Erik Kessels

11/05 - 12/05/2018

Fabulous Failures

Failure is important. If you’re not willing to humiliate yourself, make mistakes and downright fuck-up, you should consider working in a cubicle farm. It’s safer there. Because as a creative, you’ll be called an idiot at least once a day. That’s okay. Making mistakes and failures, is how you progress. Without it, you’ll be stuck in the same old safe zone. In other words: boring. Society teaches us to avoid mistakes, but for creative people and innovators they are essential. So if we want to do this thing we love, make stuff, we have to get over our need not to fail.

Erik Kessels will speak about his new book Failed It!, about how mistakes inspire him and how he makes works out of it. In a workshop he will force student to fail and fuck up.

Erik Kessels is a Dutch artist, designer and curator and is since 1996 Creative Director of international communications agency KesselsKramer in Amsterdam and London. As an artist and photography curator Kessels has published over 50 books of his ‘re-appropriated’ images, is editor of the alternative photography magazine Useful Photography and has written the international bestseller Failed It! Kessels made and curated exhibitions such as Loving Your Pictures, Use me Abuse me24HRS of PhotosAlbum BeautyFrom Here On and Unfinished Father. In 2010 Kessels was awarded with the Amsterdam Prize of the Arts, in 2016 nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. In 2017 his mid-career retrospective was shown in Turin and Düsseldorf.

Dates: 11 and 12 May

Max number of participants: 20
Price: €200
Language: English
Working hours: Friday and Saturday, 10:00am-6:00pm

REQUESTED MATERIALS: the participants should bring their own laptop, some kind of camera device, and, if available, their own portfolio on A4 sheets of paper (max 10 to 20 sheets).


· full workshop tuition
· free access to the library, relaxation areas, photo studio, cinema
· wi-fi
· use of printers

· travel
· accommodation
· breakfast
· lunch (possibility of a buffet lunch at Fabrica at 11€, by reservation)
· dinner
· taxi and public transport
· extra expenses

Send your request complete with personal data to

When you receive your bill, please pay the total amount of the workshop by bank
transfer payable to:

Fabrica SRL
Cassa di Risparmio del Veneto S.P.A
IBAN: IT 15F 0622512020 100000006377
Reference: “Name and surname of the participant and title of the workshop”.

Your registration will not be official until your payment comes through.
You will then receive confirmation.
The registrations are first come, first serve until the places are exhausted.
If requested by the workshop leader, we reserve the right to evaluate the candidates’ CV for the selection of participants.

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