3 June Opening of the exhibition Cure Park 16.00

rainbowsoulclub at CurePark 2017 Amsterdamse Bos

Cure Park info text: Rainbow Soulclub, Flowers from the Cardboard Hotel,
How do you survive in the urban jungle? Under the name Rainbow Soulclub the visual artists Saskia Janssen and George Korsmit work together with Stichting De Regenboog in Amsterdam, drop-in centers for the homeless and for hard-drug users. Collaboration between artists and visitors is on an equality basis: there are no ‘helpers’ or ‘needy’.
Visitors of drop-in centers are often masters of survival. They help each other and have their own ‘health care system’: they take care of those who have nothing, they share clothes, money and food and, sometimes even drugs when a person threatens to fall ill. During Cure Park, get-togethers will be held with the artists, visitors of the drop-in center Blaka Watra and the public. Here, practical strategies are shared, but also mental, philosophical and creative methods to hold out in the chaos of the city. In addition, a selection of video footage, drawings and texts from visitors are on display. All knowledge, experiences and views that arise from these get-togethers will be compiled in a manual ‘Overleven en voor elkaar zorgen in de stedelijke omgeving’ (Surviving and looking after each other in an urban environment).
Furthermore, Rainbow Soulclub organizes a clothes-exchange in the Amsterdamse Bos, using clothes from the Blaka Watra center. Cure Park visitors can take a shower and pick up clean clothes for free, provided they leave behind the clothes they are wearing. These clothes will be washed in Blaka Watra and added to the clothes exchange in the center. Everyone can participate in the collective wardrobe of Blaka Watra and experience what it feels like to have nothing, not even the clothes on your back.
Rainbow Soulclub is an initiative of the visual artists Saskia Janssen (NL, 1968) and George Korsmit (NL, 1953). Since 2005 they organize get-togethers and collaborations between artists, students and visitors of De Regenboog Groep. In 2016 Flowers from The Cardboard Hotel was published, a 256-page book featuring a selection of the projects that were carried out between 2005-2015.
The get-togethers will be held on June 5, July 8 and July 15, from 2 to 4 pm.
Gather at location 3 on the map.
Get-togethers are limited to 10 participants. Register at the program http://www.curepark.nl/en/program/  

With many thanks & rainbowkisses to soulclub members  Fanny Kriek & Eke Kriek, best building team in the world!


21 May Interview with the jajajaneeneenee radio, at the Stadsschouwburg



21 May, Playtime at the Stadsschouwburg

RainbowSoulclub is participating at the Kunstvlaai festival. You can meet us here on Sunday 21 May at 14.00 for poetry, live painting and a good advice from a stranger. All Welcome!!



19 May KunstVlaai Speed Dating at the Stadsschouwburg

with Friday 19 May, You can speed date with us & many more artist initiatives, from 12.00-15.00 at the SSBA Salon.



Flowers from the Cardboard Hotel

Our book Flowers from the Cardboard Hotel is available !!! clients of De Regenboog and Rainbow Soulclub members can pick up a free copy on mondays between 3-6h at the painting table in Blaka Watra. The book is for sale at De Regenboog, at the San Serriffe bookshop or borrow it from the library at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy or the Rijksakademie. And we are open for (book) trades, send us a message!

Rainbow Soulclub book, page 98-99, 2017


Coming up: exhibition Cure Park in Het Amsterdamse Bos

We are happily participating in Cure Park, an Art manifestation in the Amsterdam Forest, June 4 through July 16, 2017. For details check: www.curepark.nl  With a.o.: JayJay, Ulrich, Sena, Ebby, Leo, Govert, Harold, Roy, Clifton, Saskia, George.

RainbowSoulclub's Harold Kensmil, 2017 

Harold Kensmil, preparing gourds for drinking and bathing, for Cure Park.                                                         .

11 May, artist talk for KABK students at W139

11 May, 12h, Rainbow Soulclub artist talk for KABK students at W139, Warmoesstraat 139, Amsterdam, with Ebby Addo, Saskia Janssen, George Korsmit a.o.

Detail of anner by Sena, Rainbow Soulclub, Amsterdam, 2015

28 April, Start of our new film: ‘Flowers from the Cardboard Hotel’

Today we are having the first shooting days of our new film ‘Flowers from the Cardboard Hotel’,  we will be filming over a period of one year! More news to come.

Interview in Het Parool, 26 Februari 2017

RainbowSoulclub in Het Parool, februari 2017

19 December, special guest Erik Hagoort at Blaka Watra

RainbowSoulclub is hosting Erik Hagoort’s research & discussion group, this time the subject is: ‘Loopholes’ 19 december at Blaka Watra. 19.00h at Blaka Watra, free food & drinks! A report of the discussion will be drawn by Karina and will be published appr. march 2018.

Erik Hagoort's research and discussion group hosted by RainbowSoulclub at the Blaka Watra Shelter