Frans Masereel Centrum

Frans Masereel Centrum offers 4 types of residencies:


(6 weeks)

Professional artists and graphic designers get the opportunity to work on a personal project within their artistic practice. Experience with the graphic medium is not required.


(4-6 weeks)

Artists, critics and theorists write an essay about the graphic medium while residing in the Frans Masereel Centrum. They can use the library and workshop.


(6 weeks)

Researchers, artists and graphic designers work on their research of a technical aspect of the graphic medium. The variety of print techniques available at the centre makes it possible to do exhaustive and experimental research. A profound knowledge of the medium is required.


(1-2 weeks)

Graduate art schools can apply to work on a print-related project.


Residency at Frans Masereel Centrum includes use of the professional print workshop, technical advice and the use of workshop materials. For some digital prints, papers and specific inks, you will be charged with a small fee.

We also offer accommodation in a personal little house (with equipped kitchen, personal bathroom, etc) during your residency. There&rsquos room for up to four people, so you are free to bring a partner, assistant, friend or family member. There is also a bike at your disposal.


Application deadline for the general, research and essay residency is October 1st.

Applicants are asked to fill out the online application form and upload the necessary documents and portfolio.

Please check our website for application guidelines and details.

Residency Programme since: 1972
Description of Organisation:

FRANS MASEREEL CENTRUM &ndash Kasterlee, Belgium

Frans Masereel Centrum is a Flemish centre for Graphic Art founded in 1972.

It offers residencies and a work place to graphic designers, artists and critics who want to work with intaglio, relief printing, screen print or lithography, or who want to investigate the relationship of graphics with other visual arts. The centre focuses mainly on creation rather than on reproduction. It is a platform for the public, the artist and his work. Frans Masereel Centrum also organizes different graphic projects like exhibitions, open portfolio sessions, print related presentations, etc. It wants to stimulate new graphic practices in contemporary arts.

Organisation founded in: 1972
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Part of a Governmental Institution
Working Languages:
  • English
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: N/A
Number of artists in residence at one time: N/A
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Ceramics
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Printmaking facilities
  • Computer
  • Library
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Application process: Digital application
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): For the general and research residency, we charge a flat fee of 350 Euro (about 405 USD) per week per artist. For the essay residency the cost is 175 Euro (about 203 USD). For the school residency we charge 900 Euro (about 1040 USD) per week for maximum 8 students and 2 teachers or 500 Euro (about 570 USD) for maximum 4 students and 2 teachers. Of course, the real costs for the organization are much higher – so every residency at our centre is in fact subsidized.
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Production costs
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Brussels International Airport (Zaventem)
    Nearest Train Station: Geel or Turnhout
    How to reach by plane: Take a plane to Brussels International Airport (Zaventem), then follow the train directions.
    How to reach by train: Kasterlee is most easily reached by public transport from Antwerp and Brussels.Take the train to Turnhout or Geel. From these stations, take bus connection 490-492 to Kasterlee. Get off at the Houtum stop.The bus stop is within walking distance of Frans Masereel Centrum: at the traffic lights, take a right on Zaardenstraat to the first street on your right, Masereeldijk. Frans Masereel Centrum is 200 meters to your right.
    How to reach by car: E34 Antwerpen – Eindhoven: Exit 24 Turnhout CentrumN19 Turnhout – Geel: follow in the direction of Kasterlee and GeelDrive through the centre of Kasterlee in the direction of Geel and follow the signs &lsquoFrans Masereel Centrum&rsquo
    Street & Number: Masereeldijk 5
    Postal Code: 2460
    City: Kasterlee
    Masereeldijk 5
    Kasterlee 2460 BEL
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