ABOUT


After finishing a Master’s degree in Finance and a management traineeship at a multinational company, Cecile Wentges studied Spatial Design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. For her graduation project, she built a literal bridge that connected the art academy to the next door Loyens & Loeff law office. She then conducted tours for each side through the other’s world. This was the first of Cecile’s projects connecting the two microcosms she inhabits personally and professionally.

The following year, Cecile founded the GET LOST Foundation and initiated the GET LOST – art route through Amsterdam Zuidas. GET LOST develops art projects in public spaces connecting municipalities, companies and local stakeholders with young or established artists. After GET LOST, Cecile continued to create these connections in South Africa’s Cape Town, Amsterdam Zuidas, and Amsterdam Sloterdijk. These experiences led her to start a new endeavour in developing site-specific, social-cultural concepts connecting business to the cultural sector.

Commissioned by the municipality of Amsterdam, she then developed a placemaking strategy for the area Sloterdijk 2 Zuid. This led to connecting Toneelgroep Amsterdam to real estate developer Stadsbehoud, resulting in the experimental theatre broedplaats ‘De Sloot’. Following this, Cecile was commissioned by Stichting Stadvinderij (ROEF) and created ROEF Art Residency (RARe). RARe is a public space art project that showcases site-specific artworks on various rooftops throughout Amsterdam Zuidoost, connecting artists from this community to local organisations and institutions.

Currently, Cecile is commissioned by Zadelhoff to develop and implement a social and cultural concept for Slotervaart Centrum Voor Zorg. This led to the creation of Louwes Lab, a social-cultural program in a 4000 m2 wing of the former Slotervaart Hospital. This program is focussed on the Nieuw-West neighbourhood and hosts a unique cross-pollination between care and well-being, education and innovation, and art, culture and design.

MISSON


Cecile Wentges’ mission to connect business with the cultural sector is born from the conviction that both worlds can reinforce each other while keeping their own integrity and authenticity. This belief is built upon her own experience in both environments and echoes through Cecile’s work.

For instance in her assignment at Zadelhoff, which is actually about experimenting with art and culture in a temporary setting, and if that turns out to be a success, to jointly investigate how that can be grown into a permanent residence for art and culture within a new real estate development.

Cecile believes that in order to integrate art and culture into urban development in a qualitative manner, it requires a tailor made approach. Locations differ, time differs, and each neighbourhood asks for a different setup. The preconditions are always changing, as are the people, their emotions and a wide range of cultural expressions.

METHOD


1. Onderzoeken van kansen en de locale (culturele) behoeften in kaart brengen
→ Is er een aansluiting te vinden bij lopende culturele behoeften uit de markt
→ Wat is er mogelijk/ waar is behoefte aan (van tijdelijk naar permanent)
→ In kaart brengen van kwalitatief goede culturele partijen in de omgeving (en daarbuiten)
→ Betrekken van gemeenten


2. Cultureel concept ontwikkelen (van tijdelijke tot permanente culturele invulling)
→ Cultureel concept presenteren
→ Inclusief financiëel model/ haalbaarheid
→ Voorstel van samenwerkingen met culturele partijen (van tijdelijk tot permanent)

3. Helpen opstarten en uitvoeren van het culturele concept
(inclusief het opzetten van relevante programmering, events, communicatie, samenstellen en managen van een team (waar nodig), subsidieaanvragen etc)

4. Gefaseerd het project overdragen aan de locale culturele partij die dan een goede start heeft gemaakt

That is exactly where Cecile’s strengths come into play.  

PARTNERS


Louwes Lab: Zadelhoff, Care Design Lab, Casa Sofia, ROC van Amsterdam, Buurtteam Amsterdam Nieuw West • RARe 2022: Stichting Stadvinderij (ROEF), Wonam, Zadelhoff, Rochdale, Municipality of Amsterdam, CBRE, Ymere, EDGE Technologies, ABN AMRO, Our Domain, HoBu • Sloterdijk 2: Municipality of Amsterdam, Stadsbehoud, Makerstoren, Uptown Sloterdijk • INNSiDE: Gerrit Rietveld Academie, INNSiDE hotel Zuidas • PLAY STATION SLOTERDIJK: Municipality of Amsterdam, NS, Prorail, Holland Casino, LaSalle Investment Management, EDGE Technologies, APG, ABP, Alliander • GET LOST – art route 2018: Stichting AkzoNobel Art Foundation, FLOW Real Estate, Egeria Real Estate Development, WTC Amsterdam, Zuidas - City of Amsterdam, Zuidasdok, Zuidplus, ABN AMRO Art Foundation, Maarsen Groep & Zadelhoff, BPD, Loyens & Loeff • Puncture Points: VTTI, Vitol, Gulfstream, Port of Cape Town, Dutch Consulate General • GET LOST – art route 2015: Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Provast, de rechtbank Amsterdam, Zuidas - City of Amsterdam, G&S Vastgoed, ICON, OVG real estate, Nationale Postcode Loterij


 

CURRICULUM VITAE


For more informantion find the full CV as word-document here.

CREDITS

 

graphic design Karoline Swiezynski

web development Jonathan S. Mikkelsen

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