The Open Atelier is a collaborative project with i-psy Arts Amsterdam, which has been ongoing since the beginning of 2020. The community consists of migrant artists, most of whom are from the margins of society and are adjusting to major changes in their lives. Every Monday, the group meets at Framer Framed to experiment with various forms of art. The Open Atelier provides art therapy and alternative methods of healing and care under the guidance of art therapist Suzanne Delshadian and her team. Apart from giving space and tools to the artists, the project opens up a space for community-building and solidarity. Through organising annual exhibitions at Framer Framed, the participants are encouraged to display their art publicly; thus making an important shift from private to public.
Due to major cuts in psychiatric funds in the Netherlands, the Amsterdam location of i-psy will shut its doors, and the art therapy programme, which has existed for fourteen years, will unfortunately come to an end. Thus, this year’s group show is particularly important for the community, and they will be showcasing various collaborative and individual artworks. Sebastian Rypson, the curator of the first-ever i-psy exhibition, is the curator of the Reflections, which can be visited from the 24th of June until the 24th of July at Framer Framed.
i-psy is a specialist in intercultural psychiatry for people with different social and cultural backgrounds and various psychological problems. Since 2009, the visual therapy team of i-psy organises an exhibition every year for and with artists from the open ateliers.