In the week of April 10-17, 2017, fourteen professional women artists from diverse age cohorts and mostly located in the Meuse-Rhine Euregion participated in the Art Symposium Oogsten. This symposium, organized by Wanda Reiff and Natascha Waeyen, enabled them to develop art works, share experiences, and initiate collaborations at Plateau Margraten. Four first-year research master Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST) students (in collaboration with three Peers students from University College Maastricht (UCM) under supervision of Aagje Swinnen (AMC/CGD) examined intersections of gender and age in the contemporary art world in relation to this symposium.
They interviewed the participants in Oogsten, organized two focus-group discussions, presented their initial findings, and wrote a research paper. The findings enable a deeper understanding of the ways in which the artists involved in Oogsten discover and develop an artistic identity, find and evaluate recognition, and practice rituals and routines. The Oogsten catalogue includes a brief summary of the research results by the research master CAST students as well as testimonies from the UCM students.