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    Posted: 2 June 2020

    Residence at Trudo and Baltan Laboratories

    Deadline for applications: July 20, 2020

    Baltan Laboratories and Trudo jointly offer a 6-weeks residency period for creative interventions in social housing projects, focused on community building and participation. This residency will be dedicated to a specific neighborhood in Eindhoven, called Eikenburg, a former monastery that focused on care and education. How can these ideals be translated into social housing? How to stimulate a community to take ownership for their immediate environment and to take care for each other? The deadline for submitting your proposal is July 20, 2020.

    This is the second edition of the multi-year collaboration between Trudo and Baltan that stimulates crossovers, experimentations and new collaborations. The residency program acts as a driver for talent development for professional creatives, with a focus on social issues. This residency aims at artists, designers and creative entrepreneurs from the Netherlands, working on the intersections of social- and urban design, community art and architecture.

    This shared residency offers creatives the opportunity to develop a new project that focusses on the livability of an area, connecting inhabitants and/or motivating active participation. An important guiding principle for this residency is to focus on the needs of the community in order to take initiative and ownership of their immediate environment.


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    Context of Eikenburg
    In the neighborhood of Eikenburg the focus is on combining living with care and education: finding ways to keep the ideals of the monastery alive, implement them in a residential environment and fostering a community that cares for the estate and for each other.

    Eikenburg estate is located in the south of Eindhoven, in the city district Stratum. Before Trudo acquired it in 2013, the estate and monastery were in the hands of the Broeders of Liefde (Friars of Love). The friars were looking for a party to take over the management for the buildings and their surroundings, as well as to continue the social and cultural history. Trudo took this challenge on, developing an area with residential, educational and care purposes.

    Eikenburg houses a very active and engaged community. Residents are involved with the (care and educational) organizations on the estate, volunteering at the hospice or working in the floral garden. In the monastery garden Lunetzorg – supporting people with a mental disorder – and its clients are taking care of the gardens and the deer. The estate is also open for the public, to relax, sport or join the annual picknick.

    In this residency we ask creatives to focus on social cohesion and the community at Eikenburg: How can we establish new and stronger connections between residents and organizations? How do we encourage and facilitate a sense of community? Can we imagine innovative ways to combine housing, care and education? How do we respond to issues related to social inclusion?

    Social distancing
    The current global COVID19 crises requires a shift in the way we live and work. We encourage applicants to consider the impact of social distancing, lockdowns, public anxiety and societal crises on community building, participation and the livability of a neighborhood.
    With that in mind, we also welcome projects that explore digital/non-physical ways to improve the living conditions in an area.

    Disclaimer COVID19
    Due to travel restrictions in place, the residency period for autumn 2020 might be required to take place as a remote residence trajectory without, or with limited physical presence in the city of Eindhoven.

    Who should apply?
    We invite creative professionals working and living in the Netherlands and working in the field of social design, community art, urban development, urban design and architecture to apply. Applications must contain a concrete project proposal that focuses on the livability of Eikenburg. We request a thorough description of the plans, process and research that the applicant wants to execute during the residency period.

    Due to the diverse backgrounds of the residents of Eikenburg, it’s required for the applicant to be able to speak Dutch.

    The resident is requested to give several (online) presentations about the project and to complete the residency period with a (online) presentation/demonstration of the project during Dutch Design Week, 17 – 25 October. Depending on the nature of the project, this could be at Baltan Laboratories in the Natlab, former Philips Physics Laboratory in Eindhoven, a location at Eikenburg or another suitable location to be defined.

    Work period and financial support
    The work period starts September 1st until October 16th, 2020. A total sum of €10.000 (ex VAT) is available for the selected project. This includes travel, material, per diem, honorarium, presentation, (technical) support and transportation expenses for the project. The costs of the studio and accommodation will be covered during the full residency period. Baltan will take on the artistic supervision of the program and will be responsible for financial administration during the residency period.

    Send an application containing:

    --> Description of your proposed project including how the plan will be executed/presented, a planning, expected output and financial planning (PDF, max 3 pages)
    --> CV (PDF, max 2 pages)
    --> Relevant portfolio (PDF, max 3 pages)
    --> Link to website
    --> 1 min video in which you introduce yourself and your plan

    The proposals should be submitted via email no later than July 20th 17:00 CET, 2020 to

    The final selection will be made by Baltan Laboratories and Trudo. Notification for acceptance will be sent no later than August 11th, 2020. Any further agreements will be made after this notification between the selected resident and Baltan Laboratories.

    About Trudo
    Trudo is a social housing organization in Eindhoven that is slightly different. They made name for themselves with special projects, innovative products and pioneering initiatives. Their focus is not on real estate, but on the people they house. Trudo

    About Baltan Laboratories
    Baltan initiates experimentation on the crossroads of art, design, science and technology, evoking inquisitive idea and insights by bridging the gaps between disciplines. Baltan is located in the Natlab, former physics laboratory of Philips. The lab functions as a collaborative mindset and network, connecting curious individuals and organizations. Baltan laboratories

    Homo Socialis
    This residency program is part of Baltans research theme Homo Socialis; a topic which revolves around social cohesion, community and (in)equality. It focuses on the different roles of people in society and how these roles affect each other. With Homo Socialis we examine urgent social challenges and investigate how we can meet the needs of all stakeholders in an ecosystem.

    This project is kindly supported by Creative Industries Fund NL, Provincie Noord-Brabant and Stichting Cultuur Eindhoven.

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