SEA Foundation is a Dutch not-for-profit, artist-led organisation in Tilburg the Netherlands, established in 2011. Over the past few years SEA Foundation became known as an umbrella label for solo exhibitions, art projects, individual support, exchanges and artist’s publications.
From 2013 SEA foundation also runs an Artist in Residence programme – AiR Tilburg, Netherlands – which attracts artists, curators and writers to residencies that include practice guidance.
A residency can be aimed at research as well as at production and offer a unique environment, proposing time and space for research, experimentation and professional advancement. It’s an excellent opportunity to push your professional practice forward.
Every year, the residency programme facilitates up to eight professional local, national, and international artists, curators and writers at all stages of their careers. Residents reap the benefits from good facilities like a fantastic studio/living space complemented by private bathroom facilities. The studios are secure, set in a private, lush town garden and are accessible 24/7. They have excellent natural light and offer seclusion and tranquillity.
Having an experimental quality, SEA foundation’s residency programme also operates a bespoke mentoring programme on a ‘mix and match’ basis to suit individual requirements. Residents receive dedicated support from mentors and trainers. Each step and each stage of discovery in the practice could be shared and reflected upon. Residents are encouraged to address frontiers, let go of expectations and make discoveries, as these are the key elements of artistic development in art practices.
Operating actively in an (inter)national network and within the scope of SEA Foundation’s multifaceted identity, lay interesting networking opportunities. For example with renowned institutions, small initiatives and individual artists, researchers and curators to explore partnerships, enter a conversation or discover other forms of collaborations. AiR Tilburg Netherlands functions as meeting place for dialogue and exchange and invites to connect. Residents may join SEA Foundation activities and events, through which they are introduced to the local Tilburg and Noord Brabant art scene.
Twice a year we set out an Open Call in our network to partake in a residency. We encourage applications from artists, curators and writers. Artist duo’s may also apply. Regretfully we cannot accommodate families with children. Applicants must be over 25 years and may come from different cultural and geographic backgrounds. We are open to those with an emerging as well as a more established practice.
Our residence programme follows two terms
Spring term | February – June
Autumn term | September – November
Freedom of artistic expression and inclusive cultural dialogue are fundamental to any society. To advance these values, grants and stipends are awarded to selected residents. The grants are meant to cover the majority of the residency costs. Please check carefully for all costs involved. You are eligible to apply for a grant if your annual income is less than 3/4 of the average wage before income tax in your country of origin.
The Dutch fund for the arts – Mondriaan Fund – offers funding for residencies at AiR Tilburg to Dutch nationals and/or residents in the Netherlands. Artists apply here. Curators and intermediaries apply here.