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

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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Previous Residents

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
Sept 2019 / June 2020
Resident from Denmark
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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sea_youhere | Virtual Vitrine
Edition 2019
Virtual Vitrine | sea_youhere
SEA Foundation’s project sea_youhere is an online-residency and a window that aims to share knowledge of artists and curators from all over the world.
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