About 2020

Opening gala and prize giving
7th March 2020
Finissage and visitors’ choice award
4th April 2020
Regular opening hours
8th March to 4th April 2020
Thursday to Sunday
10:00 to 18:00

NDSM-Fuse Gallery
1033 WC Amsterdam


Saturday 7 March 2020

Sunday 8 March 2020
15:00 – 17:30
Amuse – a taster of this month’s narrative smashing performances

Saturday 14 March & Sunday 15 March 2020
13:00 – 15:30
Habitat of Dissent / Artistic Interventions
⁃ Sarah Naqvi, Pankaj Tiwari & Abhishek Thapar

Saturday 21 March 2020
15:00 – 17:00
You Can’t Say That / Spoken Word
Clarissa Say & Friends

Sunday 22 March 2020
13:00 – 18:00
You Can’t Cut That / Collage Party
Pytr Baum & Edo Poland (Cut & Paste Art)

Saturday 28 March 2020
Alternate Perspectives / Stories that Matter
Tours That Matter
14:00 – 17:00

Sunday 29 March 2020
14:00 – 18:00
Rock ’n Roll Rebellion / Punk Extravaganza
Rock ’n Roll Sailor

Friday 3 April 2020
12:00 – 15:00
Circular Aurality / Forming Sound & Space
Vincent Arp

15:00 – 17:00
For the Little One to See / Auditory Dance
Nahir Francis

Saturday 4 April 2020
12:00 – 18:00
Embodying Truth / Artistic Intervention
Renzo de Pablo



Welcome to the Smash the Narrative project. The purpose of this project is to use art to promote public discussion around major political and social issues. Every two years we award a prize for art relating to a specific topic.

Last year’s theme was alternative interpretations of nationality, “Alter-Nation”. We had over 100 entries from around the world. The top twenty artists were showcased in a month long special exhibition at GO Gallery Amsterdam. The top three artists were awarded prizes of €2,500, €1,000 and €500.

This years theme is titled “You can’t paint that!“. The topic is taboo and censorship. This is an important issue at the moment with governments, educational institutions and big tech companies taking it upon themselves to decide which ideas can and can’t be discussed. We would like to encourage artists to think about what it feels like to be told they should avoid expressing certain ideas or alternatively the necessity of limiting creative and intellectual expression to avoid causing offence.

Why Smash the Narrative?

Narratives are the stories which we use to make sense of the world. But the same set of objective facts about a series of event will be interpreted as radically different stories by different groups of people. It is all too easy to become complacent and take the narratives we hear in the media or from the people around us at face value. The purpose of this project it to challenge popular narratives and encourage people to question the way they view the world.

This art prize is designed to encourage artists to examine evolving notions related to national identity in the current year and express them through their work in a manner that can have an impact on the the general public. Artists are encouraged to push the boundaries of discourse and create work that is leads to viewer to look at life in a way they had never considered before.



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