Frequently Asked Questions

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Artist An Onghena asking a question to our previous resident, Yelena Popova

Application procedure

Q Who is eligible to apply for the residency program?
A: Our residency program is open to contemporary art-related professionals, regardless of gender, or stage of their career, for example Visual artists, or artists with a hybrid or cross-discipline practice.  Curatorial practices, researching, concepting, executing projects or network enlargement needs. Art Writers, art theoretics, and art critics. 

Q: I am a curator/art critic. Am I still eligible for this residency?
A: Yes, you are eligible. Although we use the term “Artist in Residency” as a label for our program, we very much welcome curators, art critics, and writers to apply for our residency program as well.

Q: Who is not eligible to apply for the residency program?

  • If you are still enrolled as a student (BA and MA).
  • You are under the age of 25.
  • You are a journalist, rather than an art critic.

Q: Who can I contact for more information?
A: Questions about the Open Call for our residency program, which are not addressed here, or questions about SEA Foundation in general, can be asked via email

Q: Can I make an appeal if I am not selected for a residency?
A: The decision of the jury is final, therefore we do not correspond about the decision.


I have been selected

Q: I have been selected for fully-funded residency. What are the benefits?
A: The award includes:

  • free use of the live/work studio,
  • stipend of €550 per month when in residence,
  • use of available equipment,
  • publication on our website and social media channels,
  • news item in our monthly newsletter
  • public event, exhibition or the production of an artist’s book,
  • bespoke mentoring,
  • access to art-related library,
  • free breakfast,
  • free use of a bike,

Q: I have been awarded a fully-funded residency. What are the costs?
A: You pay:

  • travel expenses,
  • any costs connected to your visa or insurance.


Q: Do I have to stay at SEA Foundation?
A: Yes, when you are a resident at SEA Foundation you are required to live/work at SEA Foundation during your residency period.

Q: Can my partner stay as well?
A: Your partner can stay as well.

Q: Can I bring a pet?
A: No, you cannot bring any pets during your residency.

Q: Can I bring any visitors during my residency?
A: Visitors are always welcome during your residency during the day. They cannot share the accommodation with you. Timely notify the coordinator of the visitor, and make sure you keep the front door locked after you let them in.

Q: When do I sign the collaborative agreement contract?
When dates for the residency have been determined, an agreement of collaboration will be affected. This agreement states all the details concerning your stay, working period, the policies of SEA Foundation, and mutual rights and duties. Once you have signed this agreement your residency can start at the agreed commencement date.

Q: When do I make a deposit of €450 ?
A: After you have been admitted and the details and dates of your residency are agreed upon, SEA Foundations requests the deposit of € 450,-. The full amount will be returned to you at the end of your residency minus costs, within 14 days of your departure.

Q: Can I withdraw from a residency after my residency has been confirmed?
A: You can, but please keep in mind that by doing so, you will permanently forfeit your place within the residency program of that year. We will refund the deposit on the following conditions: If you cancel more than four months before the start of your residency, the deposit will be refunded minus the non-refundable administration costs of € 50 euro. If you cancel between four and two months before the start of your residency, we will refund 20% of the deposit. In case you cancel less than two months before the start of your residency, we will not refund the deposit. 

Q: Can SEA Foundation help with a Visa?
Some foreign participants, who live outside the EU need a visa to visit and stay in the Netherlands up to 90 days. This depends on your nationality. More information concerning visa can be found at the website of the Dutch embassy in your country of origin. SEA foundation provides invitation letters to this purpose.

About your stay

Q: Are there any house rules that I need to be aware of?
A: Yes, you can find our house rules here.

Q: How can I prepare for the AiR Tilburg residency?
A: Visit our Residency Preparation page here.