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Graduation Show Willem de Kooning Academy & Piet Zwart Institute 2020

On this page, we will inform you about the details of every Graduation 2020 event. Continue to visit this platform and our main website to find information, resources, and announcements regarding The Chain of Events planning.

Based on the themes of the graduation projects and research (BA and MA), we will curate several events within a selection of the most actual topics. Numerous thematic events will take place between October 2020 and the end of March 2021. Curating events during the big Rotterdam/Dutch art and design events in 2021 is also a part of the plan. 

The events overview for the coming two months:

October 2020

October 16-18, 2020 | Fashion Experience – Online Event 
Willem de Kooning Academy’s Fashion Design graduates 2020 invite you for an exceptional Fashion Experience. Due to the new COVID-19 restrictions, the physical event at de Wasserij is cancelled. Our graduates will move their event to online platforms.

October 26 – November 4, 2020 | Jury-sittings Drempelprijzen and BA & MA Research Awards
The nominees have received a detailed mail on Thursday, October 8th. 

November 2020

November 4, 2020 | Too Little Too Late at BlueCity, Rotterdam 
This online event is a part of the online Climate Weeks Amsterdam and Rotterdam and of the Climate festival Groenlicht, organised by Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. At the beginning of October, we will select the projects for presentations and talk within the topics the festival will address. 
November 13-20, 2020 | Piet Zwart Institute: Master Fine Art Graduation Exhibition at the former Archive building, Robert Fruinstraat, Rotterdam  
A separate invitation with detailed information and codes of conduct will be sent to all our relations and partners later this month.  
Please note: For all the live events outside the WdKA buildings, we follow the municipality’s regulations and guidelines for art spaces and musea. We will organise the events only if we can guarantee our participants and visitors a safe and pleasant stay according to the Dutch government guidelines.
November 19, 2020 | Research Festival. Zoom-in, Research at WdKA and Drempelprijzen & Research Awards Ceremony
This half-day online programme devoted to doing Research at WdKA will be concluded by Drempelprijzen and Research Awards ceremonies

Next to the programme initiated by WdKA, many of our graduates are working on the organisation of their own events. We are proud to promote these events on our websites and social media.

October 17-25, 2020 | Dutch Design Week
WdKA and PZI graduates will participate in Dutch Design Week 2020 virtual festival. Please let us know if you are participating and would like us to share your event on this page and social media. 
October 16-17, 2020 | CHECK IN/OUT in Art Lab Hilton, Rotterdam
An initiative of fifteen De-Fine Art graduates 2020 in Art Lab Hilton. Opening Friday, October 16 at 17:00-19:00 hrs. The exhibition is open for public on October 16-17, 12:00-17:00 hrs. 
November 25 , 2020 | ALL INN – National Fine Art Graduation Show in Het HEM, Zaandam (this event is in a concept phase, we’ll keep you posted)
This podium will show the year 2020 graduation projects of 170 students of all Art Schools in the Netherlands. 

Open Call for all individual initiatives 

We invite all of the alumni of 2020 to share ideas about events with us. If you are planning to participate in events in or outside Rotterdam with your graduation project, please let us know and we will help you with the promotion of your event.  Making the Chain of Events a success is a joint effort.  

Previous Events

August 10-20, WalkByExhibition

Our Extraordinary Chain of Events continues with the kick-off of a WalkByExhibition on billboards throughout the city of Rotterdam. All work is freely accessible outdoors from Monday, August 10, the city is our exhibition space.

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