Curator in residence

Taking a retreat in a tranquil and dedicated environment can be an uplifting experience that enables curators to concentrate and connect to ideas for a project or upcoming show. Are you, as a curator, reviewing or unearthing your curatorial approach, doing research, and evaluating ideas? At the SEA Foundation’s Curator in Residence programme, you find yourself a bit closer to ‘Mount Summit’.

Resident curators come to us by invitation, nomination, or by application through an Open Call. The studio for curators is on the first floor, conveniently tucked away from the direct hustle and bustle of the house. The studio/apartment with a private bathroom has the library close at hand and has its own work- and meeting room.

Retreat: Up to 1 month. With your curatorial practice at heart, the research process is nourished in dialogue with the input of theoretical and practical expertise from SEA Foundation team members. We surrounded the curator in residence with support, soundboarding, and open-minded conversations where needed. This is a self-funded option.

Work visit: Network introductions with a duration of up to 6 days. SEA Foundation offers yearly 5 visiting programmes to mid-career and emerging curators with an active practice that connects to exhibition-making. These fully stipended work visits aim to connect the dynamic contemporary art scene in Noord Brabant to visiting curatorial practices. We are proud of our established reputation, which enables introductions to both public and private art institutions, directors, curators and artists at all levels.

Year curator: We offer one curator a development trajectory with a duration of one year. The support includes network introductions and a fully stipended work visit to our region, assistance with concept development, office and communication support. In addition, we offer seed funding and help with finding additional appropriate funds.

Grants and Stipends

Depending on the funds available, SEA foundation offers funding for residencies. We always encourage admitted residents to apply for additional funds. Preceding the residency, we offer assistance in finding funds and we provide a letter of invitation on request.

Information for Residents

Prepare for your stay at AiR Tilburg
Residency preparations
When you come well prepared, you’ll enjoy your Artist in Residency and dedicated work time at SEA foundation even more.
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House Rules – AiR Tilburg
House rules
House rules for AiR Tilburg residents. Good to know what you can expect from us and what we can expect from you. Read the house rules before applying for a Residency.
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FAQ for AiR Tilburg residents
If you have a question regarding the residency program or the application procedure, there’s a good chance you will find the answer here.
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Previous Residents

Cem A. and Jina Khayyer | Curators in residence
Residents from the UK and France
July 2023
Curator and artist Cem A. and poet and writer Jina Khayyer welcome a diverse group of artists and researchers to SEA Foundation to dialogue about Solidarity and the Mesopotamian diaspora.  
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Riikka Thitz | Lunch talk and studio visits
Riikka Thitz | Curator from Finland
November 2023
Riikka Thitz is a curator of contemporary performance and visual arts from Finland. She explores forms of public presentation of visual and performing arts as well as their overlaps. Lunch talk and studio visits.
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Aylime Asli Demir | Lunch talk and studio visits
Aylime Asli Demir | Curator from Turkey
October 2023
Aylime Aslı Demir has been curating exhibitions for KAOS GL and established the international Ankara Queer Art Residency in Ankara.
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Mucho Mas! | Lunch talk and studio visits
Curators from MUCHO MAS! present their space, curatorial lines as well as previous and upcoming projects and current personal interests. Following the talk there is a lunch.
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Cas-co Leuven x SEA Foundation Tilburg | Collaboration
April – October 2023
Two leading art institutions in the Netherlands and Belgium create together opportunities for artists to work and exchange ideas across borders with financial support of  Grensverleggers “De Buren”
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Art curators from Italy and Switzerland visit the Noord Brabant Region
Curatorial visit
04. – 09.12.2022
Lara Gaeta, Giacomo Galetti, Cristina Rota visit art spaces, artists’ studios, and museums in the Noord Brabant
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Curator visiting Programme | Aldo Rinaldi
Visitor from the UK
01.06 – 06.06.2022
Aldo Rinaldi is known for his experimental approach to commissioning works outside of the gallery and museum space. He focuses on the intersection of art, architecture and collaborative or multidisciplinary practices that foster collaboration between disparate disciplines.
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Curator visiting Programme | Myymälä2
Visitors from Finland
12.09 – 20.09.2021
Curators Ramiro Camelo, Egle Oddo and Timo Tuhkanen from Myymälä2 vsit the region of Noord Brabant
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Anna Frost | Interview
Interview with curator in residence
Anna Frost
Sept 2019 – June 2020
Interview with curator in residence Anna Frost about her curatorial approach and the exhibition Beast On Its Back
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Maria Vtorushina | Curator in residence
Resident from Ukraine
March – July 2022
In her ongoing research, Maria aims to reveal and articulate voices and practices of queer people from Ukraine, starting from the beginning of the twentieth century.
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Funded emergency residency for art professionals
3 months funded residency
From 21.03.2022
Emergency residency for Ukrainian art professionals. Curator or a curator/artist duo who are displaced or fleeing the war. Up to 2 persons are welcome. Please contact us with your request.
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Enrico Floriddia | Curator in residence
Resident from France
October 2021
The art practice and research of Enrico Floriddia encompasses books, exhibitions, residencies and gatherings.
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Iben Bach Elmstrøm | Visiting program
June 2018
Curator visiting program
Iben Bach Elstrøm is a Copenhagen based curator. She visits artists’ studios and meets cultural workers from institutions in the Noord Brabant region.
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Anna Frost | Curator in Residence
Resident from Denmark
September 2019 – June 2020
Anna Frost is a Danish curator based in Los Angeles. Her practice focuses on nomadic, multipurpose and artist-initiated projects.
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Christel Vesters | Curator in Residence
March / May 2018
Resident from The Netherlands
Christel Vesters’s research project “Touch/Trace” brings together artists, textile designers, craftsmen, writers and thinkers.
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Catherine Hemelryk | Curator in Residence
February 2018
Resident from United Kingdom
Curator in Residence, Catherine Hemelryk is London based and Artistic Director of NN Contemporary in Northampton
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Valeria Ceregini | Curator in Residence
October 2017
Resident from Italy
Curator in Residence September 2017 and April-May 2018. She is an Italian curator, art critic, and researcher from Turin.
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Johanna Caplliure | Curator in Residence
June – July 2017
Resident from Spain
Curator in Residence 2017, Spanish curator from Valencia works st SEA Foundation
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