Erik Kessels


08 October 2018

A three-day-workshop with Erik Kessels
8-9-10 October 2018

Sometimes, if you are not aware of the rules it is easier to break them. The kids in the playground do this instinctively. Design students – slightly older children –are also habitual rule-breakers. Though technology makes their portfolios slicker by the semester, they are still professionals-in-waiting, and their thinking is all the more refreshing for this. Their ideas are generally unmarked by the obsessive concern for practicality that comes with the territory for so many professionals.
Students, then, can be amateurs.
In this workshop, Erik Kessels will push the participants to learn from and enjoy an amateur way of thinking and working.
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 me, 24HRS of Photos, Album Beauty, From 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.


REQUESTED MATERIALS: participants must bring their own portfolio (10-15 A4-sheets in a white envelope with no name on it), their laptop and a green watering can


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

· travel
· accommodation
· breakfast
· 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
Intesa Sanpaolo Spa
IBAN: IT68Y0306912080100000005379
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.


Via Postioma 54/F
Catena di Villorba (TV)
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Fabrica is located in the prestigious Villa Pastega, a 17th century villa restored and greatly enlarged by the famous Japanese architect Tadao Ando.
The ancient architecture has been redesigned to keep the story that it embodies alive, while the most recent building develops underground, so as to highlight the beauty of the landscape.
The centre covers an area of 51,000 square meters and includes laboratories, classrooms, offices, cinema, library, meeting places.
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The acquisitions of the library mainly focus on communication and art and try to satisfy the needs of our users, with the aim of ensuring a coherent and harmonious development of the collection.
Every item is catalogued by title, author and subject and can be consulted online.

Treviso is a medieval city in the Veneto countryside, about 30 kilometers (less than 20 miles) from Venice. It is a jewel of a city with its ancient buildings, narrow streets, and canals. Dante mentions Treviso in the Divine Comedy. The old town center is small and accessible, a place to breathe in the “dolce vita” atmosphere while sitting at cafés crowding the lively, bustling squares.

Check out the following links for useful information on staying in and around Treviso:

Fabrica is located in Catena di Villorba, 12 kilometers from Treviso and about 30 minutes from Venice.

Bus from Treviso Centrale train station:
line 1/Villorba (NOT line 1).

Bus combination from Treviso airport:
line 6 toward Treviso/Stazione Centrale-Camalò di Povegliano, then line 1/Villorba (see above).

Bus combination from Venice airport:
line 35 Direct Line for Treviso Centrale train station, then as above (bus schedule:

From A27 motorway:
take the Treviso Nord exit and follow signs for Spresiano and FABRICA.


What is the deadline for registration?
10 days before the beginning of the workshop

Are special qualifications required to attend the workshops?
The courses is open to everyone. 

How do I register?
Send your personal data to 

Are there any refund methods?
You can withdraw from the workshop up to 10 days before it begins. No refunds will be given for withdrawals communicated after this deadline or for no-shows after the start of the workshop.

What equipment is needed to attend the workshop?
Participants must bring their own portfolio (10-15 A4-sheets in a white envelope with no name on it), their laptop and a green watering can.

Is there an age limit?
The content and structure have been designed to satisfy all ages, from 18 to 99 years old.

Do the workshops contribute to the acquisition of training credits?
Although Fabrica is accredited by the Region of Veneto as a learning institution, our programme is not academically accredited.

Can the participants use Fabrica’s facilities?
Of course. You’ll have free access to the library, relaxation area and photo studio as well as our printers and wi-fi connection during the working hours of the workshop.

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