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European Academy of Participation

This article reflects on 3 years of an Erasmus+ funded Strategic Partnership project on participation in and through the arts, its network dynamics, key outcomes and its embeddedness in a European policy context. It concludes with a brief outlook on future activities.

Questioning Traumatic Heritage

Spaces of Memory in Europe, Argentina, Colombia (SPEME) is a EU-funded (Horizon2020) programme of exchanges between academics working on memory, trauma and heritage and practitioners working at sites of memory in Italy, The Netherlands, Argentina and Colombia.

Heritage Contact Zone

Heritage Contact Zone (HCZ) is a EU project that investigates the potential of heritage as a contact zone, a space in which artistic production and creative processes can involve citizens to think about the future we want to live in: across boundaries of time and culture.

EuropeS. The Green Guide to the Perplexed

The Castrum Peregrini Dialogue manifested in a glossy magazine about belonging and togetherness in an ever more polarized, fragmented and inhumane world.

The summer of EAP

In the forthcoming months, Castrum Peregrini will be involved in the organization and production of three different courses in Amsterdam, Bucharest and Marseille. These seminars are part of an ongoing project regarding diverse open educational programs which revolve around creative participatory practices. This is an initiative built by the European Academy of Participation (EAP) – an organization conformed by Castrum Peregrini and 9 other partners from different parts of Europe.

Critical Pedagogies at Castrum Peregrini

On Friday 9th March, our Artist in Residence and senior research lecturer, Renée Turner, hosted 2018’s edition of Critical Pedagogies at Castrum Peregrini for students enrolled in the two-year Master Education in Arts programme at Piet Zwart Institute, an interdisciplinary research programme merging theory and practice.

Call for participation - EAP summer schools

Castrum Peregrini is excited to offer 15 fully financed places in 3 intensive course modules on participatory art in Bucharest (11-26 May), Amsterdam (2-10 June) and Marseille (2-12 July).Participants will have the opportunity to address ethical and practical issues relating to participation, work with other dedicated artists and cultural practitioners from different European perspectives, and be able share their own knowledge and skills to their peers.

The Warp and Weft of Memory

The Warp and Weft of Memory is a research project by artist Renée Turner. She has been funded by the Mondriaan Fund to work at Castrum Peregrini from September 2016 to September 2018.  The work explores the wardrobe of Gisèle d’Ailly van Waterschoot van der Gracht, and the ways in which it reflects her life, work, and histories through textiles and clothing.

Call for the immediate release of Osman Kavala

We, the friends and supporters of Castrum Peregrini, are deeply concerned by the recent arrest of Osman Kavala. Kavala was detained on 18 October Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport upon returning from the southeastern city of Gaziantep. He has been held in detention ever since. No charges have so far been laid against him.

Transhistoric Coalition welcomes Smári Róbertsson

De Oude Kerk, Museum van Loon, Castrum Peregrini and De Reinwardt Academie form the Transhistorical Coalition. Each year they support an artist to live in Amsterdam and realise a inter- or transhistorical work in their premises.

Living as Form

this two-day international conference in amsterdam about participatory art in education and culture featured keynote presentations of cutting edge initiatives, panel discussions, workshops and open space technology sessions for an active role of all participants sharing their practice and peer-to-peer exchange.

Castrum Peregrini Dialogue

We have realised the first round of our think tank, the Castrum Peregrinin Dialogue, with the generous support of the Pauwhoff Fund and in close partnership with the European Cultural Foundation and the Dialogue Advisory Group. The latter – an internationally acclaimed group of peace mediators- holds office here in our premises.

Residencies supported by Mondriaan Fund

The work of Pieter Paul Pothoven (1981, NL) comprises sculpture, installation, and includes different forms of writing as well. In his projects, he searches for alternative ways of engaging with the past through study of historical sites, artifacts and resources, in order to mediate new relationships with history often based on their potential use-value in the present.

New 3Package Deal coalition: Transhistoricity

De Oude Kerk, Museum van Loon, Castrum Peregrini and De Reinwardt Academie make up the new coalition “Transhistoriciteit” supported within the framework of 3Package Deal. It wants to stimulate ‘creative producers’ to develop activities that connect and combine historic periods and cultural contexts.

European Academy of Participation

The European Academy of Participation (EAP) brings together 10 partners from all over Europe, including higher education institutions and arts and culture organisations. The project aims to make a contribution to a more inclusive Europe, in which people live together in mutual respect of their differences.


Amie Dicke: "When I first saw the scribble saying ’DO NOT TOUCH~ I am sorting important souvnirs’ on top of an untouched pile of papers, this message perfectly described my own observations at Castrum Peregrini. The note was one of the many small personal reminders from the studio of artist Gisèle (1912-2013), which she wrote down to organize her daily life in the house she eventually lived in for seventy years.

Een huis als muze

Een samwenwerking tussen Amie Dicke en Castrum Peregrini. nov 2013- nov 2014.

Silent Heroes

The Learning Partnerships looks back on an exciting and rich first half of the project. The project has made a vibrant start during its first partners meeting in Amsterdam during which the partners have agreed on a structure.

Silent Heroes, Living Memory.

The context of hiding during the second world war as a challenge for cultural memory organisations