Artist in Residence Programme Eindhoven

Open Call for Applications
By Van Abbemuseum and GGzE

Application Deadline: 15.01.2017, 23:59 CET
Notification date: 16.02.2017
Residency period: 02.10.2017 - 02.12.2017


Mental health care is an important topic nowadays with the rise of stress-related illnesses such as burnout and depression in addition to severe diagnosis like personality disorders, schizophrenia and addiction. Most of the affected people live at home and only a small part stay in psychiatric hospitals. However, psychiatric illnesses are still stigmatized by society, not least because of the problematic history of psychiatric care.

Mental health care and psychiatry have adopted these challenges and found a new  understanding that includes an interdisciplinary approach serving the well-being of affected persons. Innovative artistic strategies play a vital part in this development as they can react to these issues creatively and initiate processes that help to reshape the perception of psychiatry in society.


The Van Abbemuseum and the GGzE (Mental Health Care Institute Eindhoven) invite national and international artists or artist groups working in the fields of socially engaged art, community art, participatory art, art & science, social design or other related fields to apply for the Artist in Residence Programme “Artistic Strategies in Psychiatry”. During the two months residency on site at the GGzE, the artists are asked to develop and realize site specific projects of high artistic quality and innovative approaches that have a concrete, positive and lasting impact which relate to one or more of the following objectives:

· reducing prejudices in society against mental health care and psychiatric illnesses
· dealing with specific needs and problems of clients, ex-clients, their relatives or friends
· enhancing the inclusion of clients or ex-clients in society
· improving the living conditions and environment of clients or ex-clients
· improving the working conditions and environment at the GGzE
· making a concrete, positive and lasting impact on the institution, its clients or staff

The invited artists will be provided a studio to work on site at GGzE in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of the Mental Health Care Institution, its clients and staff. They should envisage a close cooperation with the GGzE and the Van Abbemuseum as well as with local or national institutions, organizations, communities and individuals which are concerned with issues according to the submitted projects.

Projects referring to classical kind of art therapy are exempt since the GGzE is already running successful art therapy programs.

Duration of residency

The Residency consists of three phases:
Research phase: The selected artists are invited to visit Eindhoven for a 3 - 5 days research trip in spring 2017.
Residency phase: The selected artists will work on site at the GGzE for the duration of two months in October and November 2017.
Presentation phase: The project will be presented in a suitable way, the location and the date of the presentation depend on the requirements of the project. The artists will be present for the presentation.

Who can apply

National or international artists or artist groups (max. 5 people) working in the fields of socially engaged art, community art, participatory art, art & science, social design or other related fields are welcome to apply. Students are exempt. No age limits apply.

Accommodation and Studio

Accommodation will be provided by Van Abbemuseum. A studio space will be provided on site at the GGzE.

Stipend and production budget

The selected artist (or artists group) will get a stipend of € 7.000,- for the participation in the whole programme (research, residency, presentation) to cover all living expenses.
An operational budget of up to € 5.000,- will be provided for the realization of the project, its documentation, communication and presentation.
Travel expenses will be covered up to an amount of € 2.000,-.


Van Abbemuseum will provide curatorial and organizational support. A suitable form of presentation of the project will be developed by the artists in collaboration with Van Abbemuseum.
GGzE will provide medical expertise and access to its institutions, staff and clients (as it is medically responsible and with their consent).

Etcétera winner Artistic Strategies in Psychiatry project

From over 470 applications, artist collective Etcétera has been chosen for the artist in residence programme in the fall of 2017. This project is part of the Artistic Strategies in Psychiatry programme issued by the Van Abbemuseum together with GGzE. Etcétera was chosen because of their approach towards a taboo subject. Their concept includes a key element that fights stigmatization and increases the visibility of psychiatric problems in society.

The jury, consisting of Annie Fletcher (chief curator Van Abbemuseum), Wilma Wilgenhof (manager
Concern Audit GGzE) and Henri Snel (Alzheimer-Architecture / Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam), unanimously chose Etcétera.   

The jury report states: “The idea of working on the concept of ‘errorism’ – a practical philosophy that states that we need to share and enjoy our errors - in a psychiatric field is an essential element to generate a sustainable project dealing with/against stigmatisation and giving visibility to these problems into the public space. We all think it will provide an innovative approach and at the same time, it will be an asset for the institution GGzE.”

Charles Esche, director of the Van Abbemuseum: “I am delighted that Etcetera will be working with the
GGzE and the museum. Having worked with them in the past, I am very confident that the environment and the people here will appeal to their ‘errorism’ and make a wonderful collaboration. Their work is direct, emotional and intelligent in ways that can be understood and enjoyed by many people.”

Etcétera will work on site at the GGzE for the duration of two months in the fall of 2017. The artists will be provided a studio to work on site at GGzE in order to gain acomprehensive understanding of the Mental Health Care Institution, its clients and staff. They will develop the project in close cooperation with the GGzE and the Van Abbemuseum. They will work with a Dutch anthropology student and possibly also with local or national institutions, organizations, communities and individuals which are concerned with issues related to the project.


Formed in 1997 in Buenos Aires, Etcétera is a multidisciplinary collective composed of visual artists, poets, actors and performers. They all shared the intention of bringing art to the site of immediate social conflict -the streets- and of bringing this social conflict into arenas of cultural production,including the media and art institutions. In 2005 they were part of the foundation of the movement International Errorist, an international organisation that claims error as a philosophy of life. Today the group continues to develop its activities collaboratively with other collectives and individuals, inside and outsi
de the art institutions, and on the educational field.  In 2013 Etcetera won the second edition of the International Award for Participatory Art in Bologna, Italy for their project C.R.I.S.I (Commune of Resarch for Inclusive Social Imaganiation). In the Netherlands they are best known for obtaining the 2015 Prince Claus Award, rewarding the group’s unconventional actions in public spaces that stimulate audience participation and mobilise individuals and communities. 

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