Discovering and nurturing new artistic talent is a key objective both for Foam in Amsterdam, with its special touring exhibitions and magazine coverage promoting emerging artists, and the non-profit organisation Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, which has been supporting contemporary photography since 1999. Now the two organisations have decided to build on this connection with a formal partnership under the banner of the Foam Talent programme.
Central to this programme is the annual Talent Issue of Foam Magazine, which has grown to become a major yearly event closely watched by the industry. The edition forms the basis of an extensive international travelling exhibition, where debates and symposia are organised at which colleagues and artists further discuss developments within contemporary photography. Under the new partnership, Foam’s existing Talent programme will be intensified and extended over the next few years. The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation will now support the issue, as well as the related programmes. As part of the arrangement, the Foundation will acquire works by one of the featured artists to add to their world-renowned collection. Through joining forces, the Foundation and Foam aim to further develop the profile of young photographers and ensure that a wide audience, consisting of both professionals and the public at large, will have the chance to discover new names and new developments in photography.
The museum itself includes a range of facilities focused specifically on developing new artists, including Foam 3h, the exhibition space for young talent; Editions, the in-house gallery where young photographers’ work is offered for sale, and a programme of discussions, debates and artist talks in which new talents are involved. Marloes Krijnen, Director Foam, comments: “We are delighted to announce this partnership. In the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation we have found a like-minded organisation and we consider this co-operation a natural and convincing way to strengthen the objectives and platforms of both our organisations. We look forward to working with them to further develop and extend our Talent programme to an ever-growing international audience.”