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Creating closeness through culture in difficult times

At New Patrons we are always close. In many places, we accompany the direct dialogue between citizens and artists who shape the future of villages, quarters and communities in joint projects. During the Corona crisis, however, this civic work is slowing down. Meetings are cancelled. Our mediators cannot travel to the projects. Artists stay at home for the time being. The virus forces us to avoid our most important workplace at the moment: The public space. But our work continues.

We are not losing our enthusiasm. Now new solutions, formats and ways are needed and we are working on many steps at once. We advertise for the financing of the projects. We plan with architects and structural engineers. We discuss the projects of citizens with administration and politics. And there is now more room for in-depth research, which is an important part of our method.

Above all, however, we see our responsibility in the coming weeks and months as being in places where culture is particularly important. While cinemas, museums or theatres have to remain closed, we will connect our projects even more closely – also with digital tools. We want to strengthen the exchange between civic groups. We are making our contribution to promoting cohesion in villages and towns. When public life is slowing down, the discussion of cultural concerns and projects is particularly important in order to keep an eye on future perspectives. Now more than ever, we need a sense of community and responsibility for our society. Our clients are shining examples of this. We will actively support them in the coming period.

We will remain in regular contact. You will hear from us! Write to us or give us a call if something is close to your heart.

Your New Patrons Team


New Patrons



The mediators play an indispensable part in the New Patrons’ work. Whenever citizens organize to change a village’s appearance, build a monument, or realize a unique idea, the conversation starts with the mediator who travels out to meet them. The mediators are scouts and brokers. Rather than having answers ready or arriving with a detailed blueprint, they’re specialists in the art of listening. They help all involved parties understand a situation with all its ramifications and get to the heart of a civic initiative’s request.
Mediators are familiar with their region. They’re in constant dialogue with local institutions, talking to political representatives and administrators and learning more about a community’s economic circumstances and local history.
Only when they have a good grasp of a site and all players do they help the citizens specify their request and start looking for the artist who is most suitable for this particular project.

Knowing the ins and outs of the arts scene is only a small part of the mediators’ qualifications. They gently guide the creative process along and know how to realize demanding and complex projects and bring all needed partners on board. They’re also translators, adept at forging a synthesis between artistic visions and citizens’ needs. In many instances, the mediators stay in touch with their patrons after a project is completed to address any concerns that arise.

Over the past thirty years, more than fifty mediators have been involved in New Patrons projects. Many of them have realized numerous projects in their regions and emerged as widely trusted partners to whom citizens, mayors and other policymakers, and foundations and sponsors turn for advice.

Susanne Burmester, Mediator, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Susanne Burmester

Mediator, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

I’m curious about the knowledge that other people bring to the table and firmly believe that everyone should have access to education—and to art. This is the first time I’ve encountered an approach that allows me as an art educator to step outside the role of the one possessed of “knowledge” and engage the audience on an equal footing. As a curator and gallery owner, I’m also excited about harnessing the special expertise that artists have for society and giving them a perspective beyond the commercial art market.

Denis Bury, Mediator, Ruhr area

Denis Bury

Mediator, Ruhr area

I’ve always believed that pro and contra are not about who is ultimately wrong or right; they represent different perspectives. As a mediator, I bring them together for a dialogue that enriches both sides and helps them cooperate to achieve something new. The greatest challenge is to find a way to let all sides become involved based on what they are truly committed to. Everyone can do so much. And together we can do much more.

Holger Friese, Mediator Brandenburg/ Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Holger Friese

Mediator Brandenburg/ Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Anfängliche Skepsis wird zum Austausch und mündet in gegenseitiges Vertrauen. In meiner Rolle als Mediator bin ich oft erstaunt, was alles unter der öffentlichen Schicht unserer Gesellschaft schlummert. Welche Fragen, Ideen und Wünsche die Bürgerinnen formulieren, wenn man sie nur lässt. Es ist ein spannender Prozess dieses Engagement und den ihm innewohnenden Mut bis hin zum Kunstwerk zu begleiten.

Kathrin Jentjens, Mediator, Rhineland

Kathrin Jentjens

Mediator, Rhineland

Two core convictions drive me: that art is a mode of expression that can have a creative and aesthetic impact and that should be open to as many people as possible; and that it’s important to understand and respond to the particular social ties in a group, local community, a region, the sources of people’s sense of belonging.

Lena Ziese, Mediator, Brandenburg

Lena Ziese

Mediator, Brandenburg

As a mediator, I’m in sustained dialogue with citizens I would otherwise never have met. Our exchanges of ideas may not always produce actionable results, but they often bring unexpected realities to light. The opportunity to meet so many people who deeply impress me and hear their different stories is a gift.

40mcube (Eternal Network)

Alexander Koch

Anastassia Makridou-Bretonneau (Eternal Network)

Angélique Campens


Association Pointdefuite

Axel John Wieder

Barbara Steiner

Bruno Dupont (artconnexion)

Bruno Messina (Association Eole)

Catia Riccaboni

Christophe De Jaeger (The New Patrons of Belgium)

Christophe Royoux

Didier Lamac

Éric Foucault (Eternal Network)

Francesca Comisso

François Quintin (Fondation d'entreprise Galeries Lafayette)

Frank Motz

Gerrit Gohlke

Giorgina Bertolino

Haizea Barcenilla

Ilina Koralova


Inke Arns

Jacques Rivet (Entre-Deux)

Jean-Marie Bénézet (Cercle d'art contemporain du Cailar)

Jean-Yves Bobe

Jérôme Poggi (SOCIETIES)

Joost Declercq

Joost Fonteyne

Julie Rodeyns

La médiation du projet a été portée en collaboration avec les étudiants du Master CEAC - Art Prod Lab - section Art contemporain (Université de Lille 3)

Lisa Parola (a.titolo)

Luc Joudinaud

Luisa Perlo (a.titolo)

Luk Lambrecht

Mari Linnman, 3ca

Marie-Céline Chevassu

Marie-Laure Viale (Entre-Deux)

Maurizio Cilli

Mudi Yahaya

Nadine Gomez

Nikolaus Oberhuber

Nina Montmann


Pascale Pronnier

Pierre Marsaa (Association Pointdefuite)

Pointdefuite association

Rebecca De Marchi (Province de Turin, programme “Eco e Narciso”)

Romy Range

Sandrine Teixido

Sophie Claudel (Le Consortium)

Sylvie Amar-Gonzalez

Thérèse Legierse

Valérie Cudel (association A demeure)

Veronica Vallejos

Win Van den Abbeele (The New Patrons of Belgium)

Xavier Douroux (Le Consortium)

Orgy Kusama

Germain Loumpet

Amanda Crabtree