A group of artists have opened up the old Terwijde farmhouse in Utrecht’s Leidsche Rijn area and transformed it into a new commons! The farmhouse is now open for your visit and you are welcomed to make use of it for collaborative or autonomous activities.
The revitalization of the farmhouse is central to Erfgoed (Agricultural Heritage and Land Use). Erfgoed is the first project by Center for Ecological (Un)learning (CEU), a long-term co-initiative by The Outsiders and Casco to cultivate art-ecological practice in this new part of the city of Utrecht.
The farmhouse was once part of a large tract of farmland in Utrecht, most of which has now become residential land or commercial infrastructure, including a shopping mall and a train station. The land lay fallow until 1998, when it was developed into Leidsche Rijn and annexed to the city of Utrecht.
2017 marked the Erfgoed pilot period in which the CEU sought to unravel stories about the farmhouse and establish it for common use. Since then, Leidsche Rijn-based The Outsiders and Utrecht-based Casco have started operating the farmhouse in earnest. This operation is made possible with the support of many local artists as well as the Van Vuuren family, owners of the farmhouse, and neighbours of the farmhouse.
Terwijde farmhouse has a kitchen, library, and garden with composter, as well as a chicken coop and insect hotel, and—importantly—an area for exhibition making and communal activities. There are also various workshops relating to the farmhouse, its direct surroundings, and the mission of the Center for Ecological (Un)learning (CEU).
You can find Terwijde farmhouse at Louis Armstrongboulevard 30/50*, opposite Terwijde Train Station. The farmhouse is open every week from Thursday to Saturday, 12:00 until 21:00 hrs, Sunday, from 12:00 until 18:00 hrs. Follow the diverse programing on the Erfgoed Facebook page or on our website.
*Please note that the farmhouse address is Louis Armstrongboulevard 30, but appears as 50 on Google Maps. The farm is visible from the Utrecht Terwijde train station.
In this workshop from Doen in het Groen, we’ll make collages with different materials from the garden, each with their own shapes and colours.
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In this workshop we will bottle our very own Terwijde Terror Triple beer together. During the process we’ll share our knowledge and stories about beer—from the brewing process to ingredients, different types of beer, and how to best taste them.
Together we will make the neighborhood a little greener! We’ll start by collecting seeds into small seed-packets, which we’ll then plant across the neighborhood.
We’ll mimic animal postures and movements, and with them form a collective choreography together in this edition of Doen in het Groen.
In this workshop we will become plants ourselves! Come find out how plants move and grow, make your own costume, and participate in a beautiful plant parade.
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Collective exhibition in partnership with: The Outsiders (Txell Blanco, Asia Komarova & Leonardo Siqueira) and with contributions by: Xalil Abdullah, Maria Stijger Aramburu, Ali Authman, Riek Bakker, Eric de Boer, Bart Broeze, Britt Dorenbosch, Malek & Fatima, Manne Heijman, Patricia Jiménez-López, Yong Xiu & Nen Lin, Avan Omar, Dounia El Ouardani, Dineke Oudijk, Terwijde Terror Triple, Iet & Kees van Vuuren, Hinke Weikamp, Judith Winkel, Kesewah Yeboah, Merel Zwarts
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