An exhibition of works by students of the Architectural design department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, in Collaboration with Anne Dessing.

Dates: November 18-20
Place: Tolhuistuin, Solid Grounds Movement, Water Studio.

Water can be in plain view but we don’t necessarily see it in the profound way it deserves. When we don’t really see water clearly, we don’t think about it as deeply and creatively as we otherwise might. Reimagining water and opening ourselves to new ways of understanding water starts with the simple act of paying attention.

In a course designed by Anne Dessing (@annedessing), students of the architecture department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (@architecture.rietveld) have been investigating how to represent their ideas of water. What drawing tools do we have? What tools do we lack? How can drawing methods be improved? What mediums can be used? Based on material study and investigations into historical imaginations of water, the students’ work renegotiates our relationship with water today and hopes to make you think about it a little bit differently.

‘Drawing Water’ is an exhibition of arcitectural design students at THT (@tolhuistuin) in collaboration with Anne Dessing. The exhibition is part of Climate Imaginaries at Sea, a CoECI project of the lectorate Art & Spatial Praxis at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, the Lectorate of the Academy of Theatre and Dance at the Amsterdam University of the Arts (AHK) and the Visual Methodologies Collective at the AmsterdamUniversity of Applied Sciences (AUAS) The Climate Imaginaries at Sea coalition explores possible futures in and around water through a range of artistic and participatory research practices, brought forward by three collaborating research groups from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (@arias_amsterdam), the Academy of Theatre and Dance (, and the Rietveld Academie (@rietveldacademie).