2-25 September 2022


On 2 September 2022 at 20h, my exhibition · r · e · s · p · o · n · g · e · will open at De Fabriek artists' initiative in Eindhoven.
The exhibition brings together a number of objects, interventions and walks. The title · r · e · s · p · o · n · g · e · refers to my fascination with sponges (the animals) and the sponge-like quality in ourselves. The exhibition reveals the interwoven nature of my walking performances, Indonesian heritage and my artistic working methods, which are rooted in ecological thinking and making.

From 2022 to 2023 I am participating in a residency at De Fabriek. The start of this working period is marked by a presentation of my work, taking place from 2 to 25 September. As part of the residency, I am developing a public walk for each season (2022-2023), based in and around De Fabriek, Eindhoven.


4 September 2022, 12-18h


At the invitation of Derde Wal Nijmegen I will show my work OBSERVER on September 4th at the Oudedijk in Nijmegen-Lent. OBSERVER consists of round canvas rugs with a diameter of about eight meters and some small round cutouts. The work is part of an art route curated by Derde Wal on behalf of Festival De Oversteek. Participating artists: Eef Veldkamp, Lola Bezemer, Isolde Venrooy amongst others.


16 July 2022


From Friday 15 to Sunday 17 July, PrintRoom Rotterdam organizes the first Books Are Bridges Summit – a small-scale gathering for artist publishers with space for connection, experiment and DIY workshops, spread across locations in Rotterdam: from the allotment to the docks. On Saturday 16 July I am developing a walk.


7-12 June 2022


My work CARDBOARD CARPETS (2003) is selected for the Intergenerational Graduation Show, curated by Design Academy Eindhoven at Salone del Mobile in Milan. The Intergenerational Graduation Show brings together works from graduates across 75 years of its existence.

CARDBOARD CARPETS' consists of pieces of cardboard, a material which is commonly considered a waste material, stitched together in the form of carpets. The carpets are inspired by the practice of construction workers, who spread out empty cardboard boxes in order to protect floors while constructions take place.


20 May 2022


VOX-POP is the ‘creative space’ of the University of Amsterdam's Faculty of Humanities. They organise and host innovative and inspiring events in order to create a bridge between the academic world and the city, between art and science, between culture and society. I developed a walk as part of their program Wat is (t)huis?

24 October – 18 December 2022


The Wildtuin is a joint project of circa...this and Mestlab31. Different generations of artists are paired together in duos and given six weeks of space to come up with something new together. During this workingperiod the emphasis is on the process rather than the final product.
Participants Wildtuin 2022:
Matthieu Reijnoudt, Marcel Alberts, Liedeke Taen, Peter Krynen, Wonne, Anand Mahabier, Mirka Farabegoli, Rinke Nijburg, Jessica Tiemessen, Pierre Estourgie, Chantal van Lieshout, Karel van der Eijk, Derk Müller and Isolde Venrooy.

24-28 January 2022


As coordinator and curator of the ArtEZ Winterlab, I have had many inspiring conversations over the past few months. For this artistic multidisciplinary project of ArtEZ University of the Arts, I developed an extensive program consisting of 27 labs in which 400 students from 9 different disciplines of art & design, music and theater participate. For example, there is the lab of artist Pavèl van Houten, where students spend three nights in his recently purchased hotel and think together about what the term 'hospitality' means. Studio Claudy Jongstra shares their knowledge of ecological and sustainable working methods. Students visit Claudy's paint plants botanical garden and her sheep herd. Architect and urban planner Wouter Pocornie is investigating decolonization and community building in Bijlmer-West in Amsterdam with students.

Participating artists: Riet Wijnen, Willem de Haan, Pavèl van Houten, Theun Karelse, Sunjoo Lee & Ko de Beer, Jake Caleb, Studio Claudy Jongstra, Flora van Dullemen, Urok Shirhan, Lua Vollaard, Roshan Nejal, Marlies Leupen / Drawing Centre Diepenheim, Gabriel Fontana, Boey Wang & Simon Dogger, Rosa Paardenkooper, Stichting Strandlab Almere, Meta van Drunen & Cleo Thomas, Gouden Haas / Gienke Deuten & Marieke Nooren, Ana Guedes, Poernima Gobardhan, Wouter Pocornie, Sjef van Beers, Noufri Bachdim, Ikram El Messaoudi, Małgorzata Miśniakiewicz & Claudia Schouten, Dirk van Lieshout, Domenique Himmelsbach de Vries, Stichting Perdu, Nina van de Ven, Katrijn Verstegen, Domas van Wijk.

