Destined for residential redevelopment by 2020, the former industrial estate now serves as a temporary home for the DordtYart project. Thus tied to a strict 8-year timeframe, the project’s founders, Arie Jaap Warnaar and Lyda Vollebregt, knew they had to act fast, focus on practical solutions, and max out the site’s creative scope. The former marine plant’s interior, renovated by 2012 Architects, is now fully operational and invites artists to explore the notion of large-scale installations.

Peter Vink installing his work, photo by DordtYart
Peter Vink installing his work, photo by DordtYart

With its open layout, DordtYart combines exhibition and production under one roof and removes all barriers between the two. While visitors can enjoy the art on display, they can also shadow the artists at work, follow the development of new projects, or glimpse unusual behind-the-scenes peeks. At the same time, the unique and ambitious layout fosters dialog among the artists and encourages them to share expertise and resources.

Work in progress, Kate Keara Pelen (artist in residency 2013), photo by DordtYart
Work in progress, Kate Keara Pelen (artist in residency 2013), photo by DordtYart

Right now, DordtYart showcases a site-specific kinetic sculpture by Peter Vink, an eerie sound installation by Staalplaat Soundsystem, Dré Wapenaar’s piano pavilion, plus works-in-progress by a further ten international artists.

DordtYart
Location: Maasstraat 11, 3313 CR Dordrecht, Netherlands
Duration: April 13th – October 6th
Opening hours: Thursday through Sunday, 11am to 5pm
Admission: €7 (one person), €12.50 (two people)
For more information, please visit http://dordtyart.nl