A Tale Of A Tub

About

Organization

Operating from the former bathhouse at the heart of the monumental Justus van Effen complex in Rotterdam (NL), A Tale of a Tub stimulates new developments in contemporary art and explores their meaning within the realm of art and beyond. A Tale of a Tub offers a testing ground for ideas stemming from the practices of artists, curators and theorists. A Tale of a Tub was founded by Nathanja van Dijk and Suzanne Wallinga and is run in partnership with Carolyn H Drake. Taking their academic backgrounds as a departure point the curators commit to give contemporary art in the Netherlands new impulses whilst pursuing collaborations with initiatives abroad.

The name A Tale of a Tub refers to the former bathhouse as well as to the first major work written by the Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist and poet, Jonathan Swift. The work was translated into Dutch by the author Justus van Effen, who achieved international recognition as a writer of periodicals. Research, dialogue and reflection lie at the center of A Tale of a Tub’s programming. Intertwined with the presentation program, a local public program is organized, consisting of performances, screenings, artist talks, publications, lectures by curators and scholars, and theory development with regards to the practices of A Tale of a Tub’s participating artists.

Since 2014, A Tale of a Tub has presented solo and duo exhibitions by Maurice Blaussyld, Kelly Schacht, John Skoog, Evelyn Taocheng Wang, Igshaan Adams, Paul Geelen, Dario D’Aronco, Kerstin Ergenzinger, Alejandro Cesarco, Yeb Wiersma, Hamza Halloubi, Lotte Reimann, Emma van der Put, Jonathas de Andrade, Michal Helfman, Christopher Kulendran Thomas i.c.w. Annika Kuhlmann, Basel Abbas en Ruanne Abou Rahme, and Shezad Dawood. Group exhibitions included work by Zarouhie Abdalian, Ian Kiaer, Apichatpong Weerasethakul & Chai Siris, Helen Dowling, Basma Alsharif, Jason Loebs, Isaac Julien, Paulo Nazareth, Mounir Fatmi, Ursula Biemann, Olfa Ben Ali, Adrian Paci, Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen, Himali Singh Soin & David Soin Tappeser, Nicoline Timmer, Lee Kit, Tamar Guimarães & Kasper Akhøj and K.r.m. Mooney, among others.

Collaborations include:

Society for Women in Philosophy (Netherlands), Pilar Corrias Gallery (London), Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, C.o.C.A. Foundation, Piet Zwart Institute (Rotterdam), Gerrit Rietveld Academy (Amsterdam), Museu d’Història de Catalunya (Barcelona), LOOP Barcelona, blank projects (Cape Town), A4 Art Foundation, Art Rotterdam, Vanity Projects (New York & Miami), the Department of Radiology & Nuclear Medicine, Erasmus MC Rotterdam, Schering Stiftung (Berlin), Lost & Found (Amsterdam), The Wren Library, Trinity College (Cambridge), the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Vienna), Maruf Foundation (dedicated to improve a better position of Muslim LGBTs in the Netherlands and around the world), DE PLAYER (Rotterdam), EYE Film Institute (Amsterdam), Mr Bharat Lachmansingh (Rotterdam), the Rotterdam Sanitation Department, the Rotterdam Public Library, Charles Nypels Lab (Maastricht), Media Art Morocco, Artport Tel Aviv.

Supported by:

Municipality of the city of Rotterdam, Prince Bernhard Culture Fund, Mondriaan Fund, Stokroos Foundation, BankGiro Lottery Fund/DOEN Foundation, KUNSTENISRAËL, OUTSET Netherlands, Crown Fine Art, Pauwhof Fund, DeltaPORT Donation Fund, Goethe-Institut Rotterdam, Humboldt University, CBK Rotterdam, Prince Claus Fund, Fonds Kwadraat, Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, HMA Schadee Fund, Van der Mandele Foundation, Volkskracht Foundation and private donors.

 


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Address

A Tale of a Tub
Justus van Effenstraat 44
3027 TK Rotterdam
The Netherlands

info [at] a-tub [dot] org

Opening Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1 – 6pm and by appointment

Former bathhouse in the Justus van Effen Complex, now A Tale of a Tub.

Board of Directors:
Nathanja van Dijk (Co-Founder)
Carolyn H Drake
Suzanne Wallinga (Co-Founder)

Team:
Yana van Eekert (Gallery manager)
Milda Januševičiūtė (Production)
Nancy Hoffmann (Urban Dramaturg)
Jan Bokma (Technician)
Clement Georgescu (Audiovisual Support)
Koehorst in ‘t Veld (Graphic Design)

Hosts:
Danni van Amstel, Laura Aranda Morales, Maud van den Beuken, Emily van Dijk, Nadia van Essen, Daniëlle de Hoog, Honey Kraiwee, Mohadeseh Rahimitabar, Lenya Slierendrecht, Annemarie Slobbe and Iris van Wijk.

