Jovanna Tosello at B93
Jovanna Tosello at B93
I had a beautiful experience participating in the AREholland artist residency in Enschede, the Netherlands. The three-month program is well structured for a sturdy working environment. The studios are well equipped for artists in the visual arts field, with an emphasis on media and fine art. Added, the residency comes with a collection of interesting, kind-natured artists who share other studios in the building.
Although the residency is called AREholland, the residency is held at the B93 building. The two-story building holds an art gallery and eight large studio spaces. Two of which are reserved for the residency, the other six studios are shared, in pairs, by local artists.
I was allotted the fine art studio for my stay. The studio was a large L shaped space with two tall windows on one face. Apposed to the smaller media arts studio, the artist has the freedom to work on a large scale and take advantage of the abundance of natural light. Attached to the studio, the living area consisted of a small room with a king sized bed. The space was equipped with a flat screen television, linens, couch, and large closet. The shower and bathroom were communal and disconnected from the studio.
The media arts studio was occupied at the time by Cecile Wesolowski, a talented video artist and Pépinières participant. Her residency started one month earlier. When I arrived, she showed me the local shops and locations. We got along well and used our shared time to collaborate on a joint exhibition for the B93 gallery. Her experiences at the B93 are documented as Cécile Wesolowski's Art Journals .
The local area is home to the city of Enschede. For the non-Dutch, the pronunciation sounds like en/(cough)/she-/de. The city center holds twice a week farmers market selling locally grown vegetables, cheeses, fish, and meat products. The downtown area is surrounded by a labyrinth of tightly wound cobble stone streets which can be a challenge to maneuver without a GPS unit. Outside the city center are friendly neighborhoods and large photogenic parks. All in all, I would recommend this program to anyone looking for a well-equipped, self-directed residency experience in a quiet Dutch town.