Who we are

SEA Foundation is an 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 develop, reflect and further develop professional artist, curator and art-related writing practices. At SEA Foundation we cherish 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 eminent, contemporary socio-cultural topics. The related events include screenings, knowledge exchanges, and write-ups.


Because we work in a holacratic model, projects and research develop 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 eminent 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. This reflects 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. SEA Foundation encourages ideas that residents have for producing an artists’ book.  As a work of art in its own right, an artists’ book is a powerful communicative force. 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.

Arik Roper at SEA Foundation. Installation view of exhibition, Brilliant Shadows, at SEA Foundation.
Jens Standke, A tape runs on in silence, 2016. Solo exhibition at Project Space Tilburg, at SEA Foundation Tilburg, the Netherlands. 10.09.2016 until 23.10.2016.