A Tale of a Tub has worked with:
Fleur van Muiswinkel, curator Oude Kerk (former co-director)
Eloise Sweetman, independent curator and founder of Shimmer (guest curator)
Noor Mertens, director Kunstverein Langenhagen (guest curator)
Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk, The Office for Curating (guest curator)
Hendrik Folkerts, curator documenta 14 (guest curator)
Nathalie Hartjes, director Showroom MAMA (guest curator)
Jack Segbars (research fellow)

Supervisory Board
Prof. dr. Inge van der Vlies (Professor Constitutional Law and Art, Universiteit van Amsterdam) Chair
Ronald Kolk (Investment Manager, Avedon Capital Partners, Amsterdam) Treasurer
Mathis J. Bout (Architect and consultant, founder and owner of URBMATH, Rotterdam)
Norbert de Munnik (Public Law & Regulatory Partner at NautaDutilh, Rotterdam)
 

NIEUWE DIRECTIE GEZOCHT

Wegens het vertrek van de huidige directie is A Tale of a Tub op zoek naar een nieuwe directeur of een nieuw team dat zowel het bestuur als de dagelijkse leiding op zich neemt en A Tale of a Tub een volgende fase in leidt. Voor de continuïteit is het wenselijk dat een nieuwe directie op korte termijn naast de huidige directeuren start.

Taken en verantwoordelijkheden:
A Tale of a Tub werkt met een Raad van Toezicht model. Dit betekent dat de directie als bestuur verantwoordelijk is voor visie, beleid en strategie. Van de directie wordt verwacht dat deze, in samenwerking met het team, invulling geeft aan de opdracht om de kunstprogrammering te verbinden aan een lokaal ingebed programma. De directie is inhoudelijk verantwoordelijk voor de programmalijnen, de bedrijfsvoering en alle interne en externe communicatie. Er wordt verantwoording afgelegd aan de Raad van Toezicht.

De Gemeente Rotterdam ondersteunt A Tale of a Tub vanuit het Cultuurplan 2017-2020. Het Mondriaan Fonds ondersteunt de programmering van 2019 en 2020 vanuit een bijdrage Meerjarenprogramma Presentatie-instellingen. Hiernaast dienen projectbijdragen te worden geworven om tot een sluitende jaarbegroting te komen.

Profiel van de nieuwe directie:
-Internationaal, relevant netwerk in de kunst en cultuur
-Beschikt over aantoonbare ervaring als curator of artistiek projectmanager binnen cultuur
-Bewezen leiderschapskwaliteiten en een hands-on mentaliteit
-Ervaring met fondsenwerving en het aantrekken van sponsoren en donateurs
-Ervaring met zakelijk projectmanagement en budgettering
-Ervaring met publieksprogrammering en het bereiken en engageren van diverse doelgroepen
-Sterke binding met de stad Rotterdam, woonachtig in Rotterdam of bereid te verhuizen
-Visie op cultuureducatie rondom hedendaagse kunstprogrammering
-Uitstekende communicatieve vaardigheden

Arbeidsvoorwaarden:
De honorering van de werkzaamheden is afhankelijk van de verworven financiële ondersteuning. Werkwijze en tijdbesteding worden in overleg met de Raad van Toezicht nader bepaald.

Reageren:
Graag ontvangen wij uiterlijk vrijdag 1 februari een uitgebreid cv voorzien van een korte motivatie via info@a-tub.org. Voor meer informatie kunt u contact opnemen met Suzanne Wallinga (06-275 824 02) of Nathanja van Dijk (06-460 147 06). Voor meer informatie over de sollicitatieprocedure kunt u contact opnemen met Inge van der Vlies, voorzitter Raad van Toezicht (06-515 775 43).

NEW DIRECTOR WANTED

Operating from the former bathhouse of the world-famous Justus van Effencomplex in Rotterdam, since 2014 A Tale of a Tub offers a critical view of society through the lens of contemporary art. A Tale of a Tub is a ‘testing ground’ where artists and other (art) professionals are given time and space to research and engage with today’s social issues. The program reflects current (inter)national developments through exhibitions, performances, conversations, (film) screenings and publications (on and offline).

With the departure of the existing management, A Tale of a Tub is looking for a new director or team to take over both the overall management and day-to-day running of the space, to lead A Tale of a Tub into its next phase. For continuity, it is desirable for the new director (team) to work alongside the current directors for a handover period.

Tasks and responsibilities:
A Tale of a Tub works with a Supervisory Board and a Board of Directors (as a new director, you are member of this board). The directors are responsible for A Tale of a Tub’s vision, policy and strategy. It is also the director’s task to implement these plans, in cooperation with the team, and link the art programming with a locally embedded program. The director is responsible for the content of the program, operational management and all internal and external communication. Accountability is given to the Supervisory Board.

The Municipality of Rotterdam supports A Tale of a Tub by means of the Culture Plan 2017-2020. The Mondriaan Fund supports the programming of 2019 and 2020 through a Multiannual Programming of Art Platforms grant. Additional project funds need to be raised in order to arrive at a balanced annual budget.

Profile of the new director (team):
-International, relevant network in art and culture
-Demonstrable experience as a curator or artistic project manager within the cultural sector
-Proven leadership qualities and a hands-on mentality
-Experience with fundraising and attracting sponsors and donors
-Experience with business project management and budgeting
-Experience with public programming, and reaching and engaging diverse target audiences
-Strong connection with the city of Rotterdam, living in Rotterdam or willing to relocate
-Vision on cultural education around contemporary art programming
-Excellent communication skills

Working conditions:
Remuneration is dependent on the acquired financial support. Work procedures and hours are determined in consultation with the Supervisory Board.

Applications:
We would like to receive an extensive CV and a short motivation letter by Friday 1 February via info@a-tub.org. For more information please contact Suzanne Wallinga (06-27582402) or Nathanja van Dijk (06-46014706). For more information about the application procedure, please contact Inge van der Vlies, chairman of the Supervisory Board (06-51577543).