Hassan Nassar (head of department), Samer Abu Ghali, Mohammed Shurrab, Ghaleb Abu Khater, Saber Qarmot, Emad Zorob, Mumen Khalifa, Mahmoud Alhaj, Mahmoud Al-Madhon, Ehab Abu Elenain, Khaled Jaber, Intisar Al fara, Saida Honaidq, Nawal Al-zraiy, Nosiba Abu Khater, Amany Abu Mostapha, Khitam Al-owaity, Elham Abu Hattab
Ingrid is a visual artist. Because she has been director of the Free Academy, Workplace for Visual Arts in The Hague for 7 years, she has a large network of artists and theorists. She connects people inside and outside of Gaza, she brings renowned artists from the Netherlands to Gaza for an exchange of experiences, and she gives lessons to young adults in the Netherlands using the life in Gaza as a starting point.Ingrid also collaborates with Hope's treasurer to generate grants and donations.
Suzanne is a visual artist who creates workshops and films both with the children in Gaza as in her hometown (Brussels). She visits the Open Studio in Gaza regularly and sometimes for longer periods. By spending more time there, and studying Arabic, she is able to have a close collaboration with the local team, a better understanding of the situation in Gaza and time to develop more intricate projects with the children.
While being in Brussels, she keeps regular contact with the team in Gaza by exchanging ideas, experiences and inspiration.
Also she is the creator and admin of the Hope website.
Rosh is a filmmaker who works for HOPE in a refugee camp in Katwijk. There he works with children on films, objects and music from waste material. Rosh and Suzanne work on the same concept but of course make very different films and artworks. Rosh speaks Arabic, Kurdish, English and Dutch which helps enormously in the communication with the children. As soon as possible Rosh will also work in the camps in Syria. As director of the Arab Film Festival he ensures that the films made by and for children are distributed in the Arab world. Like e.g. the Film Festival in Amman, Beirut and Rotterdam.
Ingrid, Suzanne and Rosh together come up with the concepts for workshops and films. They combine their experiences and, in this way, inspire each other, learn from each other and keep up the courage to continue!
SPECIAL THANKS TO
Harry Cock and Sake Elzinga
From the very first visit to Gaza Harry Cock and Sake Elzinga were involved in the Open Studio’s development. Harry is involved to this day. He has, for instance, recorded life in Gaza, in photos, over a continuous period of time.
Niek van Nieuwenhuijzen and Gaby Wijzenbeek
Niek and Gaby gave a lot of advice on how to professionalize the HOPE foundation, especially where it concerned music and making the connection with psycho-social problems. They initiated the collaboration with PRCS University College of Ability Development in Khan Younis; and they also contributed their own specific knowledge of art and music therapy. Although the Open Studio uses a very different working method, it is hugely important to continually explore and guard the boundaries. Niek died on 23 November 2013. This was an enormous loss for the Hope Foundation.
Robert Goddyn - Marsel Loermans - Ibrahim Al-Baz - Hekmat Dirbas