SEA Foundation is an independent, artist-led, residency-based venue for contemporary art. To fulfil our mission; To create awareness for contemporary art and to build cultural resilience, we act as a catalyst in the working lives of artists.
In all our activities we are fuelled by visual arts. Transgressing the boundaries between disciplines and always putting the context and the idea before the medium. Through exchanges and working in different cultural contexts SEA Foundation is part of international networks, where we generate and take part in discussions on eminent issues. See our Archive page.
What we do
We offer time, space and resources to focus on the creation of new content. We create opportunities where artists, writers, curators, activists and theorists can produce, meet, collaborate, reflect, discuss and develop further their professional practices. At SEA Foundation we generate peer learning, because, through participation and self-contribution, it is a means to strengthen self-confidence and self-organization.
In response to individual needs, we propose made-to-measure residencies and work visits. We facilitate mentoring and curatorial engagement where needed. As each resident has different goals and needs the outcome of a residency is not fixed. The result can for instance be an exhibition, a performance, an artist book, a text, or a reading group. Residencies can be complemented by discursive activities, like screenings and talks which are determined in collaboration with team members.
The multipurpose project space lends itself perfectly for presentations of artworks in various mediums as well as performances, talks, meetings and workshops. Exhibitions concentrate on finding ways and approaches to visualise ideas and concepts as well as questioning and addressing contemporary socio-cultural topics. The related activities include screenings, knowledge exchanges, and write-ups.
Because we work in an inclusive, holacratic environment, projects and research develops over time on the basis of urgency, topicality, and the focus of our team members. For example, WARP shows regional artists. And sea_youhere highlights international practices working on conspicuous issues. In our view, peer-to-peer learning can be seen as a mode of learning for everyone, by everyone, about almost anything, especially in art and artists practices related contexts. Sharing and disseminating knowledge is also reflectedin our project-related public programme.
The Library contains more than 3000 titles concerning art, art management, curating, curating theories, art history, criticism, artist writing, and philosophy as well as a valuable selection of artists’ books. As a work of art in its own right, an artist’s book is a powerful communicative force and SEA Foundation owns an interesting collection of Artist’s books that can be looked through in our library. Our library is open to peers and the public upon request.
SEA Foundation is located in the former shop house of Gust van Dijk, who was a tobacco merchant in Tilburg in the previous century. The four-story Amsterdam School style building houses residency studios, gallery spaces, 4-star Bed & Breakfast, and boasts a lush town garden. The home is comfortable and welcoming.
Tilburg is a bustling town in the south of the Netherlands. It 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 is a lively city with a rich cultural climate. The city boasts a unique dance- and music quarter and it is home to one of the best universities in the Netherlands. Museum de Pont, renowned for its contemporary art collection, the Textile Museum with its labs, and the Nature Museum are in close proximity to SEA Foundation. The European Ceramics Work Centre (EKWC) is but a short bike ride away.
Central in Northern Europe
Tilburg is ideally located for slow travel in northern Europe. Amsterdam, London, Brussels, Paris, Cologne and Berlin are within easy reach by public transport. Eindhoven Airport is just 30 minutes by public transport.