The Van Abbemuseum and the GGzE (Mental Health Care Institute Eindhoven) invite national and international artists or artist groups working in the fields of socially engaged art, community art, participatory art, art & science, social design or other related fields to apply for the artist in residence programme Artistic Strategies in Psychiatry. During the two months residency on site at the GGzE, the artists are asked to develop and realize site specific projects of high artistic quality and innovative approaches that have a concrete, positive and lasting impact on reducing prejudices in society against mental health care and psychiatric illnesses, dealing with specific needs and problems of clients, ex-clients, their relatives or friends, improving the living conditions and environment of clients or ex-clients, improving the working conditions and environment at the GGzE, making a concrete, positive and lasting impact on the institution, its clients or staff.
The invited artists will be provided a studio to work on site at GGzE in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of the Mental Health Care Institution, its clients and staff. They should envisage a close cooperation with the GGzE and the Van Abbemuseum as well as with local or national institutions, organizations, communities and individuals which are concerned with issues according to the submitted projects.
Projects referring to classical kind of art therapy are exempt since the GGzE is already running successful art therapy programs.