Hotel Maria Kapel (HMK) is an artist-in-residence, exhibition space and cinema for contemporary visual art in the city centre of Hoorn; a historic town 40 kilometres north of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. HMK is a non-profit organization that aims to assist young as well as more established artists from all over the world in the production of new work and promote exchanges between national and international artists, cultural institutions and the public.
The studio/exhibition space of HMK is located in an early 15th century chapel, surrounded by a semi-private courtyard. This beautifully tranquil and spacious working environment offers the artists-in-residence a unique space for reflection, experimentation and production. HMK places the artist at the centre of its activities, and stimulates risk-taking as a key element of artistic development. The public programme of exhibitions, screenings, lectures, workshops and publications, aims to challenge perceptions of what constitutes contemporary art, and bring the audience closer to the practice that motivates it.
During a stay in our guesthouse, residents are invited to develop, execute and present new work in the chapel/exhibition space, or research and develop a specific project culminating in an event, exhibition, presentationor publication. The Netherlands is a small country that is easy to navigate by train, and we stimulate artists to also use the residency as an opportunity to explore other places, museums and project spaces.
HMK aims to secure funding in collaboration with the artists in order to provide a travel/living/production budget, and always offers full and free use of the guesthouse, studio and all its facilities. Furthermore, HMK is responsible for all mail-outs and promotional activity in relation to the shows, which include regional, national and international contacts.
HMK is looking for innovative projects that make full use of the unique opportunities offered. Projects may be presented outside the Maria Chapel, or can take on other forms than an exhibition. HMK is keen on artistic projects that do not only focus on art itself but which, in content or practice, are able to expand the artistic field and make connections outside an art-context.
HMK aims at facilitating collaborations; preferably you work with artists or other people with whom you haven’t (extensively) worked before. If your proposal does not include such collaboration, HMK can propose one from the other applicants.