Apprentice Master

Experiment, exploration and trying out as the start of a professional career

Apprentice Master project

The Apprentice Master project supports and motivates newly graduated artists at the start of their professional career. The selected talents no longer have the guidance of the art academy to fall back on. During this project, they will be supported by renowned artists in exploring their professional possibilities.

In their last year, Kunstpodium T works together with the affiliated art academies to select promising young art talents. They are paired up with an experienced artist who has already proven himself or herself in the art world. Together with this master, the apprentices go into dialogue about their vision on art and all the aspects of being a professional artist. The result of this trajectory is a group exhibition on one of our five affiliated art locations across the Netherlands. In 2017-2018, around 50 apprentices are connected to 13 masters. At the end of the season, an expert jury from Brabant will nominate the best candidates for the coveted Jan Naaijkens Prize.

The apprentices get the possibility to experiment, to learn and to try new things. New media can be explored, like creating installations, video and digital art. This can be created solo or in collaboration with other apprentices. With this project, Kunstpodium T offers them a place for research and experiment, where new paths can be explored, where new connections can be made and where new ideas can be materialised.

In the previous ten years, an organic network has originated consisting of apprentices, masters and partners. A network that creates the exchange of knowledge and stimulates cross-pollination of artistic inspiration, opinions and experiences. The young talents will find themselves in an inspiring international environment that will form the fundament of their professional career.

Master Talks

As part of the Apprentice Master project, a number of Master Talks will be hosted. During these, a moderator will go into dialogue with one of the masters of the program. These talks will take place at Museum de Pont in Tilburg, prior to the opening of the exhibition of the master with his or her apprentice-group. The talks are free and will be in Dutch.

Year master  –  Danielle Lemaire

Every year, Kunstpodium T invites a year master that, like a curator, selects the list with masters for that season of the Apprentice Master project. This season, visual artist Danielle Lemaire is the year master. Managing director Klaartje Esch and Danielle have selected this year’s masters and paired them up with the apprentices. The groups are formed based on portfolios and presentations, keeping work ethic, working method and subject matter in mind. The groups challenge each other, question each others work in a constructing way and show the diversity of the visual arts.

Danielle Lemaire

Danielle Lemaire makes drawings, paintings, audio works, installations and movies. She makes books, records, cds and cassettes that she released on her own label Inner Landscapes. She organises exhibition and live events and is a creative coach. She also works as a curator for i.e. the art program of Extrapool is Nijmegen. In 2017 she was one of the scouts for the prestigious Prix de Rome. She also was one of the masters in the Apprentice Master-season 2017-2018 to take some newly graduated artists under her wings. 

Her work develops itself on all fronts in an organic and very attentive way. She sees this way of working as essential to a clear dialogue with the world. Danielle’s drawings and paintings depict topics such as an ’empty’ interior in which human traces are tangible, shadows of human life, a dream. She likes to research the surroundings of her work in these relations: what is the (historic) story behind the space? What is the meaning of the works in relation to their environment?


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Kunstpodium T recognises and supports art talent with exchange of knowledge and experiment.

Contact information

Klaartje Esch, Managing Director
(+31)6 – 18081128

Kunstpodium T
Noordstraat 105
5038 EH Tilburg
The Netherlands