Investigation Around Residences in the Netherlands, 2005

Investigation Around Residences in the Netherlands, 2005

In the report Around Residences 2005 , including more:


The guest studios offered in the Netherlands are so diverse, the history of their establishment and their profiles so different, and their organisation and programming in such stark contrast to each other, that it sometimes seems as though there are few common characteristics to unite them. Also, the observation is often made that each place must find its feet on its own; this is perhaps indeed so. Despite this, it has proved to be the case over the last few years that many initiators of new guest studios come knocking at the door of Trans Artists with comparable questions. Meetings which Trans Artists have organised for guest studios have also shown that many providers of existing guest studios regularly have to deal with the same questions and run up against comparable problems. Thus, the idea has arisen to produce a more thorough inventory and to investigate guest studios in the Netherlands, which Trans Artists began in 2005.Central to this investigation is the question as to whether a common pattern exists, and if so what. What accounts for the differences in the history of their establishment of guest studios, in the requirements and conditions they impose, in their running, in their organisation, and in their profile? What makes a guest studio what it is? Do models indeed exists? And if so, would it be possible on the basis of these models to compile a guest studios handbook? Or, can we better think in terms of a toolbox: a collection of factors which in greater or lesser measure account for the development of each guest studio?


Around Residences in the Netherlands

The investigation began with an inventory-building Around Guest Studios in the Netherlands, the results of which can be read in the report. In total, eleven studios were visited. Together, these places give a fairly good overview of the diversity in what is offered.

Five of the places visited are in Rotterdam. Artists’ initiatives were already receiving more attention there at the beginning of the 1990’s, due to the favourable cultural direction of the municipal authorities at that time. Due to this, many initiatives have been able to develop and test out various forms of guest studios. As a consequence of this, guest studios remain today a definite and visible part of the cultural life of the city.

There we visited V2_ , Kaus Australis , Duende , Stichting B.a.d., and Het Wilde Weten, and in Amsterdam Steim and Agentur. In Hoorn we visited Hotel Mariakapel, and in The Hague '1646 ': a young initiative with plans for a guest studio. Outside of the Randstad (the major urban conurbation in the western Netherlands), we visited the workshop and guest studio Beeldenstorm / Daglicht in Eindhoven, and two guest studios outside the urban context: Kunsthuis SYB in Beetsterzwaag and Stichting KiK in Kolderveen.

These visits in person made it possible to ask question of the people who are directly responsible for the organisation and programming of the guest studios. As a result of these visits, the guest studios offered could be inventoried in a more thorough and adventurous manner than had previously been possible.

Read the report in English Ronde Gastateliers 2005

Heidi Vogels