Drawing Centre Diepenheim

Drawing Centre Diepenheim
Drawing Centre Diepenheim is the expertise centre in the field of contemporary drawing in the Netherlands. It is part of Kunstvereniging Diepenheim. Drawing Centre Diepenheim offers a broad vision of contemporary drawing. Experimentation, reflection and research into the practice of drawing and its interconnectedness with other disciplines play an important role in this.
Drawing Centre Diepenheim is led by artistic director Nanette Kraaikamp.

In the Drawing Centre Diepenheim you will find:

  • Three temporary exhibitions on contemporary drawing each year
  • Masterclasses and symposiums
  • Documentation about drawing art(ists)



Former kindergarten and gallery
The building which houses Drawing Centre Diepenheim dates back to 1967. Originally, it was built as a kindergarten. In 1994, when the kindergarten left, the Nijenhove Gallery moved in. In 2011 the building was given its next destination: the first exhibition space in The Netherlands dedicated specifically to contemporary drawing.

‘Drawing as spearhead’
Drawing has been a spearhead for Kunstvereniging Diepenheim as far back as 2008. That year Drawing Centre curator Arno Kramer was co-organisor of the All About Drawing exhibition in the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam.

Light and space
To transform the interior of the Nijenhove Gallery into a modern exhibition space where larger works of art can be shown, too, the building has been extensively renovated. Architectural firm Ten Dam Architects has lowered the floor and raised the ceiling, making the room 60 centimeters higher. The result is a bright room and the distinctive rafters are visible again.

‘Drawing Centre’ or ‘Centrum voor tekenkunst’?
With respect to the name: the English ‘Drawing Centre’ has been deliberately chosen over the Dutch ‘Centrum voor tekenkunst’ to indicate the Drawing Centre has international ambitions.