Artist in Residence
Nieuweweg 31, 6871CA Renkum
Introduction, guidelines and rates
WHAT’S IN THE NAME?
OBRAS is a Portuguese word for “work in progress”. Foundation OBRAS has to locations: the principal seat is in Evoramonte, Portugal and an auxiliary establishment is in Renkum, Holland. The two locations have similar goals: providing space, service, peace and hospitality necessary for effective working on art and science. Artists and scientists with professional standing are eligible for residence.
There are differences between OBRAS-Portugal and OBRAS-Holland. OBRAS-Portugal is a kind of art colony where up to 10 artists can be facilitated, while OBRAS-Holland can host only one person or an artist couple. OBRAS-Portugal is situated in a rural landscape, while OBRAS-Holland is in an urban setting. In Portugal the facilitation can be on a daily basis and cultural events can be organized, while in Holland you live and work largely on your own. And a difference is of course the climate. Holland has an oceanic climate with mild summer, moderately winter and rain (800 mm) evenly distributed over the year. In Portugal, the summer is hot and winter mild, while rain (600 mm) is largely concentrated in April and November.
Holland recovered well from the first wave of Corona infections and does a lot to avoid a second wave. General rule in public spaces is to apply 1.5 m distance. Wearing face masks and washing hands is advised. Physical distancing and face masks are obligatory in train and bus, in museums and public buildings. Although in shops it is not yet obligatory to wear a face mask, we advise you to do so.
The region of OBRAS-Holland (Renkum and surroundings) has relatively few infections. This is why we decided to re-open, although with some adaptations. In these guidelines we give more details.
Most museums are open, although with reservations. Most theatres stay closed for bigger events.
When you come by airplane and arrive on Schiphol Airport, take the intercity train to Ede-Wageningen. At the counter on the train station at Schiphol you can buy an OV-chipcard and use it for all public transport. They will help you with uploading the card. Twice per hour (xx.30 and xx.00) is a direct connection to Ede-Wageningen (it is line Utrecht - Nijmegen). Call Josien Jongejan (0031 317-319226, or 0031 6 53373801) as soon as you know your departure time from Schiphol and she will be waiting for you at the residence.
From Ede Wageningen to Renkum (8km) you can go by taxi, uber taxi, regio-taxi and public bus. Face masks are obligatory for all public transports.
The taxi and Uber taxi take about 15 minutes and cost around 30€ and 20€, respectively. The regio taxi takes 15-40 minutes (you join it with others) and costs around 14€. You have to book one hour in advance (0900-55 11 551). The bus is 3.50€, has one transfer in Wageningen and takes 35 minutes to the bus stop “Nieuwe Weg/Dorpsstraat”. From there it is another 3 minutes’ walk.
When you come from other directions then Schiphol airport you may contact us for travel advice.
In case you come by car you have a private parking place in front of the house.
At arrival your local host: Josien Jongejan will welcome you and tell you all relevant ins and outs. Mutual expectations will be exchanged. Apart from working and living conditions she will discuss your preferred professional and social contacts. Josien will wear a face mask and expects you to do the same.
You will live in a stylish mansion, surrounded by a garden. You use the ground floor and part of the first floor. It has a glazed veranda, studio/atelier, a spacious kitchen / living room, a sleeping room (3,5 x 3,5 m) with two beds, a bathroom and toilet. There is an extra bedroom available on the first floor and you can choose at the beginning of your residency which of the two bedrooms you prefer.
In your residence you will find disinfection-gel and a face mask. We expect you to refill and replace them.
As your residence has two toilets we suggest you in the scope of Corona to use one for yourself and the other for guests.
The working studio is 5 x 9m and 3.60m high. The studio has two high windows, but dependent of personal wishes, daytime and season additional artificial light may be needed. There are two spotlights available.
One half of the studio can be used as office. A desk, office chair and basic equipment is available.
The other half can be used for painting and art work. Furniture can be adjusted according to your application. The floor has a wall-to-wall woolen carpet that will be covered with a water resistant hard-board sheet in case the type of work demands this. A wooden working table of 1,20 x 1,90cm on trestles, two spotlights, an easel and some basic art supplies are available.
