Frans Masereel Centrum


Location: Kasterlee, Belgium

Mission: Frans Masereel Centre is a Flemish centre for Graphic Art started in 1972. It offers a residency and workplace to graphic designers, artists and critics who want to work with Intaglio, relief printing, screen print or lithography, or who want to investigate the relationship of graphics with other visual arts. The centre focuses mainly on creation rather than on reproduction, in regard of the laboratory that it wants to be, a platform for the public, the artist and his work.
Every year a committee selects some 70 national or international artists and critics who can reside in the centre for a certain period of time. The centre is at countryside of ‘de Anwerpse Kempen’. The architect, Lou Jansen, designed the main studio as an open and round structure, wherein one can work peacefully.

A professional artist or graphic designer realizes a project, which corresponds with his or her own artistic practice. Experience with the graphic medium is not required, although every resident has to be able to realize the project independently. Two members of the technical staff are available for advice or help.

Cost: 105 euros per week

Number of Artists: information not available

Accommodations: As a resident you have your own house with kitchen, eating and living room and two bedrooms at your disposal. We also offer one bike for each house. You’re free to bring your family or an assistant. The houses have a kitchen, a bathroom with a toilet, a living room and two bedrooms. The kitchen is equipped with the necessary comfort of an electric stove, a microwave, an electric water boiler, a fridge, and the necessary table ware. In the living room there’s besides a couch, also a television, an easel and a drawing table. There’s also wireless Internet. The bathroom consists of a shower, a washbasin and a toilet. Both bedrooms have each two beds with all the necessary pillows and blankets. You can get sheets at the reception for 5€ the packet. The common laundry room has a washing machine (with detergent and fabric softener). Artists can also use the common freezer.

Length of Stay: Artists on the contrary have the chance to reside during the whole year. The studio is open from 8 am to 8 pm.

Demographic: National and International artists involved in graphic design, print related media, and printmaking (though, a graphic medium is not required but encouraged)

Benefits: Family/friend accommodations, a bike for each house, own living accommodations, extra-large print media facilities

Deadline: February 2, 2013



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