Name of Residency: DAR MESO

Our core purpose is to promote artists
whether professional or fledgling by
offering them a change of scenery
boosting inspiration, spaces for
production and cultural merging
The artist will be autonomusin his
creation, Dar MESO will provide tenants
with an environment that offers
tranquility, change and contemplation to

foster innovation

DAR MESO offers an array of work spaces
(shared and isolated) to enable creation,
exhibition spaces, rehearsal spaces and a
return to nature within a rustic and
talkative surroundingsin the very heart of

the city.

Among our objectives is to connect the
artists to handy crafts men and women to
enhance cultural exchange and promote
local craftsmanship
This project is developped in
collaboration with the belgian association
«Indignatus Production ASBL» which
works on the promotion of the artists in
Belgium and Europe in the entire world

Residency Programme since: 2019
Description of Organisation:

Dar Meso is an artist residency developed and managed by the belgian association Indignatus Production. The residency is based in a picturesque corner of nature In the heart of the medina of Tunis, a calm and exotic place that will foster innovation and cultural exchange.


The residency is located in Bab Souika, a popular and lively district of the Medina of Tunis. The house, built in the 1900s, was for a long time occupied by various religious associations who lived there independently thanks to its garden and its fruit trees. Dar Meso offers artists a private workspace, co-working spaces equipped with the necessary tools for their creation, housing and catering.

The residence comprises  :

• 2 kitchens : one in the ground floor with direct access to the garden and one in the first level, closer and easier to access to residents.
• 2 bathrooms and 1 water closet
• 6 rooms with different atmospheres and decorations : Berber style, vegetal decoration, Tunisian style and also 30’s …
• A chapel revamped into a workshop, might be transformed in rehearsal studio, Gallery…
• An office/workshop in the first level
• Three shared spaces : oriental living room in the first level, Tunisian living room in the gound level and a reading space

•Dar Meso offers as well many work spaces or outdoor exhibition possibilities such as the large garden, terrace and flat roof overlooking the entire medina.
The artist comes to work on a specific artistic project and is autonomous. He comes to Dar Meso to find peace, tranquility and a change in scenery to boost his work and foster his innovation.
We also offer to artists the possibility to get in touch with the artisans and craftsmiths of the neighborhood (blacksmiths, cabinetmakers, seamstress …) to promote local crafts and open up new horizons in the artists’ work and creation

Organisation founded in: 2019
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Private company
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • Arabic
  • English
  • French
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 1
  • Weeks: 2
  • Weeks: 3
  • Months: 1
  • Months: 2
  • Months: 3
Number of studios: 1
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 5 and 10
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Animations
  • Film-making
  • Architecture
  • Education Programmes
  • Photography
  • Other
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Shared accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Space for partners, families, pets
  • Internet
  • Meals
  • Cleaning
  • Bicycle
  • Computer
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Welding tools
  • Woodworking tools
  • Technical assistance
  • Networking
  • Other
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : with local workshops and handycraftsman, other residencies and schools
    Application process: Open call
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): from 200 to 275 Euro/week
    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
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Housing
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Exhibition
    • Gardening
    Selection process: By staff
    Setting: Both
    Nearest Airport: tunis carthage airport
    Nearest Train Station: Habib Thameur
    How to reach by plane: you fly to Tunis airport
    How to reach by car: type DAR MESO on google maps
    How to reach by boat: take the boat to Lagoulette/Rades Port
    Street & Number: 19 Rue BOUSANDEL, Bab Souika
    Postal Code: 1006
    City: Tunis
    Country long: Tunisia
    19 Rue BOUSANDEL, Bab Souika
    Tunis 1006 TUN
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