largest part of the annual budget, and with this decision the continuity of the centre became uncertain. The reorganization under the leadership of the current Director worked out well. In 2015 the centre moved from ‘s-Hertogenbosch to Oisterwijk to a building twice the size, with even more advanced facilities. In addition, the new building offers more room to host visitors and to organize programs with higher education and the field of industry.
After four years of not receiving structural funding Sundaymorning@ekwc became the first institution, which had had its funding annulled in 2012, to have funding reinstated.