Diverse, inclusive, and informative. The Waterhouse Gallery is bringing art to the canals of Groningen
By Adriana Dancu
The Waterhouse Gallery is a social art festival, lasting one month-from November 14 to December 13-exhibiting a variety of art pieces focusing on street and fine art by both local and international artists. The festival takes place around the westside canals of the Groningen city center, from Praediniussingel 25 to Reitdiepskade 5, and Spilsluizen 13, and serves as a conversational starter for issues related to water, sanitation, and many more. Among the artists exhibited, there will be Camille Nizet, Martina Priehodová, Farida Sultan, and many more.
Lol Gallimore’s ‘Lone Blue’ is one painting that you shouldn’t miss: it uses shades of blue to hypnotize viewers and tries to pose existential questions to those diving into it. ‘Lone Blue’ will be exhibited on Noordhaven 48.
Positive change is something that is common among all groups of people- from juniors, to seniors, students and workers, who want to not only raise awareness about a certain issue, but to also have an impact on that issue.
We all know that the common desire to make a change is what draws people together, and the Waterhouse Gallery aims to harness this energy: imagine a social event that is not only a fun way to meet other people, or hang out with your family or friends, but which also raises awareness about societal and environmental issues.
Having fun is a must
Besides the joy of viewing interesting pieces of art throughout the month of the festival, The Waterhouse Gallery offers a programme of fun activities during its opening day on November 14, from 10:30 to late. Activities such as yoga and meditation-by Lukas from Buddha Balance, a cooking class-eat with Peter Pan and Captain Hook, and a quiz show-Mr. and Mrs. quiz will be available for every willing participant. Additionally, the artists involved in the festival, will be engaged in talks with people as well.
What if you see a painting that you really like? Everything is for sale. The paintings exhibited throughout the festival can be purchased by anybody, and a part of the money will go to the artists and to the WASH projects. The WASH projects within the Viva con Agua-an organization that aims to sustainably improve global access to water and sanitation-focus on water, sanitation, and hygiene. By purchasing a painting, you would not only get something to brighten your home with, but you would also help achieve the purpose of the festival-to help improve global access to water and sanitation.
Going to the festival could also help broaden your network. Strolling through the streets and discussing paintings, and other issues can help you meet new people, and who knows? Maybe you will find your new best friend. Moreover, being an outside event, current Coronavirus-related museum closures will not apply, however keep in mind the latest measures imposed.
Even though the festival is mostly about art, it has a social function as well. In that regard, the opening day has activities such as critical views on activism (‘the white saviour complex’), and catcalling (‘the thin line between compliments and harassment’), that encourages discussions about relevant topics.
The aim of the festival is to raise awareness for certain issues, and make a change. By getting involved in discussions you too can contribute to this goal.
Check out the Waterhouse Gallery website and book a ticket to a day of fun and discussions, and a month full of art.
Images via the Waterhouse Gallery