• Zing Voor Vrede en Vrijheid

    Zing Voor Vrede en Vrijheid was a benefit concert organised by ReART Collective and with many volunteers to help forced immigrants.

    There have been more then hundred people on the stage performing and some of them were musicians who experienced to be forced immigrants themselves. The concert was on Christmas Eve – 24th December – to share the coming together culture. Volunteers cooked, served the meals and 250 people came for the Christmas dinner to support the initiative. The venue of Meervaart was full with 500 audience to see the concert.

    We kindly thank to our sponsors Meervaart, Eigen Wijs, Huis van de Wijk, Fonds voor Culture Participatie, Gemeente Amsterdam Nieuw West, Corendon, Meram, 56SPACES, all the musicians for their energy and stories, volunteers for the hard work they put and audience for their support as team reART collective.

    ZVVeV Flier


    what happened?

    A benefit concert and Christmas dinner organised with reART collective and volunteers for forced immigrants.

    role of 56SPACES

    56SPACES worked in the team reART collective and supplied the graphical design  and the photography of the Zing Voor Vrede en Vrijheid concert.

  • An Experiment in Empowerment


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  • Visual Change Making Training

    Advanced Change Making applied graphical facilitation, graphic harvesting, and coaching techniques. 56SPACES designed the flier of this training and photographed a smiler training in Hub Amsterdam.

    workshop flier

    workshop flier

  • Drawing Time Now

    Drawing Time Now :Workshop by Noel van Dooren  (January 25th – February 1st 2013)

    The event was curated by landscape architect and former head of the landscape architecture department of the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture Noel van Dooren for his PhD research. In the workshop Noël focusses on an international workshop about representation. The research speculates on introducing the score, inspired by choreography. With this link you can view and download the booklet: Drawing Time Now: Book of Results

     click here.

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    Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 22.10.26 Drawing time seminar

    After I have photographed the event, two photos were chosen to be on the flier of Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten

    drawing time now





  • True Story

    True Story: a panel conversation about new journalism with leading journalists from Turkey and the Netherlands in Mediamatic PARK

    true story

    What happens when the mainstream media fails? This question was discussed between Dutch and Turkish journalist  in the moderation of  Thieu Besselink. From Turkey we spoke with Engin Onder and Cem Aydogdu of 140Journos, a twitter-based citizen journalism platform that became the most reliable source of information during the Gezi protests; and Emin Özmen, the leading Turkish photo journalist.

    From the Netherlands we spoke with research journalist Eric Smit and Mark Blaisse, who shared his experience with critical journalism under oppressive regimes. This event also marks the premiere of Özmen’s documentary film Witnessing Gezi, and the opening of the Agence le Journal photo exhibition.


    Location: Mediamatic Fabriek, VOC-kade 10, Oostenburg Amsterdam.  16 Nov 2013 / 15h

    what happened?

    The discussion took place within PARK, a bottom-up exhibition and research space that explores the core concerns of the Gezi protests. After the panel discussion there was a full program featuring live music, food, art, film and more.

    role of 56SPACES

    The panel was coordinated by Betül Ellialtıoğlu  and moderated by Thieu Besselink in PARK .

  • Home of Art

    home of art-LOGO

    designed by 56SPACES

    ‘Home of Art” is a Pop Up Art Gallery on a top location in the Museum District (just across the Concertgebouw) of Amsterdam.

    home of art logo variations

    Some logo variations

    The Flier design for Artists call


    Because ‘Home of Art” Pop Up Art Gallery is very well located, we already had so many curios eyes on the gallery window. Before the opening we needed a window cover to be able to surbrise our visitors and we’ve decided to use the Foam Museum newspaper on the windows. The cover was so successful, we had so many people who photographed the window or asked what is going on in the space. We used a photo of the cover on our Facebook Page to anounce that we are “coming soon”.

    designed by 56SPACES

    The street view

    photographed by 56SPACES


    On the wall of the gallery we have a big mural drawn by Cesium and some of her prints will be available in the gallery. To follow Facebook page of Cesium: more


    photographed by 56SPACES

    KELDERSALE: wine tasting with FINEST GROUP

    On Sunday December 14, from 14.00 ’till 18.00h, Home of Art is hosting a “keldersale” (basementsales) afternoon organised by Finest Group. Finest Group imports qualitative products with “feel good factor”.  A detail image from Cesium is used on the design.

    wine tasting

    designed by 56SPACES


    23 December 2014

    The Balcony Players play energetic Klezmer and gipsy music. Traditional songs and original compositions inspired on tours trough the Balkans, Brasil and the USA. I took the photos when they were performing for the gallery visitors.



    Buren Barrel

    Event Poster for Home of Art

  • the Teachers training in Lithuania

    Co-creating Teachers’ School future: This series of events is an initiative of Co-creating Communities, an NGO founded by five young people who are committed to make a change in Lithuania


    A group of people  who want to make a difference on teachers training and education came together at Dubingiai Forest Vilnius for 3 days: Aurimas Razanauskas, Rygaudas Guogis, Lukas Benevičius, Julius Paplauskas, Mantas Žalkauskas, Mary Alice, and Laura Weisel all together with the other learners (in learning environments including alternative schooling), as teachers, entrepreneurs, volunteers and process hosts .

    13For the blog page of Mary Alice on Lithuanian teachers training you can check out SOAR, or to follow what is happening after that you can look at AoH Lithuania.

  • Live Art Performance

    Live performance of ROSIE AMSTERDAM was sponsored by Absolute Vodka.


  • Open for Change

    At the Open for Change event, Hivos brought together change makers from around the world to share their stories, experiences and tools.

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     The first day and the second day of the event



    Participants attempted to uncover unusual perspectives and reflect on what has worked – and what hasn’t – to mobilize people to play part in the change they want to see.Social change towards justice and prosperity cannot do without openness. Yet openness and democratic institutions are no guarantee in themselves for equality and social cohesion. Issues of identity, societal norms and the question of whose voice counts characterize deep polarizations in our societies, whether in the South or the North. While openness in itself would be of great benefit to those suffering from social taboos, such as in the sphere of sexuality, dividing lines continue to exist and need to be addressed differently.

    Innovative approaches are not only necessary, they do exist, too. Have a look at the initiatives and speakers within the different tracks: Triggers for Change, Test the Tools, Tough dilemma’s and Trial and Error for your shot of inspiration! And do get in touch with us if you have an idea, a project or an initiative that contributes to the open society – ‘a society that fully embraces its own imperfections and unexplored opportunities’.


    On 10 October 2013, the Ignite event took place and it was a great success. You can visit the event’s web page for the photos.


    Back-to-back with the two-day Open for Change event, an Ignite event took place in the afternoon of October 10th, 2013, in the Van Nelle factory, Rotterdam. Fifteen speakers presented daring perspectives and inspiring thoughts on how people all over the world are actively shaping their societies. These stories in part came from the city of Rotterdam as well as the far away places where Hivos works, such as India, Central America and Uganda. Rotterdam, World Port World City, is a young, dynamic, international city which keeps reinventing itself at a rapid pace; redefining and expanding its identity on a daily basis. We exchanged stories of social innovation, heard about new strategies and methods and critically reflected on all this during the two following days. The question to what extent these initiatives trigger social change at large were also further explored during the Open for Change event on 11 and 12 October.

    what happened?

    The event featured lightning talks, in-depth dialogues, creative labs, workshops, playgrounds and spaces for reflection and facilitated special encounters.

    role of 56SPACES

    56SPACES took the photos of this three days long event and in every 3 hours some new photos were online to share it with the rest of the world.