OBRAS Holland

General information

Brief description of organisation

General aim of Foundation OBRAS is to provide all space, service and hospitality necessary for effective working on art and science.

Foundation OBRAS has its principal seat and most of its activities in Portugal. In addition to its activities in Portugal, on 1 August 2010 OBRAS opened an auxiliary establishment in Holland.

There are mayor differences between OBRAS-HOLLAND and OBRAS-PORTUGAL.

OBRAS-HOLLAND uses a spacious mansion in an urban region, in which one or two artists live and work largely on their own. It is located at the etch of a pleasant village and has good travel connections to surrounding big cities and cultural highlights.

OBRAS-PORTUGAL has a Centre in a rural region with several apartments, studios and place for 10 artists. It organises a variety of cultural events (see www.obras-art.org for more info).

This page gives only information on OBRAS-HOLLAND.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

OBRAS HOLLAND gives guidance, advice and support when needed, but first of all it is a help-your-self place.

Your host: Josien Jongejan, lives 200 m from the residence and has a network of contacts in the local art and science community. She may also schedule an informal artist talk together with you.

The rates for 2019 are:
- 120 € per week for 1 person, 200 € per week for a couple.
- Service costs (incl. Wifi and cable TV): 13,50 € per week.
- For water (1,30 € per m3), gas (0.65 € per m3) and electricity (0.25 € per Kwh) you pay what you use.

Check www.obras-art.org for details and conditions.

Residents of OBRAS-Holland include:

Carole Wilson (Australia; visual artist) had a residency at OBRAS Holland. She added more works to her ongoing series “Field Notes”. Among others she stitched strips of geographical maps on carton.

Also at OBRAS was Annie Drum (Australia; writer). She was working on her novel draft ‘What Shape the Wind’ and made a series of small installations of found objects such as bottle tops, part of a bicycle bell and a shopping list in German.

Alison Kruse (USA) experimented with techniques for her oil painting, such as applying it very wet and separating oil form pigment. She worked on old and new themes such as still lives and the natural disasters of early 2018. But basically she was studying the human interference and the force of nature.

Debby Hill (Australia) was inspired by the urban and natural landscapes in the direct surroundings of her residency. She was intrigued by the forms of the trees (nature) and the old remnants of the industrial time of Renkum (manmade chimneys). Her work was an investigation on the connection and disconnection between natural and urban elements in time and space.

Julie Keating (Australia) fascinated by the street of her residence. She collected information on its recent history through literature and talks with neighbours. A century ago a nearby house was home for several famous landscape painters another was a sanatorium for children with tuberculosis.

In recent years Greg Hrbek (USA) choose OBRAS-Holland to work on his novel about the Pacific War between the USA and Japan, being part of WWII. The story is set on an island in Oceania in the years in 1929-1945. It is partly based on experiences in own his family.

Paul Kohl (photographer; USA) and Izumi Ueda (visual artist; Japan) felt living in paradise due to the exceptional good weather and above all by the explosion of colours in the garden: the azaleas and rhododendrons, some three meters high, were in full blossom. Izumi uses the flowers to “decorate” her paintings of dresses. Paul was photographing, but also came in contact with our friend and ceramist: Hanneke van den Berg, and accepted her invitation to experiment with raku.

Morgan Adler (USA) loved the little town, the beautiful nature that surrounds it and her biking tours. She painted churches, field, animals, … and being just graduated from university she contemplated on her future. She started writing short essays on contemporary art.


Mieke Eerkens (USA; writer), Leife Landen (Sweden; scientist), Inger Landen (Sweden; writer), Van Pam (visual artist; USA), Tricia Van Oostveen ( visual artist; Canada), Roland van Oostveen (scientist; Canada), Phil Odessay (Landscape architect; USA), Peter Mauss (photographer; USA), Julia Morrisroe (visual artist; USA), Yelena Popova (video, painting; Russia, living in UK; returned once), Lynne Sung (mixed media; Australia), Diane O’Dwyer (painter; Australia), Cyane Tornatzky (painter; USA), Susan Fang (visual arts; USA), Loris Button (visual arts; Aus), Stacey Cushner (visual artist; USA), Charles Capp (visual artist; USA), Lorie Hoffman (visual artist; USA; returned once), Viivi Nieminen (visual artist; Finland), Cody Healy-Conelly (movie-maker; USA. R returned twice), Anna Ortiz (painter; USA. Returned twice), Lina Uinskyte (Lithuania, living in Italy; violin), Mauro Dilema (Italia, living in Portugal; piano), Laura Waddington (multi media; USA, living in Portugal; returned once), Thomas Haflik (sound artist; Austria), Mary Lapsey (painter; Australia) , Tamara Rafkin (art photographer; USA, living in Belgium), Azila Reisenberger (writer, Scientist; South Africa; returned once), Ryan Froggatt (multi media, Canada), Patricia Kolesar (textile artist and jewelry maker, Canada), Margaret Leonard (painter; USA), Ivan Farmer (visual artist, USA), Cyane Tornazky (mixed media, USA), Andrey Fladebue (photographer; USA), Aly de Groot (fiber artist, Australia), Julia Matheson (visual artist, Australia.

Information on their projects is on www.obras-art.org. Also there is info on residents of earlier years.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Educational Programmes
  • Animation
  • Curatorial
  • Administrative
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Sculpture
  • Textile Art
  • Literature
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners

for childern and partners contact the board.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Cleaning
Application who/how

Open Call

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency

  • Internet Connection
  • Kitchen
Number of studios


  • Private Cabin/House
Working language(s)
  • English
  • German

How to reach

By train

Many trains stop at "Ede-Wageningen". There we can pick you up(or you can do the last 10 km by bus or taxi).

By plane

Schiphol Airport is 75 km from the house and has good train connections. In some cases the regional airports can be an option.

By car

The house is well connected to highways and other roads. Ask us for a route planner.

Nearest airport

Schiphol (Amsterdam)

Contact information

OBRAS Holland
Nieuweweg 31
6871 CA Renkum


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