Springboard Art Fair

The Springboard Art Fair took place from the 8th to 11th of June, and was housed in the cavernous Werkspoorkathedraal in Utrecht. Aiming to shine a light on more than 100 artists who graduated during the three or so years of pandemic limbo, the participants were picked by ‘coaches’ — a diverse selection of curators, gallerists, artists and organizers who guided the artists through the one-off event. On show were an eclectic range of practices, the final presentation itself falling between a ‘traditional’ art fair and a more personal group show.

Springboard Art Fair
Tonnie Heijdra

Despite the oppressive heat the fair was well-attended, showcasing the up-and-coming artists working in the Netherlands today. There were edible marshmallow sculptures, fluffy furniture, wine-tasting performances, gonzo podcasting, large-scale ceramics, paintings that glowed beneath the glass roof of the factory and much, much more.

Here are some impressions of the presentations at the Springboard Art Fair:

Katarina Juričić
Marieke Peeters
Springboard Art Fair
Cas van Deurssen
Marieke Peeters and Donglai Meng
Lena Longafey
Leonie Bradner, Alex Avgud, Cindy Wegner, Jun Zhang, Mazen Al Ashkar
Jhonie van Boeijen, Noah Arends, Kee van de Meer
Springboard Art Fair
Daisy Madden-Wells, Christina de Korte
Jelle van Kuilenburg, Larissa Esvelt, Tom van veen, Derk Muller
Jochem Mestriner and Diego Virgen
Diego Virgen and Muzammil Hussain
Ischa Kempka
Springboard Art Fair
Yang Ha
Dagmar Bosma
Tara-Eva Kuijpers Wentink
Bas Schippers
Trees Heil