made by her
Made by Her


To date, little attention has been paid to the position and the role of women in the art world. In 1971, Linda Nochlin published her groundbreaking essay entitled ‘Why have there been no great women artists?’. More than fifty years later, this question is still relevant. Whilst female creators of fine arts are slowly getting the acknowledgement they deserve, women working in the field of decorative arts have mostly fallen into oblivion or are only known by a select group of experts within this field. The Dutch Silver Museum aims to change this. In 2022 the Dutch Zilvermuseum received a scholarship to conduct research on female designers working for Van Kempen & Begeer and the legal predecessors of this firm. To put this research into broader context, the Dutch Silver Museum hereby presents the symposium Made by Her: Women designers of metalwork in the first half of the 20th century.

* This scholarship was received from the Vereniging Rembrandt granted by the Ekkart Fonds.


10:30 Start of the full programme
11:00 Guided tour through Silver City Schoonhoven

12:00 Lunch
13:00 Start of the shortened programme
13:15 Introduction by Marcel Teheux, director of the Dutch Silver Museum
13:30 The obstinate designs by metalwork artistJohanna van Eijbergen, Jet Sloterdijk (projectmedewerker Drents Museum, Assen)
14:00 Women’s networks in the 1920s, Annemieke Houben (independent researcher, curator Christa Ehrlich. Pioneer in Design)
14:30 Break with coffee and tea
15:15 Julia Keilowa, Designer and metalwork artist from Warsaw (in English), Agnieszka Dabrowska (curator for costume and costume accessories at the Museum of Warsaw) and Monika Siwinska (curator for silver and clocks at the Museum of Warsaw)

15:45 “A collaboration between artist and industrial”: female designers working for the silver factory in Voorschoten and Gerritsen & Van Kempen, Naomi Bisping (junior curator at the Dutch Silver Museum, project assistant Geldersch Landschap & Kasteelen)
16:15 Questions and closing remarks
16:30 Drinks and possibility to visit the Dutch Silver Museum

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Book your ticket

There are different kinds of tickets:

  • Ticket for the entire programme: €85,00*
  • Ticket for the shortened version of the programme (from 1PM): €65,00
  • Student discount for entire programme: €35,00**
  • Student discount for the shortened version of the programme (from 1PM): €25,00**

* Book your ticket before 1 March and receive €10,00 discount for the entire programme. A ticket will cost €75,00
instead of €85,00.

** Only with valid student ID card.

The symposium will take place in Schoonhoven.

Photo 1. Christa Ehrlich (1903-1995) (RKD)
Photo 2. Emmy Roth (1885-1942)
Photo 3. Kirsten Begeer-Baatrup (1921-1985)
Photo 4. Julia Keilowa (1902-1943)
'There are not many women designers and smiths.' In the 1950s, the fact that a woman made jewellry was extraordinary enough to feature in the news. Take a look at this video. Source: Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid
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