TA…DAA open studios at Kaus Australis June 25/26th



Lukas Schneeweiss (DE)
Margré Steensma (NL)
Carlos Ramos (CHL)

Tim Hailand (US)

Four guest artists welcome you to
their Open Studios at Kaus Australis

with food, liquids, sound and space

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Start 16:00

BBQ 18:00

Sunday, June 26 

Open 14:00 – 18:00

Stichting Kaus Australis
Melanchtonweg 137

3045 PN Rotterdam

Information about the artists:

born where? Vilsbiburg, Germany, 1979
studied where? Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe
doing what? Combining just a little bit of everything with a lot of nothing
interested in what? Simplicity, qualities and imagination
working on what? Ongoing and upcoming exhibitions
staying how long at Kaus Australis? 6 months, April – September
going where after? Karlsruhe, Germany

thanks to: Stipendium from Atelier Mondial (Basel/Switzerland)

born where? Sint Annaparochie, 1989
studied where? KASK Ghent, Belgium
doing what? Sculptures and installation
interested in what? Domesticity and sculpting
working on what? Studio space
staying how long at Kaus Australis? 6 months, January – June
going where after? Staying in Rotterdam!

thanks to: Stipendium for young talent from the Mondriaan Fund

born where? Santiago, Chile
studied where? Universidad Finis Terrae
doing what? Mural Painting, Scale models
interested in what? Architecture and design
working on what? Architectural designs
staying how long at Kaus Australis? Almost 3 months

going where after? Live in Berlin

born where? Buffalo, New York, 1965
studied where? Parsons New York
doing what? Used to paint
interested in what? Portraiture and identity
working on what? Ongoing portrait work
staying how long at Kaus Australis? 7 weeks in total
going where after? Staying in Europe through the summer,
then back to states – New York and Los Angeles
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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Kaus Australis Artist-in-Residence 2017

Kaus Australis is inviting artist and curators from all fields, regardless of age or nationality to apply for an artist in residence period in the first half of 2017.

Deadline for applications: July 31st, 2016 
Results will be announced in September 2016.

Stichting Kaus Australis, an artist initiative founded in 1985, provides 6 permanent studios and 4 residency studios. Kaus Australis offers artists, critics, writers and curators the possibility to work and live in an idyllic environment in the constantly developing and always changing city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Throughout the period of 3 or 6 months the participant is free to develop his/her own project.

Send your application to studio@kausaustralis.org until July 31st 2016.
Send the filled in and signed ApplicationForm2017 together with your CV and portfolio containing (max. 20 images) of recent works or projects and a brief artist’s statement and/or motivation (max 500 words) in one PDF file!

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A I R J a p a n i n f o r m a t i o n evening @ K A U S

japan Artist In Residence in Japan 
 Information Evening @  Kaus Australis 
 Tuesday May 10, 2016 
 7.30 PM (doors open from 6:30 PM) 

We would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone who is interested in AIR opportunities in Japan. Are you ready and open for a new experience, or purely fascinated by Japanese culture ? Come and join us for an informal evening with information not only about AIR possibilities but also on life in Japan, its nature and of course how to survive earthquakes.
Mami Odai, director of Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio, talks about  Artist In Residence in Japan. She will share her knowledge of both subsidised residency programs such as ARCUS or S-AIR, as well as independent and un-subsidised programs such as Tenjinyama Art Studio or 3331 Arts Chiyoda.

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Walk and talk with Maia Gusberti and Wim van den Toorn

Join us for 

an event providing insight into the working processes of our current guest artists
Maia Gusberti and Wim van den Toorn.
Held in our hospitable, and unique location at Kaus Australis 
Sunday March 20, 2016
Fresh drinks and warm food will be served.
 Maia Gusberti, Fragments of a City Without a Map, 2011/2012, Video HD, 8.30 min. with sound and subtitles.
Maia Gusberti

 Imaginary Spaces – Urban Cartographies – Memory – Translation

Maia Gusberti‘s work focus on the relation between image and imagination. She questions the image as a projection surface, as a trigger or repository of collective and individual imaginative space. Urban space serves repeatedly as a source of Gusberti’s investigations: to observe her subjective perceptions, to dig into the collective unconscious.
 She predominantly works with video, photography and black and white laser copy. She transforms and translates an image from one medium into another, leading to multiple conditions of the image within this process. On the basis of fragmentation, recomposition and restructuring of collected imagery Gusberti intertwines the personal with a more common narrative and history to evoke connotations that open a space for reinterpretation and possible remodelling. The photographic image becomes a contemplative space of reflection and critical thinking, beyond the boundaries of the still frame and its framing.

