‘Now Radical’ Workshop With Ruudt Peters

‘Now Radical’


Call for Applications


Ravenstein. The Netherlands


7 - 13 August 2017


Ruudt Peters



‘Now Radical’ Workshop With Ruudt Peters 

After the success of the last 16 years, this year Ruudt Peters begins his summer workshop under the title ‘NOW RADICAL’. Peters has been a professor at three of the most prestigious universities in Europe, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam 1990-2000, Ädellab at Konstfack University of Arts and Crafts in Stockholm 2004-2009, Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School in Florence 2009-2015. Through his Summer School he continues his teaching with a private program intended for students or graduates of art academies, and artists/designers/teachers who seek to deepen their work. Every year an international group of fine art artists and jewelry-makers participate in his workshop. The workshops are held in the countryside in the south of the Netherlands.

Jewellery making is a safe profession, it focuses on decoration and adornment. It is difficult to keep concepts clear to the end – the wearer looking always over the shoulder of the maker. In ‘NOW RADICAL’ we will avoid the voice of society, of mothers and fathers, we will try to be as personally radical as possible. We will turn away from trends in the field, we seek a ‘radical’ that does not rage against an external machine… but instead challenges and overturns the regulations within our own practices. We have to go over borders before we see our own habits. In ‘NOW RADICAL’ we will each seek a unique and personal ‘radicality’

In ‘NOW RADICAL’ we emphasize an awareness of your place as artist/jewellery-maker in the world. ‘NOW RADICAL’ takes the position between your self and the world. Between the real and the fake. In ‘NOW RADICAL’ we encourage your own image and habits and firmly confront you with them through art and art-jewellery making. ‘NOW RADICAL’ is about strength, we will positively convert this energy into art and art jewellery. In ‘NOW RADICAL’ we will only use natural materials. Materials which are supplied raw from the earth. By treating these materials with respect there arises honour and another sort of form language - a language close to man, and the wearer of jewellery.

In this workshop ‘NOW RADICAL’ we learn how to look, work and talk. We have to stand for what we are, and what we are making. ‘NOW RADICAL’ is a workshop where we will discover and explore the power of the maker. You will fine tune and connect with our own radicality, guiding yourself on the way to delve deeper into your own visual language and see yourself better.

Together we will search for your own “RADICALITY”. This means that you will get in contact with yourself. We will guide you through your primary experience, teach you to formulate your own positions, and support you in translating this into making fine art and art jewellery. ‘NOW RADICAL’ is about taking another approach at our experience of making, a statement about how you can relate to your own inner force. Artists, students and teachers are stimulated to produce work around this idea. By doing so, it is important that there is not only rational reflection, but also allowing the subconscious to enter into the work process. Each participant, fine-artist or art-jeweller will formulate the frame of her/his reference.

The ‘NOW RADICAL’ course is built on a step-by-step process of education in which an end product is not the most important goal. The emphasis lies on personal guidance and development. The participants are given the tools with which to continue this process on their own. By means of direct action people learn to take steps.

Open Call to Students

This year we continue the ‘open call’ especially for students from art-schools, they can apply to attend ‘NOW RADICAL’ for a reduced price of € 925,-- exclusive 21% VAT tax. There are 4 grants for young art-students and recent graduates who have completed studies in the last year.  Students who receive the grant will also have to do some supporting work during the workshop.  How to apply? Please send with your application: 1, Letter of recommendation from your professor. 2, Official certificate of registration from your university. 3, statement about why you want to attend the workshop and what you want to learn.



7 till 13 August, 2017. 8.00-20.00 hrs total  ± 60 hrs teaching


Monday, 7th August 2017, 9.00 hrs at Poelstraat 4 Ravenstein

The course starts:

Monday, 7th August 2017, 10.00 hrs at the summer studio.

The course ends

Sunday, 13th August 2017, after breakfast.


Sunday, 13th August 2017, 11.00 hrs.


Summer Studio, Ravenstein. the Netherlands

Accommodations: 2 / 4 person rooms, St. Laurenshoeve, Ravenstein.


Including accommodation, food, drinks, wine, and insurance.

€ 1850,-- euro exclusive 21% VAT


Please mail to: info@ruudtpeters.nl

  • application form
  • 6 images of your work, only in 72 dpi.
  • selfie photo of yourself
  • curriculum vitae
  • statement of motivation: why you like to follow ‘NOW RADICAL’

Number: ±12 persons can participate in the course

For further Information

Ruudt Peters, Berenstraat 17-C, 1016 GG Amsterdam, the Netherlands