On Tuesday, January 16 2018, the exhibition We gaan het meemaken was opened in the provincial government building. The exhibition was part of the project ‘We gaan het meemaken’ and was opened by deputy Nienke Homan.
Province of Groningen
The province of Groningen supports the project financially and Nienke Homan told that she was happy with the presentation: ‘It is an example of the value that the province of Groningen can add to a project. It also shows that there are opportunities for a sustainable, local production chain. ‘
Guided tour by Eileen Blackmore
After the opening, Eileen Blackmore (House of Design) gave a talk. She explained about the project and showed the visitors around the exhibition. The tour started at the comic strip where children told why they would like to continue to live and work in the region in the future, and the comic strip also showed what the Maakplaats could mean here. This was followed by the materials research of the designers, with a personal explanation.
Frank Zijlstra, who works at the province of Groningen, then told that he approached House of Design with the question whether she could make a recharging point from a local material, a ‘STOP contact’. A good example of a question that you can contact at the Maakplaats!
Following the official part, there was an opportunity to ask the designers involved and the House of Design team questions about the project. It was asked whether it was possible to do a test in a room with the Simone Vermaning acoustic panels. It was also asked if we have Groningen souvenirs. This is not the case. We usually bring Groningen cake as a ‘souvenir’. ‘It would be nice if House of Design came up with something special!’
The exhibition and the interviews that took place during the opening gave staff at the provincial government building a good impression of the project ‘We are going to experience’ this project and its importance for the province. Staff were proud that the province has participated in the project and they would like to remain a partner in the future.