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ELIA and Royal Talens

ELIA and Royal Talens

About Royal Talens

For more than 100 years, Royal Talens has been stimulating creative expression worldwide by developing high-quality brands and products that inspire people to paint and draw. Nowadays, aside from their headquarters in Apeldoorn, Royal Talens has offices all over the world and houses several well-known brands, including Rembrandt, Cobra, Van Gogh, Amsterdam, Ecoline, Talens Art Creation, Bruynzeel and Sakura.

Since 1975, Royal Talens has been working with the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and shares the commitment to create a smart, skilled and creative environment in the Netherlands. With its expertise and knowledge on different art materials, Royal Talens supports the ministry in its mission to ensure that everyone gets a good education and aims to create the right conditions for teachers, artists and researchers to do their work.

Royal Talens staff includes artists, educators and industry experts in art materials. The in-house laboratory at Royal Talens creates innovative art materials and strictly monitors quality during and after product development. With this extensive experience and knowledge on all types of materials, including paints, mediums, varnishes and more, Royal Talens is able to educate and support art institutes worldwide.  


About ELIA

ELIA – the European League of Institutes of the Arts – is a globally connected European network that provides a dynamic platform for exchange and development in higher arts education. It represents over 260 members in 48 countries, comprising some 300,000 students across all art disciplines. ELIA’s principal mission is to represent higher arts education across all disciplines and to be an influential voice that advocates and promotes the interests of its members throughout Europe and beyond. ELIA advocates for higher arts education by empowering and creating new opportunities for its members and facilitating the exchange of knowledge and good practice. ELIA realises its aims by organising events of various scope (ELIA Biennial Conference, ELIA Academy, ELIA Leadership Symposium, regional seminars, platform events and a large offering in online events), forming cross-membership working groups to advance knowledge, participating in research projects, and producing policy papers addressing topical issues. In all of these endeavours, ELIA collaborates with partner networks around the world, bringing together the knowledge and networking capacity of many discipline-specific organisations.

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About the collaboration

“This is a new step for ELIA. It has been our goal to find a corporate partner who shares our values and understands what ELIA is trying to achieve. With Royal Talens we have found alignment and look forward to building a mutually beneficial partnership which will serve everyone in higher arts education for the greater good.” – Maria Hansen, Executive Director of ELIA

“We work together with our own artists who will share their expertise regarding materials and their latest innovative developments. It is crucial for Royal Talens to be in close contact with teachers, students and artists. This allows us to tailor our products to their needs even better. We look forward to receiving direct feedback during our collaboration with ELIA. Besides this, we want to work on developing a valuable relationship with artists. We are therefore extremely proud of this new collaboration with ELIA and see this as an important contribution to art education worldwide.” – Ronald Benning, CEO of Royal Talens.