Who we are
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, support, solo exhibitions, art projects, exchanges and publications. From 2013 we also run an Artist in Residence programme – AiR Tilburg – which attracts artists, curators and writers to residencies that include bespoke mentoring.
In all our activities we are fueled by visual arts. Transgressing the boundaries between disciplines and always putting the context and the idea before the medium. By working in different cultural contexts, the foundation generates discussion, exposing and intervening within, as well as being part of networks that concentrate on eminent issues. SEA Foundation aims to be a cultural catalyst in the working lives of art professionals.
SEA Foundation is a charity, a voluntary-based organization that does not employ personnel. It doesn’t adhere to the logics of an institution. It is an acellerated, agile, network environment that intertwines artistic work and daily life.
What we do
In response to individual needs, SEA Foundation offers hospitality in art and operates as an alternative model of working; to reflect, to debate and to make. We welcome art professionals at all stages of their careers to develop their practice further.
The curated art projects in the gallery concentrate on finding different ways to approaching ideas and questions. Showing solo or in duo’s, in uniformity or clash and always creating a cumulative experience for our visitors, peers and public alike. The artists we work with range from Venice Biennial award winners to emerging artists and recent graduates.
Our related events include artist talks, screenings, creative workshops and knowledge exchange such as peer critique and write-ups.
SEA Foundation provides residency programmes for artists, curators and writers that are committed to reflection, experimentation and production. We offer our residents, focus, dedicated time and an extension to their network. Residencies may result in producing a show, (research based) work in progress, artist’s book, and interaction with peers and local partners
Besides programmes for artistic practices, we provide courseware for those with a natural curiosity for the visual arts. SEA Foundation offers on-line courseware, that aims to broaden knowledge about experiencing and collecting art, curating exhibitions or writing about art.
We believe that curiosity, openness and dialogue are the most important tools for engaging with art.
Visual arts are necessary to push the boundaries, encouraging new ways of thinking, to celebrate or to lament the human condition. We extent an invitation to you to join us because Together we are more.
Our home base is at number twenty-two Tivolistraat. It’s Gust van Dijk’s four-story former shophouse in Tilburg’s Cultural Quarter. The Amsterdam School style building is located in heart of Tilburg in the south of the Netherlands. The shophouse has been converted into a gallery|project space, Artist in Residency and a 4-star Bed and Breakfast. All set in a lush town garden.
Tilburg is a lively city with a rich interdisciplinary cultural climate. Museum The Pont for contemporary art, the Textile Museum with it’s labs and the Nature Museum are in close proximity, as are the cinema’s, theatres, and live music venues. Shops, supermarkets and cafes at your finger tips. The European Ceramics Work Centre (EKWC) is just a short bike ride away.
Tilburg once was the wool capital of the Netherlands. In 1881 there were as many as 145 wool mills. In the 1960s the industry collapsed and by the 1980s the number of wool mills could be counted on the fingers of one hand.
Present-day Tilburg boasts one of the best universities in the Netherlands and a unique dance and music quarter. Tilburg’s location is very central in Northern Europe. Within a one hours’ drive, you can reach Utrecht, Maastricht, Antwerp and Dusseldorf. In little over an hour, Brussels, Amsterdam, and Cologne Frankfurt, Paris and Berlin are within reach too. And to top it off, Eindhoven Airport, a low-cost carrier airport, is just 30 minutes by public transport.