Introduction, guidelines and rates
OBRAS is a Portuguese word and means “work in progress”.
The general aim of Foundation OBRAS is to provide all space, service, peace and hospitality necessary for effective working on art and science. The contact with the surrounding landscape and culture may provide additional inspiration. Artists and scientists with (emerging) professional standing are eligible for residence. Disciplines include visual arts, architecture, music composition, film/video, writing, dance, drama and science.
OBRAS has its principal seat in Portugal and an auxiliary establishment in Holland. At OBRAS-Holland one or two artists can live and work their largely on their own. You will find residents of recent years on this page.
Some possibilities exist for organising artist talks and other small scale events.
In the first days of your residency at OBRAS-Holland you will be informed by your local host about details of the house and surroundings and mutual expectations will be exchanged.
We fully respect your wish to be on your own. Only if you want we can bring you in contact with local artists, art lovers or neighbors. Occasionally you may be invited for a dinner with neighbors or to participate in a shared diner (where everybody brings something to eat and to drink).
We may propose that you give an ´artist talk´ in an informal atmosphere during your residency. For this we will invite, together with you, some four to six people who have affinity with your type of work.
You live in a stylish mansion, built in 1906, surrounded by a garden. You use the ground floor and part of the first floor. Available are a enclosed veranda / sitting room, 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 on the first floor.
The working studio is 5 x 9m and 3.60m high and can be divided into two halves. One half can be used as office. A desk, office chair and basic equipment are available. The other half can be used for art work. One wall is especially useful to fix large size works on.
The studio has two high windows, but dependent of personal wishes additional artificial light may be needed. Furniture can be adapted according to your wishes. The floor has a wall-to-wall wool 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 120 x 190 cm on trestles, two spotlights and some basic equipment are available.
The house has a Wifi connection. At arrival we will give you the password. The living room has cable TV and a CD player.
Kitchen equipment (oven, microwave, gas stove top, toaster and so on) is available for preparing your own meals. There is a dish washer. Food stores and restaurants are within 10 minutes walking. The tap water is of high quality and has a good taste.
Sheets, towels and blankets are available. You can use the laundry machine.
The house is surrounded by a garden with some terraces. At all times of the day and year there are some sunny and shady outdoor spots. If you like you can do some maintenance work in the garden.
Two bicycles of reasonable quality are available for free. We assume you to pay for repairs in case of a flat tire, loss of keys or wear and tear. The bicycles have appropriate locks. Always lock when you park them. We will request a contribution to the replacement costs if your bicycle is stolen.
We request you to use your cell phone (check in your country which provider you need in the Netherlands. Alternatively, consider buying a mobile phone or a Dutch sim card). At this moment the house has no landline available (contact us in advance in case this is essential to you). Public telephones are in the village.
You keep the house clean yourself. Some cleaning supplies are provided. At the end of your stay, we expect that you will clean the house thoroughly in anticipation of the next guest. We request you to leave the house at departure in the same condition as you found it at arrival. If you break something, replace it if possible, or inform Josien Jongejan.
The house is a non-smoking building and pets are not allowed.
Most professional art supplies you can buy in Arnhem: Van Ginkel/Gerstaecker in the Steenstraat 36A, Arnhem (tel: 0031 264423334). www.gerstaecker.nl . If you want to be absolutely sure about quality and brand, better bring materials with you.
For photographers the Kamera Express is a good shop. Kronenburgsingel 20, 6831 EX Arnhem; Tel.: 085 – 88 88 013; www: email@example.com (webshop: kamera-express.nl).
OBRAS-Holland is located in a village named Renkum. It has 7000 inhabitants. In its direct surroundings are large forested areas. Also the River Rhine with its extensive forelands is a beautiful landscape and is interesting because of its wildlife. Renkum is surrounded by nature (see this page for an impression), but is part of a rather densely populated area, with lots of urban facilities, a dense infrastructure and some industry. Renkum has direct connections by bus to Wageningen (35.000 inhabitants; a lively university town, 5 km), Ede (100.000 inhabitants, 12 km) and Arnhem (200.000 inhabitants, 18 km).
At the end of the street is a bus stop with lines going to Wageningen (10 mins), Ede (30 mins) and Arnhem (30 mins). From the Arnhem station express trains go to Amsterdam (1 hr), Rotterdam (1.5 hour), Den Haag (1.5 hour) Utrecht (30 mins), Nijmegen (15 mins) and Germany. Koln is 1,5 hours from Arnhem.
Within 10 minutes walking distance from the house you will find shops, supermarkets, restaurants, library and so on. Also within walking distance is a lovely forest (2 mins), the river Rhine with extensive forelands (10 mins), an impressive arboretum (20 minutes), heath land (30 minutes) and medieval castles (1 hour). For experienced cyclists an option is to visit the famous Kröller Müller museum in the heart of a national nature reserve De Hoge Veluwe (30 km).
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 host and trouble-shooter. She lives 200m from the house: Veldheimweg 30,6871 CD Renkum. Tel: 0031317-319226, mobile: 0031653373801. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
At the beginning Josien will introduce you to the cultural life, 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 and at the end to share with you the results of your residency. Also at the beginning of your residency 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. Jos Wilbrink is in the board of OBRAS and lives in the South West of Holland. He is directing several art organizations and is also available for information and advises concerning contacts with the Dutch artists’ community. Telephone and email: 003113-5439227, email@example.com. Feel free to contact him directly (or via Josien).
If Josien cannot meet you at the day of your arrival or departure a board member of OBRAS will be her substitute.
Important phone numbers and emergency info will be given and explained to you at arrival. Residents must be aware that medical facilities are on a distance of 5 km (doctor) and 10 km (General Hospital in Ede, including First Aid) form the residency. If you need medical assistance we will assist in organizing this. For a visit to a medical center you have to bring your passport and insurance card. You can pay with a credit card or cash.
Residents must have international medical insurance and a third party insurance. OBRAS does not accept legal responsibility for residents.
(**) dependent of your lifestyle and the season the total costs per week for water, gas and electricity proves to be around 25 – 40 € in April - October and 40 – 50 € in November – April. Halfway through your stay you will get an interim bill for the utilities.
Cleaning the house at departure you do yourself (or let us do this for 42,50 €).
The rent must be paid in the first days of arrival.
OBRAS accepts direct payment and bank transfers, but no checks.
You will get an official invoice for all payments.
Your application will be reviewed within three weeks. Couples should apply individually.
Your booking is completed after transfer the deposit: 120 €. Your deposit will be subtracted from your bill at the end of your stay. Instead of a deposit you can also send us (minimum 4 months in advance) a copy of your flight ticket.
If your cancellation is longer than 4 months in advance we return your deposit.
We look forward meeting you,
Daily board of OBRAS: Ludger van der Eerden and Carolien van der Laan,
Your local host: Josien Jongejan
Foundation OBRAS is registered in The Netherlands:
6871 CA Renkum, The Netherlands
OBRAS works with bank transfer (see below and Paypal.
The bank of Stichting OBRAS is:
The address of the bank is:
6800 WC, Arnhem, The Netherlands (reply number: 1580).
The bank account is:
BIC (= Swift Code): INGBNL2A