I am an artist and teacher. I work in the 2nd year of the Fine Arts Dept and organise one of the Reading Groups with the Studium Generale.


I believe that decoration is telling, powerful and necessary and I make sculptural and video installations using DIY/domestic mechanics. This could be spending time with fluid dynamics via the sparkly dancing bits in oil after you fry ikan bilis, or playing with dressed-up model racing cars. I'm trying to figure out how growing up in the UK and the history of British Colonialism (in Malaysia specifically) brought my parents together and influenced my world view. 


You can email me here:  jay.tan@rietveldacademie.nl

I am mostly on campus on THURSDAYS





Do you know what the Medezeggenschapsraad / Participation Council is? 


The MR* is the participation council for both the Rietveld and Sandberg Academies, in which representatives of the staff and the students assemble. The MR has fourteen seats of which seven are for students representation and seven for staff representation (teachers, workshops and administration). The MR deals with issues concerning the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut. It advises the Board of Directors on matters such as the quality of the education, employment, diversity, budget, work pressure, and other.

The Board of Directors must ask the MR for its advice and, in some cases, its agreement upon a number of issues for which this agreement is legally required.
The aim of the MR is to participate in the improvement of the quality of the education at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut.


It meets about eight times a year to discuss the matter at stake.


The general MR meetings are open to the public.

Addressing the MR or requesting information is possible by writing to: mr@rietveldacademie.nl

* MR stands for ‘Medezeggenschapsraad’, or Participation Council.