Art Center Botopasi

Name of Residency: ARTCEB

The residency is non-prescriptive allowing the artist to develop work in response to the environment. The selected artists will reside in Botopasi for a period between four weeks and three months. ARTCEB’s residency program offers visual artists a critical and practical support for the development of new work and exhibition opportunities.

We encourage each residency artist to give a lecture or art-class whilst there, which will be focused around their individual practice. These lectures or art-classes will bring a diverse range of people together and encourage the free flow of ideas.

ARTCEB wants to bring together and work together with artists, schools and local, national and international organisations in order to promote social and cultural development locally and to stimulate emancipation and cultural participation. It works to promote knowledge about contemporary culture from Botopasi and its surroundings and encourage international exchange and collaboration.

We are delighted to encourage artists from all over the world to come and work in Botopasi. The residency project offers the opportunity for artists to encounter this ancient and inspiring environment, to witness the essence of primeval forests and through their engagement help represent the cultural richness of its evolving legacy.

Residency Programme since: 2010
Description of Organisation:

ARTCEB is an Art Centre in Botopasi, a small village in the interior of Suriname, Carribean South America. ARTCEB hosts an international residency program to demonstrate its commitment to enhancing artistic production through cultural exchange. ARTCEB, the platform for progressive art exchange, is supported by the Sepu foundation and working closely together with artist run initiative ARTOTS The Netherlands.

ARTCEB, a non-profit organisation, is working to widen artistic production possibilities outside the traditional institutional framework.

It is available as a residency for artists and as a location for workshops, exhibitions and conferences. Through art ARTCEB wants people to see possibilities and open their minds for cultural and social developments and to preserve the local artistic heritage in the interior of Suriname.

Therefore we encourage local art education by developing cultural activities in cooperation with schools and artists.

Strategy and working method

  • Development and execution of educational art projects.
  • Collecting and presenting contemporary art.
  • Offer working-, housing- and exhibition facilities.
  • Initiate, maintain and extend collaborations

We do that by

  • Artists in residence
  • Exhibitions and events
  • Putting together an art collection and to lend out art
  • Educational programmes
  • Assignments
  • Seminars and lectures

ARTCEB moved into the first experimental phase in November – December 2011. Various types of creative activity and diverse creative practices, from exhibitions and performances to lectures, symposia and international art residencies were tested and implemented. The experimental character of this phase foresees both long-term projects and spontaneous activities. They were carried out both by the members of the local artist community, as well as artists and curators working outside Botopasi. There will be an on-going search for the ideal model for using the residency.

Organisation founded in: 2010
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • Dutch
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: between 5 and 10
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 5 and 10
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Office
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Woodworking tools
  • Technical assistance
  • Networking
  • Promotional services
  • Other
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • Application process: Open call
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: Yes
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): 45 euro per day
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Production costs
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Food
    • Other
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Exhibition
    • Public talk
    • Workshop
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Paramaribo, J.A. Pengel
    How to reach by plane: The village Botopasi has an airstrip with internal connections to the capital Paramaribo. A one way flight takes aprox. one hour.
    How to reach by car: Art Center Botopasi (ARTCEB )Located in Botopasi, district Sipaliwine, Suriname. From the capital Paramaribo this remote village can be reached by earoplane (aprox 1 hour) or by bus and boat). Travelling by bus and boat gives more adventure from the start. By bus you travel in aprox 3 hours from the capital to Atjony, the last stop in the interior of Suriname. From there a regular boat service takes you in aprox 3 hours to Botopasi.
    How to reach by boat: Art Center Botopasi (ARTCEB )Located in Botopasi, district Sipaliwine, Suriname. From the capital Paramaribo this remote village can be reached by earoplane (aprox 1 hour) or by bus and boat). Travelling by bus and boat gives more adventure from the start. By bus you travel in aprox 3 hours from the capital to Atjony, the last stop in the interior of Suriname. From there a regular boat service takes you in aprox 3 hours to Botopasi.
    City: Botopasi
    Botopasi SUR
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