Galerie Atelier Herenplaats

Welcome to Galerie Atelier Herenplaats

Welcome to our new website! Since 1991, Herenplaats has been the Rotterdam center for artists with a special story. Every day, about 35 artists visit the studio on Schietbaanstraat in the center of Rotterdam. People with …

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Dialogue “Art and I” – Saturday, May 29, 2021

“I feel like thinking about how the world sees me. And I want to know who I am.” Jonathan Sugendro. In the context of the exhibition ‘Face Time’  Galerie organizes Atelier Herenplaats a dialogue meeting about identity/personality fueled by art/creativity. Beautiful works are constantly being made in the studio. It is of course very important […]

Face to Face

Portrait drawing in the gallery on Saturday March 20 and April 17 With the same theme as the exhibition ‘Face Time’, the human face – the encounter, there will be ‘Face to Face’ on Saturday 20 March  and on April 17. People meet people, people look at each other, Herenplaats artists meet the public (in […]

Grietje Killian wins the Japanese ‘Overseas Works Award’

>Three works by Grietje Killian have been selected for the Japanese project ‘Nippon Foundation – Diversity in the Arts‘. This is an annual event in Japan in which work by ‘outsider artists’ is central. An international selection takes place and a touring exhibition through Japan follows. Works by Sharon van Dams and Mies van der […]

Seasons: an artful portrait of you!

Herenplaats artists Nlunga Nijanda, Mariska van der Ent and photographer Roland van Eck are currently working together on a special project: ‘Seasons’ – three artists make a unique photo portrait of you! Nlunga Nijanda is the creator of this project. Since 2020 he has been working in the studio’s digital workshop. He makes his own […]

Heilige Huisjes
Bob van Buuren, Kitty van Straaten, Ruth van der Neut, Jessica Magnin, René van Breene, Marianne Schipaanboord, Irma van Osch, Wilco Kreisel, Yvonne van Kasteel, Belén Sanchez, Cengiz Imamdi, Johanneke van Nus, Saskia Westerhof

Exhibition: Heilige Huisjes

Opening: 15-11-2023 5:00

17-11-2023 — 13-01-2024

"I draw and paint by the power I have received from God" Says Johanneke. Johanneke van Nus draws and paints as if inspired by God. Like Johanneke, there are many other artists dealing with the theme …

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About Herenplaats


The NGO Herenplaats is a whirlwind of activities centred on visual arts, comprising of the studios, the gallery, exhibitions in the Netherlands and abroad, the art library and (educational) art projects.

Herenplaats has studio space for artists with an intellectual disability and provides support with the financial and commercial aspects of the profession. Some of the artists have been with Herenplaats since it founding in 1991. Familiar names are: Hein Dingemans (exhibition in museum Boijmans van Beuningen, 2001), Jaco Kranendonk (permanent exhibition in museum Charlotte Zander in Germany and permanent collection Stadshof), Laan Irodjojo (wall painting commissioned by CBK Rotterdam) and Paulus de Groot (permanent collection of M.A.D museum in Luik and outsider Art Museum, Baltimore U.S.A.). The artists often operate outside their studio, not only in exhibitions, but also in lectures, presentations and workshops. Furthermore they work on commissions by both private and corporate clients.

Our gallery, reopened in January 2006 after major refurbishment work, is situated in the cultural heart of Rotterdam. Here we have been presenting for longer than ten years accessible art to the general public, specialising in Outsider Art. Each exhibition combines one or more artists of the Herenplaats with contemporary artists from the Netherlands and other countries. We also regularly publish books, catalogues and articles about Outsider Art and related subjects.

Herenplaats organises and participates in various projects. From lectures and symposiums to educational programs and workshops. Many of these projects are in collaboration with other organisations from Rotterdam, the rest of the country or abroad.

Art library
Herenplaats has its own art library with more than hundred private and corporate members. Hundreds of paintings and drawings of Herenplaats artists thus find their way to homes and offices in the Rijnmond area. The main goal is to let the artwork reach as many homes and offices as possible. The modest memberships fees help insure that the art is accessible to a wide public.

Art academy
Persons with an intellectual disability are not admitted to the regular art academies. Herenplaats has therefore developed an adapted art training for these persons. Supervising the lesson program are professional artists and art teachers. The length and tempo of the training are is set in accordance to each student’s abilities. After a successful training one can join the artists collective of the Herenplaats.

Reginald Drooduin - Photo: Raymond de Vries

Art Academy

Studios Herenplaats has studio space for artists with an intellectual disability and provides support with the financial and commercial aspects of the profession. Some of the artists have been with Herenplaats since it founding in 1991. …

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