Frank van der Stok studied art history at the University of Leiden from 1987 to 1993. He majored in photography and lens-based arts. From 1989 until 2000 he was a staff member at Fotomania Gallery, Rotterdam. Alongside his work as a representative for the Amsterdam-based artistic photography agency Solar (1999–2009), van der Stok set up The Past in the Present. This was a self-initiated programme of lectures, exhibitions and commissions that explored the representation of history in the field of the visual arts. The programme culminated after ten years in the exhibition Questioning History (2009), which was accompanied by a book with a compilation of essays.
Van der Stok’s other activities as an independent curator include venues such as the three-day festival To be continued (about the sequel in photography) for the Dutch Doc Days at Centraal Museum, Utrecht (2011) and Lest we Forget (about candid photography in wartime) at Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg (2015). Apart from part-time curating, Van der Stok is a frequent editor and producer of art books and works as an advisor, writer and intermediary for professional artists and institutions.
Vision of postgraduate education
Postgraduate education offers a profound deepening and broadening of one’s artistic practice without any constraints; it is optimally tailored to the student’s needs.