WHAT IS 1606?
We believe art is a collaborative effort, one that thrives with the input and interaction of other creatives and their ideas. Our goal is to create meaningful real life encounters between artists from different cultures to create a new story. A story that we want to share with the world.
Project 1606 edition 2019 hosts a selection of internationally established artists that will work under the same roof in October so they can share knowledge, skill and network. The artists for the residency have been curated by The Plant and PaintGuide.
By facilitating a unique connection between the university of Leiden (LAK) and Leidens 300 year old art society Ars Aemula Naturea we give back to the local art community by hosting workshops and lectures taught by the visiting artists.
Bringing International artists to the stage of Leiden.
The City of Leiden is a beautiful city, rich with history and cultural landmark locations. It is a great hub to host inspirational, artistic events with international artists that give a contemporary aspect to the city and its cultural ambitions. By attracting international talent from abroad we want to connect the rich historical character of Leiden to the international art stage.
We believe that the contemporary revival of the figurative art in painting, sculpture and other media can find a podium in the historical rich narrative of Leiden; with figures like Rembrandt van Rijn, Jan van Goyen, Jan Steen and Heike Kamerlingh Onnes.
By partnering with, and providing workshops in existing cultural places in Leiden, we want to narrow the gap between the young and old creatives by letting them participate side by side in the events taught by the artists. The creation of media content in combination with the beautiful heritage of the City of Leiden, will have a reinforcing effect, and help all involved parties to gain international attention. Project 1606 is setting the stage for continued improvement of creative interaction.
The artists of Project 1606 have each designed a unique workshop, to share their knowledge and experience with you. The project is an initiative of The Plant and PaintGuide that facilitate this unique connection with international artists in collaboration with Leiden University (LAK) and Ars Aemula Naturae.
Whether you are starting or advanced, the artists are here to inspire, motivate and help you. If you want to awaken or push your creative ambitions, register for one of these fantastic workshops!
The Plant was brought to life in 2018 to connect artists and creatives, so they can share knowledge, create projects and add something new to the current cultural environment. Culture grows because people connect and create together. The Plant has set the goal to enrich artists with a strong international network and provide them knowledge to increase their creative abilities.
The plant is an initiative by artists Daniel Martin, Santiago Pani and Daan Noppen. The artists reside with their atelier in the space of the plant but also organize workshops, events, expositions and other projects like 1606. Facilities on the Plant domain are an atelier, a gallery space and event space.
PaintGuide™ started with one simple goal, to create a forum for creatives from all over the world to share their favourite artists and inspirations with art lovers worldwide.
Started in 2014, PaintGuide began sharing images of artworks that were inspirations to its founders. As the account grew, an open invitation was proposed to likeminded peers to take over the Instagram feed, to curate and share a week’s worth of creative influences for their respective fans. PaintGuide carried a visual dialogue on the art world’s continuing momentum into the digital sphere.
Since then, PaintGuide have been busy creating a brand new blueprint to evolve and transform its creative arts community, whilst staying true to its original format. Because of this unique concept and our ever evolving passion, over 150+ internationally established artists had previously partaken in these takeovers, and opening their “sketch books” to the world. With over 350K+ followers and generating huge attention worldwide. With a social media reach of 8.2 million views, 15 million unique impressions monthly, PaintGuide has successfully produced collaborative selling exhibitions and queues around the block to view these phenomena, and an overwhelming crowdfunded campaigned PaintGuide book from its community.
Art House Holland Residency
ART HOUSE HOLLAND by PAC is an artist residence located in Leiderdorp, the Netherlands, in a beautiful rural atmosphere, just a short trip away from the big cities like Leiden, The Hague, Rotterdam and Amsterdam. They currently offer the artist-in-residence programs for five artists (2018). They provide private spaces for artists in a nurturing atmosphere for self-directed residencies, providing time, support and room for creativity.
In 2019 Art House Mexico will open it’s doors extending the international platform of Art House Holland.
LAK courses is part of Leiden University. The abbreviation "LAK" stands for Leids Academisch Kunstcentrum; “Leiden Academic Art Center”.
At the Lak you can participate in a large variety of artistic and creative courses taught by professional teachers. They offer courses in the following categories: theater and presentation, dance, visual arts, music, photography and writing (literature). All staged art courses come to a close with a final performance at a theater rented for the occasion. These courses will not only help you to further develop your talents but also meet others which share your same passions.
Ars Aemula Naturae
Ars Aemula Naturae ("art competes with nature") is an artists' association with around 90 members. The association was founded in 1694 by Willem van Mieris and Carel de Moor as the "Leiden painting and drawing society". The aim was "to offer visual artists the opportunity to become more proficient in their profession" and "to spread the knowledge of visual arts in Leiden and the surrounding area". Both goals still apply.
Ars wants to promote the quality of contemporary visual arts in Leiden and the surrounding area. By being a meeting place for visual artists and their public, organizing discussions, provide a podium for artists and their work, and support the the best amateur art practice.