English & Dutch
3 months
Paid by host:

They love to receive guest artists and facilitate the development of their practice, help organise studio visits when relevant, advise about events and visits in Rotterdam and beyond that might be of interest to their guests, etc. But keep in mind that Het Wilde Weten is not an institution, but an artist-run space. All of the members are artists themselves and contribute to the residency and public programs on a voluntary base.

Paid by artist:

The rent is 500€ all-inclusive, per month. They ask you for a 200€ deposit upon the signature of our mutual agreement.

Application guidelines:

Prepare your application as a single PDF containing the following documents:

  • Portfolio (10 images of your work and max. 3 video links)

  • Artist statement (max. 300 words)

  • Brief description of your plans during the residency (max. 300 words)

  • CV

  • Link to website (if applicable)

Please send your application PDF named (SURNAME_Firstname.pdf) by email to [email protected], clearly indicating in your email which residency period(s) you apply for.

Because they work with application deadlines the best way to find out about upcoming deadlines is to subscribe to their newsletter to receive an e-mail when a new open call is due.

Annually there are 4 residency periods each for ± 3 months.

  • February 1st – April 30th
  • May 1st – July 31st
  • August 1st - October 31st
  • November 1st - January 31st

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Het Wilde Weten

Het Wilde Weten


Het Wilde Weten is an independent artist initiative in Rotterdam providing artist studios, a public platform for contemporary art, culture, discussion and debate, and an Artist in Residency program.

The residency provides Dutch and International artists with the opportunity to develop their practice in a studio building amongst 16 active artists. With our residency program, we aim to promote cultural exchange by connecting practices from diverse backgrounds.

We provide support for our guests by connecting them with artists, curators or other cultural agents working in their field. But keep in mind that Het Wilde Weten is not an institution but an artist-run space. All of its members are artists themselves and contribute to the residency and public programs on a voluntary base. Within the first weeks upon arrival, we will organise a welcome dinner where the new guest(s) artist(s) are invited to give an artist talk to introduce themselves to fellow HWW members and the Rotterdam art scene.


Guest artists may propose a public event in the project space, which can take place upon discussion.

Accommodation Information

The guest artist lives and works on the first floor and has access to a 30 m2 studio that is furnished with a chair, loft bed, refrigerator, wardrobe and a large table. There is a private shower and a shared toilet adjacent to the studio. Downstairs is a communal kitchen; on the second floor is a coffee corner. The guest artist is provided with a bicycle and an internet connection. Due to fire safety regulations, we can only accept individual artists living in the building.

The Guest studio is for living and working.


Het Wilde Weten (HWW) is an artists' run space, established in a former convent near the centre of Rotterdam. Sixteen visual artists, working in different disciplines have their studios located in this building. Rotterdam has a vibrant art scene with many artist-run initiatives, galleries and exhibition spaces. A stay at Het Wilde Weten is a great way to get in touch with these networks of artists and art institutions. Our studio building is located in the heart of Rotterdam – the main museums and art venues are easily reachable on foot.

Contact information

Robert Fruinstraat 35
3021XB Rotterdam

residency [at]