Writer in residence

At SEA Foundation we are dedicated to contemporary art and this includes writing about art. What is this hook-up with writing? As you see, this comes to you in writing too. It is our view, that writing and art are essentially intertwined. Making up your mind about art and writing about it,  is addressing the world of words connect to feelings and thoughts. This urges the need for imaginative text and explicating experiences into writing. But to put it into words – so to say – is a challenge with extraordinary features attached. Talking about art is one thing, writing about art is a whole different thing. This is particularly true for writing about a visual experiences and dealing with visual art. Imaginative writing supports our imaginative powers. Our imaginative powers give us the opportunity to broaden our understanding of ourselves and the world at large.

Art to language

One image can tell a thousand words. But who voices their direction, underlines purpose and meaning about what is seen in the image? The writer does. And this is why we like to pay tribute to writers and good writing. We offer writers who want to develop new or existing ideas, to work on an upcoming publication, novel or essay the opportunity to do so in a tranquil and inspiring environment. Changing grounds can give you a change of perspective and new input to clarify, and help you to explore your artistic practice.


At SEA Foundation, we consider ourselves lucky to collaborate with the Tilburg-based literature organization Tilt. We have been hosting their writers and poets of repute like Ilja Leonard PfeifferAnnelies Verbeke and Maartje Wortel Besides offering esteemed Dutch and Flemish poets and novelists a space to work. The – AiR Tilburg – Writer in Residence program facilitates art critics, cultural theorists, as well as research-orientated writers, and poets with an interested in writing connected to arts, such as playwrights and composers.

Writers cove

We bridge attention between young, talented writers and already established, professional writers and art critics, whom we all see as peers. We feast on collaboration and are plugged into a proper connected international, national as well as local network, and will encourage you to plot and forge new liaisons. We have close relations with skilled writers, who master the different challenges of writing and who would love to give support if needed. So, grant yourself this opportunity to dedicate yourself to your task, to bring yourself closer to your goal, and apply for a residency as a Writer in Residence.

Writing residencies

Annually, SEA Foundation invites writers to apply for a Writer in Residence. The aim of the Writer in Residence Programme is to provide opportunities to familiarise writers with the Dutch visual art scene in the Netherlands, to conduct research and make connections. Through these residencies, SEA Foundation aims to build links and foster collaborations between international writing practices, art practices and art & design institutions at large, in the south of the Netherlands. The advantage for an international writer visiting Tilburg in 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 an (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 public and private galleries and festival locations.

On offer

  • Use of the studio and private living quarters
  • Including heating, water and electricity
  • Soundboarding
  • Shared kitchen and residency rooms
  • Breakfast
  • Art-related library
  • Interaction with other residents
  • Office facilities and printers
  • WIFI everywhere on the premises
  • Parking
  • Bike on loan

Writer in Residence contribution

  • Take part in a studio visit
  • Get involved in the city’s literary and cultural life
  • Write article for blog, newspaper or magazine

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

Additional information on residencies

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

Maartje Wortel
Goudvissen en Beton
Book launch. Maartje Wortel Writer in Residence, she stayed at SEA Foundation and was invited by TiLT festival Tilburg 2016
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Annelies Verbeke
Book launch of the short story “Vogeltjes” Verbeke wrote as Writer in Residency at SEA Foundation in 2015 at TiLT festival Tilburg
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Ilja Leonard Pfeiffer
Van Weemoed naar de Nacht
Book Launch. Short story Pfeijffer wrote as Writer in Residency at SEA Foundation when invited by TiLT festival Tilburg
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