OBRAS-Holland offers (emerging) professional artists an inspiring residency in a spacious, free-standing mansion surrounded by a garden, in which one or two artists live and work largely on their own. It is located at the edge of a pleasant village surrounded by nature, with good connections to bigger cities. Several museums and other cultural highlights are in the direct surroundings (doable with an easy bike ride). The house is especially suited for visual arts and desk work. May and June are the months of pleasant temperatures and lush nature: good for working outside, biking and hiking. The local hostess gives support when needed and can organize contact with local artists. But first of all it is largely a help-your-self place.
Some possibilities exist for organizing artist talks and other small scale events.
The artist will be accommodated in a mansion, surrounded by a garden. He/she acn use the ground floor and part of the first floor. Available are an enclosed veranda / sitting room, a spacious kitchen / living room, a sleeping room (3,5 x 3,5 m) with two beds, a bathroom and toilet. The house has Wi-fi. There is an extra bedroom on the first floor in case there are two artists working on the same project.
Kitchen equipment (oven, microwave, gas stovetop, dish washer and so on) are available for preparing your own meals. Food stores and restaurants are within 10 minutes walking. Sheets, towels, blankets and laundry machine are available.
The working studio is 5 x 9m and 3.60m high and can be divided into two halves. One half can be used as office - a desk, office chair and basic equipment are available. The other half can be used for painting and art work. One wall is especially useful to fix large size works on.
The studio has two high windows, depending on personal wishes additional artificial light may be needed. Furniture will be adapted according to your application. The floor has a wall-to-wall wool carpet that will be covered with a water resistant hard-board sheet in case the type of work demands this. A wooden working table of 1.20 x 1,90 cm on trestles, two spotlights and some basic equipment are available. Please ask for a sketch of the studio dimensions.
Obras-Holland is located at the edge of a green village named Renkum. Within 10 minutes walking distance you will find shops, supermarkets, restaurants, library and so on. Renkum has 7000 inhabitants and is surrounded by a large forested area and the river Rhine with extensive forelands. Renkum has direct connections by bus to Wageningen (35.000 inhabitants; a lively university town, 5 km), Ede (100.000 inhabitants, 12 km) and Arnhem (200.000 inhabitants, 18 km). Bicycles are available for shopping and site seeing.