There is a television, radio, DVD, CD and a simple printer/scanner/copier. A modest set of books (art books, tourist guides and literature) are in the living room. Kitchen equipment (oven, microwave, induction cooking plate and so on) are available for preparing your own meals. The tap water is of high quality and has a good taste. You do not need to buy bottled water. The bathroom has a bath and shower. Sheets, towels and blankets are available. You can use the laundry machine and dish washer.
The house is surrounded by a garden with some terraces. In all times of the day and year there are sun and shadow spots.
A well assorted super market and several other shops are on walking distance from the house.
Bicycles are in the garage.
General assistance, advice and support
Generally spoken we make sure that you have guidance and support when needed, but first of all OBRAS-Holland is largely a help-your-self place.
Josien Jongejan is your hostess and trouble-shooter. She lives 200m from the house: Veldheimweg 30, 6871 CD Renkum. Tel: 0031317-319226, mobile: 0031653373801. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Josien will introduce you to the residence, inform you on art activities in the region and tell you the details on the heating system, laundry machine, garbage, use of bicycles and so on. She will do this wearing a mask and we ask you to do the same. She will request a copy of your passport and two telephone numbers of relatives who we can call in case of emergency.
Josien will contact you around once per week, or more in case there is a reason for it. In her absence she will tell you who is her substitute.
In case you go to visit Josien, she will generally receive you in her garden.
If you have any symptom that may relate to Corona, Josien will tell you where you can have a test.
Jos Wilbrink is in the board of OBRAS and lives in the South West of Holland. He is directing several art organisations and is also available for information and advises concerning contacts with the Dutch artists’ community. Telephone and email: 0031 135439227, email@example.com. Feel free to contact him directly (or via Josien).
Up to now we were used to organize an artist talk combined with shared dinner. But we think it would be better to refrain from it for the time being or consider doing this in the garden.
Josien Jongejan can bring you in contact with local artists if you want, but this contact may be online.
At the last days of your residency Josien will share with you the results of your residency, inform you about cleaning and check details of your departure.
RULES of the HOUSE
HEATING THE HOUSE
The house has a central heating system with thermostats on most radiators. You can change the temperature with the wall thermostat in the living room and in addition with the valves on the radiators. Although the heating hours can be programmed, most easy is to turn the thermostat in the living room on at the period that you need (the heating up takes not more than 15 minutes and the cooling down after turn down one hour or more. As you pay yourself for the costs of heating it is good for you (and the environment) to heat the house only when you need it. In winter months you pay at arriving a deposit of 120 € for heating. You pay for what you use. And get back the deposit minus the costs for heating.
The house has a Wifi connection. At arrival we give you the password.
The House has no land-line available. We request you to use your cell phone (consider buying a mobile phone or a Dutch sim cart. Landlines are available in some public spaces.
Most professional art supplies you can buy in Arnhem at Gerstaecker / Peter van Ginkel The shop is in the Steenstraat 36A, Arnhem (0031 (0) 26 442 33 34). www.gerstaecker.nl.
For photographers the Kamera Express is a good shop. Kronenburgsingel 20, Arnhem; Tel.: 0031 (0) 85 – 888 80 13; www: firstname.lastname@example.org (webshop: kamera-express.nl).
If you want to be absolutely sure about quality and brand, better bring materials with you.
At the beginning of your residency we request you to give us two telephone numbers of relatives who we can call in case of emergency. We also need a copy of your passport.
Important phone numbers and emergency info will be given and explained to you at arrival. Residents must be aware that medical facilities are on 5 km (doctor) and on 10 km (General Hospital in Ede, including First Aid) from the residency. If you need medical assistance we will assist organising this. For a visit to a medical centre you have to bring your passport and insurance card. You can pay on the spot with credit card or cash.
If you have any symptom that may relate to Corona, Josien will tell you where you can have a test.
Rates for 2020
You will get an official invoice for all payments.
Bank details for transferring your deposit and other payments are:
Nieuweweg 31, 6871 CA Renkum, The Netherlands.
IBAN: NL23INGB0009353219. BIC (= Swift Code): INGBNL2A.
Address of the bank: ING N.V., Postbus 1800, 1000 BV Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
OBRAS also has PayPal.
Our website: www.obras-art.org has several photo galleries showing details of the residency and its surroundings. But do not hesitate to contact us for more information.
We look forward hosting you!
The daily board of OBRAS: Ludger van der Eerden, Carolien van der Laan
Your local host: Josien Jongejan