Press release 08-01-2019

The New Current offers a platform to young artists at Art Rotterdam Week

From 6th till 10th of February 2019 The New Current is, for the first time, part of Art Rotterdam Week. In de baggage hall, at the ground level of the iconic Cruise Terminal on the Wilhelminakade a special Art Rotterdam Week edition will take place.

 The New Current is a new Rotterdam platform for artists at the start of their career. The organisation produces a yearly thematic exhibition solely with works of artists that graduated no longer then five years ago.  With an additional program around networks expansion, entry to the market and professional development, The New Current responds to the current situation within the art market. The domination of large galleries and art fairs creates a difficult position for starting artists who want to enter it. With the additional demise of smaller art spaces that focus on experimental presentations, it become even more challenging for young talents to develop, present and prove themselves.

The New Current had previous editions during 'Art Route Kralingen' and in the ZOHO quarter of Rotterdam with a presentation of amply 1000 m2. With the goal to create lasting possibilities for the presentation of young artists The New Current now initiates, as part of Art Rotterdam Week 2019, a special collaboration with art fair Qade Solo Project, taking place on the first floor of the Cruise Terminal. “By making a connection to Qade and the Art Week in general we offer an important platform to young artists’’, says co-curator Sophie de Vos. “Being part of an art fair is for many young artists extremely difficult. Without representation it is almost impossible. Besides that bringing unknown artists to an expensive art fair is for many galleries just too much of a risk. With The New Current at Art Rotterdam Week we want to offer these artists a new, much needed platform.”

The New Current offers next to a large exhibition a side program of various performances, also all by young artists. The entire program is free of charge.


The New Current // 6 t/m 10 February 2019

Open: Wed: 15:00 – 22:00 // Thurs, Fri: 12:00 – 20:00 // Sat, Sun: 10:00 – 18:00

Entrance: free

Address: Cruise Terminal, Wilhelminakade 699