SEA Foundation is a Dutch not-for-profit, artist-led organisation established in 2011. Over the past few years, SEA Foundation became known as an umbrella label for, support, exhibitions, art projects, exchanges, and publications. From 2013 we also run an Artist in Residence programme – AiR Tilburg – which attracts artists, curators, and writers to residencies that include bespoke mentoring. In all our activities we are fuelled by visual arts. Transgressing the boundaries between disciplines and always putting the context and the idea before the medium. By working in different cultural contexts, the foundation generates discussion, exposing and intervening within, as well as being part of networks that concentrate on eminent issues. SEA Foundation aims to be a cultural catalyst in the working lives of art professionals.
SEA Foundation has its homebase at number twenty-two Tivolistraat. It’s Gust van Dijk’s former shophouse in Tilburg’s Cultural Quarter. The four-story Amsterdam School style building is located in heart of a bustling town in the south of the Netherlands. The shophouse has been converted into an Artist in Residence, gallery-project space, plus a 4-star Bed and Breakfast. All this is set in a lush garden. Tilburg is a lively city with a rich interdisciplinary cultural climate. Museum de Pont for contemporary art, the Textile Museum with its labs, and the Nature Museum are in close proximity, as are the cinema’s, theatres, and live music venues. Shops, supermarkets and cafes at your finger tips. The European Ceramics Work Centre (EKWC) is just a short bike ride away. The Studios are secure, 24/7 accessible and lockable. The kitchen, the dining room, the library and the gallery are common spaces. They are shared and function as meeting places for mentors, artists, guests and residents.
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