The Society of Arts has chosen eight new members

31 January 2019

The Society of Arts is welcoming eight new members. The new members are: Riek Bakker, Krisztina de Châtel, Anthony Heidweiller, Claudy Jongstra, Charl Landvreugd, Nelleke Noordervliet, Fiona Tan and Gwyneth Wentink. Members of the Society of Arts include leading artists from the full spectrum of the arts. They are chosen on the basis of nominations. The new members will be installed on 28 March.

Riek Bakker

Urban planner Riek Bakker (born in 1944) gained fame as the director of urban development of the Municipality of Rotterdam. She managed familiar projects including De Kop van Zuid in Rotterdam and Leidsche Rijn in Utrecht. Riek Bakker is known for being committed and unflinching. In her approach, the participation of stakeholders is key. She was also Professor of Urban Planning at Eindhoven University of Technology. She currently runs her own agency Riek Bakker Advies and works on projects such as the construction of the Noordrand Zevenbergen, the Piushaven Tilburg and the Krimpenerwaard Strategy. In 2014, he received the ARC Oeuvre Award and in 2015, she was appointed to the Order of the Netherlands Lion. 

Krisztina de Châtel

Krisztina de Châtel (born in 1943) has made three dance films and has choreographed more than seventy performances. Her dance productions are characterised by contrasts and confrontations. She juxtaposes vulnerable human bodies with forces of nature or places them in imposing settings. She is also distinguished by her community art projects. She has created productions with, for instance, firemen, rubbish collectors and people with psychic disorders. In collaboration with the Imperium Foundation, she supports young and self-willed talent by, for instance, presenting the De Châtel Award. 

Anthony Heidweiller

Anthony Heidweiller (born in 1961) establishes a link between opera and contemporary sounds and themes. These themes include migration, equality and inequality, as well as conserving the planet. His work also takes the form of practice-based research into opera of the 21st century, seeking connections with researchers, as well as higher and secondary education institutes. For the Opera Forward Festival, he programmes international creators and researchers. Since 2017, Heidweiller has been part of a task force focusing on diversity issues in the Municipality of Utrecht. From 2019, at the invitation of Pierre Audi, Heidweiller will develop various education and participation projects for the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. 

Claudy Jongstra

Claudy Jongstra (1963) is known for her impressive art works and architectural creations of felted wool coloured with natural pigments. Her fame increased when her work was used in Star Wars. However, her oeuvre encompasses far more. In addition to impressive creations in many public buildings in the Netherlands and the United States, her work can also be found in museums and private collections. These include the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and San Francisco and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Jongstra's work centres not only on sustainability, biodiversity, ecology and research, but also on retaining tacit knowledge, boosting inclusiveness and communities. By means of her travelling creation Woven Skin, she draws attention to these essential values, for the benefit of preserving humanity and the planet. She actively seeks links with academia and the business community. Claudy Jongstra also passes on her knowledge, by means of, for instance, the Farm of the World foundation near her home in the Province of Friesland. 

Charl Landvreugd

Visual artist, curator, researcher and writer Charl Landvreugd (born in 1971) creates new frameworks for ideas relating to migration history, culture and historical power relationships. In doing so, he examines the standards of European art and knowledge production. He creates sculptures, ceramics, video, performances, photography and written work, with the focus being on the production of afro-subjectivity in the Netherlands and Europe. His work is characterised by hybridity and futurism. Layered subjectivity is central in this respect. His work has been displayed in the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven. This year, Landvreugd will be completing his PhD research at the Royal College of Art in London. 

Nelleke Noordervliet  

Nelleke Noordervliet (born in 1945) has written novels, stories, essays, columns and books about history. Examples include historical novels such as Het oog van de engel and Vrij man, and the essay for the Maand van de Geschiedenis Door met de strijd, Nederland in opstand (2018). Her latest novel, Aan het eind van de dag (2016), deals with a politician who looks back on her life in the sixties and seventies. Noordervliet is also a columnist for Dutch national newspaper Trouw and the OVT radio programme. She is board chair of De Schrijverscentrale, board member of Genootschap Onze Taal and supervisory director of Vereniging Hendrick de Keyser. In 2018, Nelleke Noordervliet received the Constantijn Huygensprijs for her oeuvre. 

Fiona Tan

Visual artist Fiona Tan (born in 1966) has acquired international fame with her audiovisual creations, which are centred on explorations of memory, time, history and the role of visual images. She poses fundamental questions about the use of film and photography to recall narratives and memories. Tan exposes the complexity of origin, art, science, and the use of new media in the 21st century. Her work has been shown in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead) and Bonniers Konsthall (Stockholm). In 2017 she was awarded the Amsterdam Prize for Art. In 2019, Tan received the Spectrum International Prize for Photography. 

Gwyneth Wentink

Gwyneth Wentink (born in 1981) is one of the world's leading harpists. She is very versatile and plays the pedal harp and the triple harp, which is a baroque instrument. Gwyneth Wentink appears as a soloist, in ensembles and with orchestras. She is solo harpist of the English Baroque Soloists and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique directed by John Eliot Gardiner. She is also the founder of State of the United Arts, an art think tank and performance platform, where she also acts as director. Wentink teaches at Codarts Rotterdam and initiates activities within the Rotterdam Art & Science LAB (RASL), where the link between art and science is central. 

Selection of new members

Members of the Society of Arts have a proven track record in their discipline and wish to contribute to the work of the Academy. They do so by advocating the arts in society and by encouraging collaboration between art and science. The main criterion in selecting members is their artistic achievement. During the selection, a committee consisting of members of the Society of Arts, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Young Academy took account of gender and the spread across disciplines. This year the Society has issued an open call for nominations.