Frans Masereel Centrum

General information

Brief description of organisation

Frans Masereel Centrum is a Flemish centre for Graphic Art founded in 1972.
It offers residencies and a work place 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. It is a platform for the public, the artist and his work. Frans Masereel Centrum also organizes different graphic projects like exhibitions, open portfolio sessions, print related presentations, etc. It wants to stimulate new graphic practices in contemporary arts.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Frans Masereel Centrum offers 4 types of residencies:

(6 weeks)
Professional artists and graphic designers get the opportunity to work on a personal project within their artistic practice. Experience with the graphic medium is not required.

(4-6 weeks)
Artists, critics and theorists write an essay about the graphic medium while residing in the Frans Masereel Centrum. They can use the library and workshop.

(6 weeks)
Researchers, artists and graphic designers work on their research of a technical aspect of the graphic medium. The variety of print techniques available at the centre makes it possible to do exhaustive and experimental research. A profound knowledge of the medium is required.

(1-2 weeks)
Graduate art schools can apply to work on a print-related project.

Residency at Frans Masereel Centrum includes use of the professional print workshop, technical advice and the use of workshop materials. For some digital prints, papers and specific inks, you will be charged with a small fee.
We also offer accommodation in a personal little house (with equipped kitchen, personal bathroom, etc) during your residency. There’s room for up to four people, so you are free to bring a partner, assistant, friend or family member. There is also a bike at your disposal.

Application deadline for the general, research and essay residency is October 1st.
Applicants are asked to fill out the online application form and upload the necessary documents and portfolio.
Please check our website for application guidelines and details.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Printmaking
Type of organisation
  • Part of a Governmental Institution

Residency conditions

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

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Other


Grants available

For the general and research residency, we charge a flat fee of 350 Euro (about 405 USD) per week per artist. For the essay residency the cost is 175 Euro (about 203 USD). For the school residency we charge 900 Euro (about 1040 USD) per week for maximum 8 students and 2 teachers or 500 Euro (about 570 USD) for maximum 4 students and 2 teachers. Of course, the real costs for the organization are much higher - so every residency at our centre is in fact subsidized.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Food
  • Other

Paper, copper plates, digital film

Expectations of the artist
  • Donation of an Artwork
Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Supplies
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Library
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
  • Printmaking Facilities
Number of studios

between 5 and 10

Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Private Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Exhibitions

How to reach

By train

Kasterlee is most easily reached by public transport from Antwerp and Brussels.
Take the train to Turnhout or Geel.
From these stations, take bus connection 490-492 to Kasterlee.
Get off at the Houtum stop.
The bus stop is within walking distance of Frans Masereel Centrum: at the traffic lights, take a right on Zaardenstraat to the first street on your right, Masereeldijk. Frans Masereel Centrum is 200 meters to your right.

By plane

Take a plane to Brussels International Airport (Zaventem), then follow the train directions.

By car

E34 Antwerpen - Eindhoven: Exit 24 Turnhout Centrum
N19 Turnhout - Geel: follow in the direction of Kasterlee and Geel
Drive through the centre of Kasterlee in the direction of Geel and follow the signs ‘Frans Masereel Centrum’

Nearest airport

Brussels International Airport (Zaventem)

Contact information

Frans Masereel Centrum
Masereeldijk 5
2460 Kasterlee

Phone: 00 32 (0) 14 852252
Fax: 00 32 (0) 14 850591

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