The residency cost is much higher than the weekly fee paid by the resident. The host covers these costs.
The artist pays a fee of 155 euro per week for the use of the studio and the accomodation. He has to cover his travel expenses and subsistence costs.
The artist is expected to donate an artwork by the end of the residency period. The use of some digital equipment (riso, lasercutter, some printers) will be charged.
Due to expansion works at the Center, the organizers cannot determine the next residence period yet. As soon as the planning of the renovation is fixed, they will announce the new deadline. Please regularly review the FMC website, which they update whenever more concrete news are known.
Frans Masereel Centrum offers residencies and a working space to graphic designers, artists and critics who want to work with intaglio, relief printing, screen print or lithography, or who want to investigate the relationship of graphics with other visual arts. The focus is on creation and experimentation in the workshop. Frans Masereel Centrum is a graphical laboratory in which the possibilities of graphical applications are being researched, widened and reformulated. It is a platform for the public, the artist and his work.
GENERAL RESIDENCY - 4 to 6 weeks
During the general residency programme, the artist or graphic designer realizes a print project that matches his or her personal oeuvre. Experience with the graphic medium is not required, although every resident has to be able to realize the project independently. Two members of the technical staff are available for advice or help.
RESEARCH RESIDENCY - 8 weeks
This residency is aimed at the profound research of the graphic medium. The wide range of printing techniques available at the centre provides the opportunity to study technical aspects, innovative processes and graphic visual elements.
ESSAY RESIDENCY - 4 weeks
Critics, artists and theoreticians can reside at the centre to write a critical text on a print related topic. The essay can relate to one or several resident artists, to an exhibition on print media, or to research about the graphic medium.
SCHOOL RESIDENCY - 1 or 2 weeks
A school residency is a unique opportunity for universities to work on a contemporary print-related project. In a professional printmaking workshop and within the international context of a residency space, students can develop and realize a project. During the school residencies the centre organizes events and print related artist talks for the resident schools.
Any university with a master degree program in art can apply for a one or two week residency at Frans Masereel Centrum. We encourage universities to collaborate and to apply for a joint project.
For the specific school residency guidelines, please check here.
Each resident is allocated his/her own fully equipped cottage with open plan kitchen, living room, bathroom and two bedrooms each with two singe beds. Residents may choose to bring an assistant or family. Every artist has a bicycle at his/her disposal.
There’s also free wireless Internet. The common laundry room has a washing machine (with detergent and fabric softener). Artists can also use the common freezer.
There are six workshops at Frans Masereel Centrum, all situated in the various buildings on the premises. Besides workshops for intaglio, letterpress printing, lithography and screen printing, there is also a typography workshop (with wood and lead typesetting) and a digital studio with, besides the scanners and printers necessary to prepare various photographic processes, also a laser cutter and riso machine. The use of the lasercutter, risograph and some printers will be charged. The centre also has two dark rooms where photographic prints (screen printing, photoengraving and offset) can be realised. All workshops are equipped with a ventilation system.
The Frans Masereel Centrum programme and workshops are set up so as to allow residents to work independently and to stimulate them to try different techniques. All manuals and printing processes are organised in convenient folders to be consulted in the workshops. If needed, the workshop managers can guide you through the various printing processes. The studio's are open from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Frans Masereel Centrum provides all the most common products, inks, and materials. There is also a paper shop on site. Check out the facilites on their website.
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