Run by Tarja Szaraniec
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
My intention for Plan B was to set up a independent platform for young professional artists. I asked participating artists for a small contribution to cover the most basic costs of the space, and got offered practical help from from different people. For ads in cultural magazines, for instance, I got offered discounts. Having a fresh and up to date DIY-spirit, being realistic and never working with unreliable people all helps to keep things running.
EL: Do you raise money thorugh the space?
Tarja: Maybe its good to know I don't have that space anymore. It was a squatted place that later the owner agreed on me being there and keeping the space in use, being neat clean and responsible. I did not pay rent but did pay other costs, however it is not to be compared to renting commercially: I couldnt have done it like this if it was.
The place was at a very good location in the center of town. I did not work with the same artists, but did have a group of interested people. Soon artists were asking for the possiblity of showing and those proposals I selected and asked a contribution for. When I made my own plans I didnt ask for anything.
Like this I did not make any profit on it, but was able to pay for the monthly costs.
In open spaces in the building I provided studios for very little money. I could get by like that.
EL: Was it a collaborative effort?
Tarja: I ran it by myself and got a collegue/friend in later, so then we did it together.
It is quite a lot of work to do it alone, but its more pleasant than working with bigger groups I think, because of the fact that you never have to think of other 'characters' and have more freedom. (I started a big group thing in a squat years before and I did not have good experience with that, there’s always a rotten spot in a unbalanced group and before you know it..)
EL: How did you support the basic running costs:Tarja: I did pay for electricity, water , gas and a internet connection.