Concept & programming: Isolde Venrooy
Projectassistent: Koen van Zwol
Winterlab Talks: Nelleke Hendriks & Eef Veldkamp
Online poster design: Noa Zuidervaart
Riso poster design: Ilse Knook
Film: Eva ten Cate & Hannah Vonk

7 January – 31 March 2021


I am selected for a three month residency at SUNDAYMORNING@EKWC in 2021. The European Centre for Ceramics (EKWC) is an international workplace where artists, designers and architects explore the technical and artistic possibilities of ceramics.


3 July 2021


The European Centre for Ceramics (EKWC) will present all kinds of work-in-progress on Saturday the 3rd of July 2021 during Test Case XXIII. A Test Case is an open day where visitors can stroll through studios, workshops, and presentation rooms.

Participants Test Case XXIII:
Brian Anderson, Stéphanie Baechler, Elena Bajo, Ronald Bal, Sabrina Basten, Marcel van den Berg, Boris van Berkum, Dinie Besems, Marieke Bolhuis, Wilma Bosland, Carl Boutard, William Cobbing, Delphine Courtillot, Tomas Dirrix, Koen Dudink, Janina Frye, Maria Brisa Fumero Gonzales, Marly Gootzen, Kim Habers, Keele Haftner, Theo Harper, Humade, Nayoung Jeong, Gereon Krebber, Guus Kusters, Mirte van Laarhoven, Daniel Maalman, Domenico Mangano & Marieke van Rooy, Annemarie Nibbering, Denise Pelletier, Tamara van San, Linda Sormin, Maja Pop Trajkova, Isolde Venrooy, Anne Verhoijsen, Ton Vleuten, Birgitta de Vos.

5 April - 2 May 2021


Support Space is an exhibition with works by Stan Gonera, Wanda Tiersma and Isolde Venrooy in Kunstruimte Willem Twee 's-Hertogenbosch and curated by Jade Kerste. Point of departure was the following question: how can we connect with each other if we have to keep a distance?

15 May 2021


Review in Metropolis M online about Support Space, an exhibition with works by Stan Gonera, Wanda Tiersma and Isolde Venrooy in Kunstruimte Willem Twee 's-Hertogenbosch. Curated by Jade Kerste. Review written by Loes van Beuningen.


December 2020 - February 2021


I am invited to present a sketch proposal to the art committee of the municipality of Nijmegen. This time for an artwork for Dijkkwartier Oost in Nijmegen. In early February 2021 I will present my latest sketch proposal to the art committee.

BACTERIA, ARCHAEA, EUKARYA is an ode to all living organisms and their positive interdependence. Commissioned to design a proposal for an art work for Dijkkwartier Oost, a new housing area in Nijmegen, I recently presented my preliminary sketch to the municipality’s art committee. Bacteria, archaea and eukarya are the three domains of life. Humans – like plants, animals and fungi – belong to the eukarya, whose cells contain a nucleus. Bacteria and archaea are single-celled organisms. The housing complex will be inhabited by entities from all domains: interconnecting, co-living, sharing accountability. The work consists of globular glass forms, handblown and colored, that jointly sculpt the words BACTERIA, ARCHAEA, EUKARYA. The words are positioned on top of the tall buildings via especially designed metal constructions (referring to stained glass, visually resembling diatoms), and in smaller font above their front entrances, illuminated at night. Material and technical research for this work is based on the interacting of all things and beings. The work is a critique on weighty formal categorizations, while emphasizing the existence of significant entities at the same time.

21-25 June 2021


Zomerlab is an interdisciplinary programme of ArtEZ University of the Arts in which students travel through The Netherlands accompanied by artists and designers. A total of 120 students from eight different courses – ranging from art & design and theatre – will take part.

Participating artists: Afra Eisma, Dirk van Lieshout, Roland van Dierendonck, Jake Caleb, Domenique Himmelsbach de Vries, Anaïs López, Wessel Verrijt, Boey Wang.
Concept & programming: Isolde Venrooy
Poster design: Hannah van der Heide
Film crew: Caya Emmelkamp & Carlyn Westerink

18 – 22 January 2021


In recent months I, together with project assistant Koen van Zwol, have worked on the concept and programme for Winterlab at ArtEZ University of the Arts, Zwolle. Winterlab is an artistic, interdisciplinary programme where artists and designers are invited to work with a group of students for a week, centring on a certain topic. A total of 430 students from nine different courses – ranging from art & design to theatre and music – will take part.

Areas of attention for Winterlab include non-human entities, activism, post-colonialism, social design, queer theory, speculative design, but also crafts – old and new – spanning various forms of artistic expression in the Anthropocene era. The programme is informed by reflection on pressing social issues and artistic work from enthusiastic contemporary makers.

