Curator in Residence

Taking a retreat in a tranquil and dedicated environment is an uplifting experience, that enables you to concentrate and connect to your ideas for a project or upcoming show. Are you reviewing or unearthing your curatorial approach, doing research, evaluating ideas? At Sea Foundation’s Curator in Residence Programme, you will find yourself a bit closer to ‘Mount Summit’. We know what it takes to set sail for the process of conceiving and nurturing ideas, as well as the importance of research to dig out your subject and doing the planning and mapping of a project. We not only facilitate and accommodate your needs, but, as a curator, you will be surrounded with support and open-minded conversations, as there are experienced professionals to soundboard with.

The Curator in Residence programme is for emerging and established curators, whom we all see as peers.

Connect to your peers

We not only facilitate and accommodate your needs, but, as a curator, you will be surrounded with support and open-minded conversations, as there are experienced professionals to soundboard with. Are you ready? We would love to open up dialogue and encourage you to visit artists’ studios, attend activities which possibly involve you as a curator. We connect you with peers, art practices and institutions in our locale setting. To expand your knowledge, reflect upon or acknowledge your approach or trigger further inspiration. It could be possible that you want to explore new strategies in exhibition making and discover other ways of thinking about curating.

Curatorial residency

Annually, SEA Foundation invites curators to apply for flexible residencies up to one month. The aim of the Curator in Residence Programme is to provide opportunities for curators to familiarise themselves with the Dutch visual art scene in the south of the Netherlands, to conduct research and make connections. Through these residencies, SEA Foundation aims to links and foster collaborations between artists in the south of the Netherlands, curators, art institutions and their artistic peers internationally. The advantage for an international curator visiting the South of the Netherlands, is easy access to a dynamic and growing visual art scene within an easy accessible, compact area.

SEA Foundation has a large, warm, local as well as (inter)national network and an established reputation, which ensures introductions to both public and private art institutions, directors, curators and artists at all levels. Our location in Tilburg’s city centre, is near all major galleries, both public and private, and artists’ studios.

On offer

  • Studio and private living quarters
  • Including heating, water and electricity
  • Soundboarding and guidance
  • Shared kitchen and common residency rooms
  • Art-related library
  • Breakfast
  • Studio visits and outings
  • Interaction with other residents
  • Office facilities and printers
  • PR activities
  • Wifi everywhere on the premises
  • Parking
  • Bike on loan

Curatorial contribution

  • Take part in studio visits
  • Produce 1 blog post per week, incl. two images

One of the following for residencies longer than two weeks:

  • Produce a 1500 words text, incl. two images
  • Take part in a public event

Grants and Stipends

There are 4 – 6 grants with stipends and production budgets available per year. Please consult our Open Call page

For more details on funding and finances, consult the Grants and Stipend page

AiR Tilburg additional information

Previous Residents