Farm of the World explores new and sustainable futures for the countryside: how can the countryside contribute to a social, sustainable and dynamic local environment? The centre and starting point of the project is an abandoned farm in Húns, 12 kilometres from Leeuwarden. By bringing in people from all over the world to work together with the local resources, the Kreake becomes a production farm again – but this time, as an example of how creativity and cooperation can bring live to a formerly abandoned rural farm.

Farm of the World is a non-profit foundation aimed at stimulating awareness and sustainable relations with art, nature and culture and does this by organizing art and nature projects.

People

Gitta Luiten

Director

Gitta Luiten has over 20 years of experience in the cultural field and knows its policy and practice from the inside. She specialised in strategy, leadership and coaching. As director of the Mondriaan Foundation for 11 years she led one of the most acclaimed subsidy foundations in the Netherlands, promoting an active and innovative (inter)national policy.
Opzij Magazine elected her in 2010 most powerful woman in the culture sector.

 

Claudy Jongstra

Artistic director

Claudy Jongstra (1963) creates art pieces and architectural installations from hand felted material. Working in a closed eco-system is essential for the creative process. Comitted to the value chain of creation, she raises her own sheep, keeps bees, cultivates a botanical garden and grows her own plants for dyes. Jongstra’s oeuvre is founded on ethical values. Her work and life are inspired by stewardship, the promotion of bio-diversity and the preservation of a natural and cultural heritage.
Jongstra’s work is included in the collections of SFMOMA, San Francisco, Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Museum of Modern Art New York, Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia and the Frisian Museum in Leeuwarden.

 

Judith Öfner

Curator / producer

Judith Öfner lives and works in Amsterdam. After five years of working at the Mondriaan Foundation she left to take part in the curatorial residency of Node Center for Curatorial Studies in Berlin. Returning to the Netherlands she started a freelance practice in the arts, working as assistant curator of the Dutch entries to the Venice Biennale and various projects for Prince Claus Fund, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Museum Arnhem and the Mondriaan Fund.

 

Claudia Busson

Projectleader Botanics and Treasures of Nature

Claudia Busson was trained as restorer of carved wood and gilded objects and worked for various museums such as Amsterdam Museum, Fries Museum and the Nethterlands Institute for Cultural Heritage. She gained her experience in working in biodynamic agriculture at an estate in Umbria, Italy. For extensive training in this area she followed several courses at Warmonderhof and Kraaybeekerhof.
Since 2008 she has been involved in the creation of the dye crops garden of the Studio Claudy Jongstra. In 2011 Busson designed the vegetable garden of the Michaëlschool in Leeuwarden, in which she worked with several school classes until 2015. For the last 3 years Busson has been working on the creation of the gardens at the farm estate “De Kreake” in Húns. Out of her great love of nature and her sense of connection between plants, animals and humans, she involves youngsters in working on the land; growing crops, baking bread, and making bouquets.

 

Board of Farm of the World

The board of Farm of the World consists of:

 

– Saskia Bak (chairperson), director of Museum Arnhem

– Erik Vriesen, director Hofsteenge Zeeman Group

– Maria Tuerlings, former director of TransArtists

 

Contact
Farm of the World

Húns 32, 8832 KC Húns, The Netherlands
info@farmoftheworld.nl