Info and application

DordtYart is a versatile new space for contemporary art that actively searches for alternative connections between artists, the visiting public, the work and the art market. Housed in the Biesboschhal, a converted former shipping yard, commissioned artists create new work in an open-plan work and exhibition space. Artists produce and exhibit side by side. DordtYart’s unique architecture and location, an industrial building surrounded by water, offers particular inspiration. DordtYart encourages the development of artworks that take the specificities of the location into account.

Artists in residence have access to a workshop, can get technical support and have ample space for experimentation. DordtYart envisions its program as an opportunity for artists to engage in focused creation and specialized research. We aim to invite international artists whose work is of a high artistic quality and we endeavor to provide a professional environment that facilitates deep investigation and rich results.

Due to the open layout of the working and exhibition space, visitors of DordtYart are able to directly interact with artists and, with repeated visits, view the development of their projects. Communication between artists and the public is a vital part of the DordtYart ethos. A specific goal of the artist in residence program is learning to present yourself and your work to the public, on a daily base.

In the first period of the residence you will visit workshops of other artists and some interesting exhibitions. At the end of your stay you will visit some galleries. The DordtYart curatorial team will give guidance to your research during the whole period. There will also be some talks with tutors (artists, gallerists or art critics).

Artists are resident for a period of three months and at its end will present their work to the public in an evening lecture. The eventually completed work or results of the research will then be exhibited at DordtYart for an agreed period.


DordtYart is specialized in art that has a link with science and technique. We are highly interested in architecture, film, light- art, kinetic art, media art, multi media, sculpture, stone carving and woodcraft. Craftsmanship and developing skills are important for the work in DordtYart.

Technical Information:
Various tools are available as well as basic technical support from the DordtYart team.

Studio Information:
The hall has a shared work space for the artists in residence, equipped with drawing tables. Here the artists can do research, built scale-models or experiment with materials. The studio is situated in the hall itself. Visitors can enter your studio to see what you are making. Talking with the audience and presenting your work is part of the residency. The residency in DordtYart is no secluded environment.

Accommodation Information:
Artists share a large house, located 300m from the Biesboschhal. Every artist has its own bedroom. There is a shared kitchen, living room and bathroom.


Dutch and English

DordtYart is located in the Biesboschhal, a former shipyard in the Stadswerven (the city wharf) of Dordrecht. It is a culturally and historically significant site with a large amount of space and an unique character.

Every year we have two artist in residence periods of three months: April – June or July – October.


Paid by artist:

There is no financial contribution required for the artist, but a contribution in time (effort) and quality.

Paid by host:
DordtYart provides a residence in which meals and a compensation for daily expenses are included. Travel costs to and from the Netherlands are not included, but may be negotiated in exceptional cases, at the discretion of the hosts. There are possibilities to receive a fee; the amount of this fee depends on the work of art that will be realized. Materials and technical assistance will be provided by DordtYart and the site specific work of art will be removed after the exhibition, therefore the investment in the work of art is strongly limited. If a work of art is transportable, the work of art remains the property of the artist who will transport the work of art after the exhibition, or the work of art is the joint ownership of DordtYart and the artist. Depending on the made agreements on the destination and the ownership of the work of art, compensation is available for investment in the work of art.

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The DordtYart artist in residence program will change in 2016,
therefor it is not possible to apply.