About DutchCulture | TransArtists

About DutchCulture | TransArtists

DutchCulture|TransArtists combines and shares knowledge and experience on artist-in-residence programmes and other international opportunities for creative professionals to temporarily stay and work elsewhere.

We offer you all about facts, use and value of international artist-in-residence opportunities.
Our tools and services are developed from the artists' perspective.

Our goal is to make the enormous worldwide residential art labyrinth accessible and usable to artists through our website, workshops, AiR collection, research and projects. To do this, we usually cooperate with a wide range of partners in all world regions.

We are part of DutchCulture - Center for International Cooperation, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Our tools and services:

  • www.transartists.org: the biggest source of information on artist-in-residence opportunities worldwide, with around 1400 residency opportunities, including first-hand artists' experiences, research, contacts, and advice.
  • AiR Platform NL: the connecting network of all (currently more than 80!) artist-in-residence programs of the Netherlands.
  • Workshops- and training programs for artists about using artist-in-residence opportunities.
  • Publication: thematic compilation of AiR development within the artistic realm combining selections of residencies with visions, facts and interviews with artists and organisers.
  • Mutual Impulse projects to share indepth exchange of artist-in-residence expertise and experiences between the Netherlands and other countries.
  • European wide Green Art Lab Alliance (GALA) project on environmental sustainability and the arts - funded by the European Union from 2013 to 2015.

Our mission

DutchCulture | TransArtists combines and shares expertise on international artist-in-residence programmes and related issues for artists, cultural organisations and policymakers. It offers tools and services to artists, stimulating and encouraging them to make an efficient, innovative, independent “use” of what residencies offer them.

Why? - Residency programmes have become intrinsic to many artists' careers. There is a wide variety of reasons for artists to engage in residencies as well as a widening variety of artists who go on them. Many artists coming straight out of college and higher education see residencies as a first step into becoming an artist, other, more established artists take ‘time out’ to go on a residency or see the residency as a mid-career break or step. DutchCulture | TransArtists develops its activities from the deep understanding and awareness of the importance that the phenomenon has for artists and through them, for the Arts and the art world.

How? - The tools and services DutchCulture | TransArtists provides include

> Information and expertise via www.transartists.org with:

  • An extensive database to search for over 1400 residency programmes worldwide
  • Upcoming deadlines for residency programs
  • Residency Experiences from artists
  • Publications and other resources on residencies and their programs
  • Place your own adds and offerings

> The TransArtists (inter)national workshop programme, helping and training artists to find and access residency programmes.

> The organisation and participation in Expert meetings on the AiR phenomenon.

> Researches in and about the AiR phenomenon.

> Development and/or partnership with international thematic collaboration projects on residences.

> AiR Platform NL including:

  • An overview of residency programmes in the Netherlands and Flanders
  • Calls and news from the AiR Platform's members
  • Expert meetings with and for the AiR Platform participants
  • Mutual AiR Impulse projects, international exchange projects of the AiR Platform NL with international partners.
  • The new Werkplaatsen Platform for technical workspaces/residencies for artists and designers.


  • DutchCulture|TransArtists does not offer artist-in-residence programs.
  • DutchCulture|TransArtists does not offer guest studios.
  • DutchCulture|TransArtists does not judge applications.
  • DutchCulture|TransArtists does not supply grants.

Please note: DutchCulture|TransArtists is NOT affiliated to any of the artist-in-residence opportunities or other insitutions listed in this website. Please contact them directly should you have any questions about application procedures and other matters.