English, Dutch, German, Polish, Arab
2013. Artist-run-initiative founded in 2010
Paid by host 

Living expenses and accomodation. Travel costs and fee.

Application guidelines 

MotelSpatie is interested in proposals aimed at its fields of interest: Engaged autonomy, D.I.Y Urbanism and the question: Who owns the city? The team works with artists who are interested in the transformation, identity or social context of the suburb Motel Spatie is based and from that basis develop a project in Presikhaaf (the district). For more information read the 'about' on the website.



Motel Spatie

Motel Spatie

Locatie Spatie


Motel Spatie, artist-in-residence, regards contemporary art as a laboratory for society.

The literal meaning of the Dutch (word) Spatie would be Space (as in the space between words, created with your spacebar – as it is said in Dutch, spatiebalk). In this sense, it also points to the unused places in cities formed by mis-planning, restructuring, and the real estate crisis. These are the places Motel Spatie is interested in; places they search for and start using, by either climbing fences or asking the keys – with a Just-do-it principle. Motel Spatie is a project space inventing forms of engaged autonomy and D.I.Y urbanism always questioning: Who owns the city?

Motel Spatie works with artists who are interested in the transformation, identity or social context of the district and from that basis develop a project in the Presikhaaf suburb. Motel Spatie is a non-profit organisation.

Accommodation Information 

4 bedrooms

Studio Information 

Motel Spatie is based in the artist-run-initiative Locatie Spatie. Together with the group of artists, visitors and once a week a organic-vegan peopleskitchen you share the kitchen facilities and the main space. Sometimes also used for little performances, workshops or a local group of street artists, screenprinting etc. Besides to the five studios there is a office for a group of unemployeed people, who work on a voluntary base in the neighbourhood.

Technical Information 

Internet access.


Motel Spatie is based in the middle of Presikhaaf (a suburb of Arnhem, The Netherlands) at the artist-run initiative Locatie Spatie. Presikhaaf is a typical post-war district that witnessed the engagement of architecture (as economic and political tool) for the improvement of the world by means of building design and urban planning. The idea was to build a new social order where the individual reconciles his place in the community, a place he had lost in the modern city.

Presikhaaf gathers inhabitants of 112 different countries, adding a special dynamic to this district (currently under extensive restructuring).

Roompotstraat 1a
6826 EM Arnhem

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