Favela Painting @ Bijlmerbajes

In 2017 the Royal Talens Foundation partnered up with the Favela Painting Foundation founded by Dutch Artists Dre Urhahn and Jeroen Koolhaas. Favela Painting builds bridges between community art, urban planning and social design, creating multi faceted social impact with a lasting legacy. Over the years, Favela Painting has become a creative laboratory implementing art to unite, empower and contribute to an inclusive world. They turn public urban spaces and deprived places into inspiring artworks together with local communities. Favela Painting also organized weekly stencilart workshops in the Bijlmerbajes in Amsterdam, a former prision in the Netherlands which is now in use as a shelter for refugees. Together they will turn grey walls into art, creating more social cohesion and a better living environment.

"We like to work with stencilart explains one of the teachers from Favela Painting. This technique is quite simple and for that matter also attractive for those who are not familiar with painting. Fortunately we get positive feedback from the residents in the shelter. They experience the workshops as a great way to break the daily grind in a relaxed setting".


The Royal Talens Foundation donated material for the workshops.

To find out more about the Favela Painting Foundation and their activities, go to the website


pictures by Alfeqar Mohammad