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 exhibitions, art projects, individual support, exchanges and artist’s publications.

From 2013 SEA Foundation also runs AiR Tilburg Netherlands, a residence programme. It offers a unique environment, proposing time and space for research, experimentation and professional advancement.

A residency at AiR Tilburg is an excellent opportunity to push your professional practice forward.

Art professionals

Every year, the residency programme facilitates up to eight professional local, national, and international artists, curators and writers at all stages of their careers. and that can be aimed at research as well as at production.

Excellent facilities

Residents reap the benefits from good facilities like a fantastic studio/living space, complemented by private bathroom facilities, shared fully functional kitchen, communal dining. The studios are secure, set in a private, lush garden and are accessible 24/7. They have fabulous natural light conditions and offer seclusion and tranquillity.

Dedicated mentoring

Having an experimental quality, SEA foundation’s residency programme includes bespoke mentoring 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 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.


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. Explore partnerships, enter a conversation or discover other forms of collaborations. AiR Tilburg Netherlands functions as a 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. International Memberships Transartis, ResArtist, Artsy (institutions), NADA and Independent Curators International

Open Calls

Once a year we announce an Open Call. Artists, curators, and writers are encouraged to apply. We require a project proposal. Applicants must be over 25 years and may come from different cultural and geographic backgrounds. We are open to applications from professional emerging and/or established practitioners. Duos may also apply. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate families.

Our residence programme follows two terms
Spring term | February – June
Autumn term | September – November

Artist in Residency Programme at SEA Foundation Tilburg, the Netherlands. Plan your stay as an artist, writer of curator and develop your artistic practice.


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.

Artist in Residency Programme at SEA Foundation Tilburg, the Netherlands. Plan your stay as an artist, writer of curator and develop your artistic practice.

Previous residents