The Openbare WerkPlaats is an initiative by Remco van der Vecht and Stijn van den Ende. After 10 years, together with a skilled group of workshop managers, we can answer your questions, give tips or explain how a machine works during opening hours.
Stijn van den Ende (formerly independent carpenter and social worker): “I started with the Openbare WerkPlaats because everything I thought I would possibly want to do beforehand, comes together here: working with my hands, design and making things, giving courses and providing training. In short: it is a place for many disciplines, where you can find all sorts of creative people.”, Remco van der Vecht (sociologist and lecturer higher professional education): “My main ambition with the Openbare WerkPlaats is to create a place where people feel like they can do their own thing, fixing and creating unique items. It gives me satisfaction to walk around in a place that we have set up ourselves, with a variety of people doing inspiring things and reinforcing each other.”
We also have a group of more then 30 teachers who provide their knowledge and effort, so we can present al our courses.