When in 100 years time the dust has settled, how will we look back at our current social spatial interventions? Will our nostalgic desires have grown bigger or will they be replaced by an indomitable, technocratic belief in progress? Our desire to control the natural and a growing dependence on the artificial, changes the cultivated playground with it’s inhabitants step by step. In this social spatial discourse, interests conflict and correlate. We are in the middle of an obscure mix of short and long term considerations of which it’s hard to tell what the end results will be. Are we still in control of our urbanisation acts or will our desire for efficiency and control distort our definition of happiness and liveability?


Patrick van Vliet (1981, Zevenbergen) studied Urban Planning at Utrecht University. As a son of a dike builder, the water management seeds were planted early in his life. He now uses his interest for rural / urban design and social geography as a magnifying glass to give meaning to our existence. Patrick works in Utrecht, The Netherlands. 

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‘ Reality often exceeds the imagination. Despite this knowledge, you compete with your imaginative powers. Like a wrestling game, you try to extract your ideas from the opponents. Gravity, that pulls your ideas down. Realism, that makes your ideas plausible. The obvious, that makes it tasteless. ’

Ambassadors Program

Each year, 4 persons are selected to take part in the Ambassadors Program. Participants of the program can choose available work from a selected part of the collection for 6 months. After this period, the participant can pass on the ambassadors ticket to the next person. For more information about participating the program, please contact through mail.

The Ambassadors Program is there to make work available for any enthusiasts. An important pillar of the program is that art should be available to anyone, regardless of the size of the wallet. Furthermore, the program aims to bring more attention to the painting craftmanship as a reaction to the ‘IKEAnisation’ of interior walls.