During the last days of Amsterdam’s festive year of 2013, Art in Redlight is scheduled to have its ninth edition (AIR9) in the monumental space of the Beurs van Berlage. This year AIR9 aims to present the arts in a broader perspective: it offers not only a selling and exhibition platform but a discussion and event platform as well. AIR9 will feature a wide range of events, such as music and art performances, lectures and discussions, conversation dinners, creative workshops and much more. AIR9 will be drawing the outside in, building a dynamic city within the walls of the Beurs van Berlage.
The art fair will be hosted in the great hall, temporarily termed the Oudekerksplein (Old Church Square); we will be asking renowned interior architect Peggy Osinga to assist us in designing the space. The art fair presents a multitude of disciplines: painting, sculpture, video art, drawing, ceramics, design, photography and jewellery. Several established and up-and-coming galleries from Amsterdam present recent work, most of it exhibited for the first time. The fair combines its well-known curatorial excellence with a great choice for 'first time art buyers'.
The heart of the Beurs building will function as a meeting point and will feature an exciting art installation. We will also have two sponsoring stands in this area.
In the Berlage concert hall, AIR9 is to present an ongoing festival programme, ranging from lectures and music to video screenings and dance performances. Events include workshops on art and diversity by art critics; Socratic Conversations; dance performances; video screenings, and much more. This space will also host a number of events related to the current social, political and economic landscape, some of the central questions being ‘who owns the art’?, ‘how can we share the arts?’ and ‘which is the right direction for the art world?’ Possible activities include: a crash course in contemporary art; a conversation dinner; a writing workshop; and discussion on today’s art world.
This space will be open to new ideas and artistic innovation. AIR 9 is to offer young curators from various Master’s programmes in arts institutions the opportunity to present creative cooperation and work-in-progress, and to present the latest work of up-and-coming artists. This area will also feature a platform with hourly performances and events.
The Art in Redlight (AIR) Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Amsterdam. AIR organises an annual, innovative, and multidisciplinary art selling platform, in Amsterdam’s famous Redlight District. This platform gives both established and up-and-coming artists the opportunity to show their work to a broad public in the unique setting of Amsterdam’s Redlight District. This concept has proven very successful, given the enthusiastic response to all previous editions. AIR is an important forerunner in the city’s aim to bring more culture to Amsterdam’s oldest neighbourhood. Moreover, AIR currently develops into a broader organisation covering other disciplines as well. This year we team up with a number of young and innovative partners in the arts, organising the entire event from co-creation.