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Ashley Swagers
Role
Advisor - Focal Countries
Email
a.swagers@dutchculture.nl

Ashley Swagers, Focal Countries Advisor

Ashley Swagers, Focal Countries Advisor

I started working at DutchCulture as an advisor in early 2020. My job entails advising and supporting artists and cultural creators in their search for partners, subsidies, context and collaborations. It is my responsibility to keep abreast of all cultural happenings and developments in focal countries. After all, it’s only by being completely up to date that I can make sure to bring together the right creators and partners and establish interesting collaborations. Many countries share share complex histories that are not always considered from a sufficient range of perspectives. Art and culture have the capability to bring alternative narratives to light and to go against the flow of the “single story”. I am glad to work for an organisation that recognises and supports this.

I studied art history and previously worked mainly in the contemporary art scene. In addition to my job at DutchCulture, I work as a museum instructor at the Tropenmuseum and occasionally write as a freelancer about art. For me, DutchCulture, the Tropenmuseum and my freelance work in contemporary art make for a great combination that keeps me learning about history, especially colonial history, and how it continues to affect the present, and the role of art and culture therein.