Participating artists:
Ambassade van de Noordzee, Soner Arslan, Sema Bekirovic, Annebelle Binnerts, Sara Blokland, Marjolijn Boterenbrood, Simon Dogger, Eat Art Collective, Caz Egelie, Bart Eysink Smeets, Florea, Harpo ‘t Hart, Esmay Groot Koerkamp, Maureen Ghazal, Domenique Himmelsbach de Vries, Studio Nienke Hoogvliet, Thijs Jaeger, Bart Koldewee, Anne van Leeuwen, Studio Nicky Liebregts, Fiona Lutjenhuis, Ceel Mogami de Haas, Oddstream, Ronald van Rikxoort, Helmut Smits, The Rodina, Tereza Ruller, Sam Samiee, Urok Shirhan, Laurette van Slobbe, Luca Soudant, Menno Vermeulen, Boey Wang, Domas van Wijk, Riet Wijnen, Bart van de Woestijne, Lieke Wouters.

Concept & programming: Isolde Venrooy
Projectassistent: Koen van Zwol
Poster design: Noa Zuidervaart, Maaike Plugge
Film: Hannes Schievink & Noa Zuidervaart
Administrative support: Arjen Grolleman

November 2019


Interview about TRACK, my work for Biennale Gelderland in Metropolis M online. Written by Lotte van Geijn.


04 October - 29 November 2020


Participating in Mind Your Step, a group exhibition and public program about walking as a form of knowledge gathering. Interactive walks are developed that take the public on a journey about mobility as a way of knowing the world around us. Participating artists: Tim Knowles, Tom Bekkers, Iris Hoppe, Justin Bennett, Chikako Watanabe, Naomi Bueno de Mesquita, Liesje van den Berk, Malú Cayetano Molina & Sonia Pérez, Ienke Kastelein, Isolde Venrooy, Esther Hovers.


February – June 2020


Together with researcher and writer Marlies van Hak I am a 'critical friend' on an educational program at the Radboud Honours Academy Nijmegen. It consisted of a series of workshops and discussions at cultural venues. As ‘critical friends’ we reflected on embodied learning, educational tracks and entanglement of artistic and theoretical domains.

October 2019 – January 2020


For Seelenwanderung (Biennale Gelderland 2019), 16 artists were invited to create new work. We have developed new work in public space along the Sint Jansbeek in the center of Arnhem. In addition, we have shown existing work at Museum het Valkhof Nijmegen.

Participating artists: Frank Bruggeman, Mirka Farabegoli, Gijs Frieling, Roos van Haaften, Seet van Hout, Karlijn Janssen, Aldwin Lehr, Thijs Linssen, Erik Mattijssen, Erik Odijk, Maria Roosen, Rob Sweere, Gerda ten Thije, Isolde Venrooy, Gijs Verhoofstad, Rob Voerman.

22 – 26 June 2020


Programming Zomerlab PREPPEN 2020 for ArtEZ University of the Arts. Zomerlab PREPPEN is an interdisciplinary project in which approximately 100 students art & design and interior architecture work on topical issues in society.
Participating artists: Daan Couzijn, Tinkebell, Domenique Himmelbach de Vries, Anaïs López, Maureen Ghazal, Andre Pielage, Bart van de Woestijne, Maarten Bel.
Concept & programming: Isolde Venrooy

7 March 2020 – cancelled because of the coronavirus


Participating in exhibiton Hooglicht, curated by Marena Seeling, at Omstand Arnhem. Participating artists: Jochem Rotteveel, Karlijn Janssen, Richard van der Aa, Maaike Kramer, Hans Everaert, Franck Gribling, Isolde Venrooy, Kathleen Huys and Simon Oud.


June 2019


In the exhibition Invisible Landscape the artists Florentijn Hofman, Gijs Verhoofstad, Isolde Venrooy, Rob Sweere, Attic Lab perfumes and Waag's Open Wetlab highlight aspects of the landscape that are normally almost unnoticeable or even completely invisible. They use different media for this; not only visually, but also in the form of odor and sound installations. Visitors are encouraged to discover more of the landscape by feeling, looking, tasting, hearing and smelling. Curator: Isabelle Bisseling.
Location: Van Borsselenweg 36, Oosterbeek.

6 September – 4 October 2020


Exhibition at the new location of Gallery O-68, formerly a church and a gymnastics room. Participating artists: Harrie Gerritz, Marena Seeling, Isolde Venrooy. Location: Oranjestraat 74, Velp



The book Discovery of the Well-known guides the reader through several enlargements of my paintings from the serie Typology of an ideal landscape. From a detail to the whole and back. Just as it is required to observe the paintings closer and step away from them in order to experience the work.

Photography 4/5 inch slide film: Antje Peters
Photography exhibitions: Jan Adriaans
Text: Margriet Kemper
Design: Rob van Hoesel
Publisher: The Eriskay Connection

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