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Meet the iArts staff

Saskia Valk

Teacher in teaching and directing Theatre at the Toneelacademie Maastricht, program development and staff member of iArts. Always looking for new connections in and around the field of interdisciplinary arts and inspiring combinations of people who stretch their bounderies and search for new ways to create meaningful projects within our moving society. I believe in cooperative, curious and open minded people, willing to share and develop their crafts and talents through working together, aiming for creating new visions on our worlds, small and big, to increase mutual understanding and tolerance.

Marc & Nicole Maurer

Maurer United is known for investigating and redefining the borders of the architecture design-field, resulting into architecture, design, media and urbanism projects on various scales. Since 1998 Marc Maurer and Nicole Maurer have received several awards and nominations for their cooperative work. They have tutored at different academies and universities in the Netherlands. Their works – architecture, public spaces, interior design and art installations – have been realized all around the world, i.e. the Netherlands, Germany, USA and China. Maurer United is based in the laboratory department of the Maastricht Jan van Eyck Academy and works closely with the range of laboratories that is affiliated to this post-academic art institute.


Ellen ter Gast

From early childhood Ellen ter Gast (1971) was fascinated by the mysteries of life and the way we make sense of it. She studied medical biology and philosophy in Amsterdam. After her academic training as a biology philosopher Ellen worked as a researcher in the field of organization studies and as a management consultant. In December 2007 Ellen defended her PhD thesis Biotech Pioneers. During this philosophical inquiry into the genetic engineered laboratory mouse Ellen started working with (bio) artists and learned the added value of art science collaboration. Currently, Ellen is an independent ethics consultant and public speaker. She teaches bioethics at the University of Leiden.


Peter Weltens

Peter Weltens was born in Maastricht and studied piano, choir conducting and singing at the conservatories of Maastricht, Den Haag and Tilburg. He started his career as a choir conductor and later became a singing teacher at the Toneelacademie in Maastricht. There he teaches group singing and solo singing in all the departments. At the same time he sang for ten years in a professional vocal quartet named Rock4. With Rock4 he performed in theatres all over Europe and won several prizes in a capella pop singing. In 2009 he stopped performing and became more involved in music theatre. He was a vocal coach and arranger for several plays with Toneelgroep Maastricht.


Juul Sadée

Maastricht is the place where she lives and works. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts as a sculptor. At the Jan van Eyck Academy she focussed on sculpting and audio- and video art. Her multimedia installations are shown in the Netherlands and abroad. For iArts she works as a multimedia art teacher. She coaches the students in developing their artistic skills by using her years of experience and knowledge about artistic research, art and creating art. Every time she looks forward to encourage the new coming students and to give them an interesting follow up into the 2nd year. More info about Juul on


Ton van Kempen

Ton van Kempen (Heerlen 1956) is visual artist and arthistorian.
He worked from 1984 until 1986 as cultural assistant for the Japan-Netherlands Institute in Tokyo (Japan). In 1998 he received with his partner Nicoline van de Beek the Kunstsponsorprijs for theatrical performances (Joost de Suppoost 1995-2004) at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. From 1990 he is working for the The Academy of Art and the Academy of Drama of the Hogeschool Zuyd in Maastricht. He gave cultural lectures at several Dutch museums and Architecture-excursions at New York City (USA). In 2009 he was director and stage-designer, together with Van de Beek of the opera 'De Triomferende Min' in The Hague. He performed with the pianists Sandra Mol and Jeroen van Veen. Theaterconcerts around the composers Chopin and Satie ('Satire'Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam 2000). Van Kempen was the founder of theatre De Blauwe Schuur in Culemborg.
He is author of the books 'Growing Hats' (2004) and 'Madame Manet (2013).