Wim van den Toorn 

‘To know where you’re going, you have to know where you come from’

Wim van den Toorn (1969) is trained as a painter at the Academy of Fine Art (AKI) in Enschede. In 2008 he moved from Amsterdam to Western-Norway. He has his studio at the international Artist-in-Residence Kunstnarhuset Messen in the beautiful Hardanger region. For the most part his work consists of paintings, oil and acrylic. After earlier inspiration by the architecture and cool atmosphere of the Scandinavian landscape, his inspiration recently returned to the congestion of the urbanized world. Now he is back for 3 months in his ancestral Rotterdam. His project here pivots around his quest to find his artistic and individual roots and what it means to live cut off from them.
below: Wim van den Toorn, De Hef (gold), Silkscreen print, 2015


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Mondriaan Fonds biedt atelier aan in Kaus Australis: deadline 26 feb.

Het Mondriaan Fonds ondersteunt als onderdeel van de regeling tijdelijke binnenland- ateliers,  twee werkperiodes aan van drie maanden voor een beeldend kunstenaar of bemiddelaar, van 1 juli t/m 30 september en van 1 oktober t/m 31 december 2016, in een grote studio in Kaus Australis. aanmelden kan tot 26 februari!
Ga voor meer info en aanmelden naar de site van het Mondriaan Fonds: http://www.mondriaanfonds.nl/aanvraag/kaus-australis-rotterdam/

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Artist Residency in Basel, July-December 2016
Deadline for application: Saturday, February 27th, 2016

Since 2002 Kaus Australis Foundation organises in cooperation with the Centre for Visual Arts Rotterdam and the Atelier Mondial in Basel a residency program for visual artists. For over the last years, Rotterdam-based artists, Hidde van Schie, Sandro Setola, Ana Fernandez, Esme Valk, Lieke Snellen, Q.S. Serafijn, Babette Kleijn and this year Gil & Moti stayed in one of the guest-studios of Atelier Mondial in the city of Basel.

In November 2014, the former CMS/Iaab has transformed completely into Atelier Mondial, with 7 new build guest-studios surrounding Salon Mondial, the new project space, at a new location where art-institutes, academy, several galleries and artistic workshops are positioned together in a triangle called Dreispitz-areal, a former industrial zone nearby the city-center of Basel. Please check the new web-site to require all detail information about the program of Atelier Mondial; info and pictures of the studios are available in the menu under Ateliers, in English, German and French language: www.ateliermondial.com

The exchange program with Atelier Mondial enables a Rotterdam artist to spend six months in Basel, he or she can focus on new projects, get acquainted with the local art scene, and establish new contacts or deepen existing ones. The residency is non-prescriptive and process-based, allowing the visiting artist to develop projects in response to his or her new environment. During the stay an exhibition is offered in the new project space, together with other participating international guest-artists of the program. Atelier Mondial exchanges artists with about 13 different countries world-wide. A broad network of steady contacts which has developed over the last 12 years between Rotterdam and Basel, in conjunction with the welcoming guidance of the hosting organisation enables the guests to easily become familiar with the lively local and national art-scene; often leading to interesting co-operations and presentations. Basel’s central position in Europe gives the opportunity to easily visit nearby places abroad, the borders of France and Germany with Switzerland cross the city itself. Once a year Basel hosts the biggest art-fair in the world, turning the beautiful historical city at the Rhine into an international cultural platform. Throughout the year an ongoing program of cultural activities is offered within the rich collection of Museums, galleries, artists-initiatives, local and international festivals.

Please see the Basel inschrijving 2016 about how to apply, the conditions and offered facilities of this residency

Citaat Hidde van Schie, resident in 2009:
“Mijn ervaring met Basel is dat er een hechte dynamische kunstscene is van zeer internationaal georiënteerde kunstenaars die ook de kracht en noodzaak van een kwalitatieve lokale kunstactiviteit begrijpen en ondersteunen. Hoewel kunstenaars tegenwoordig veel reizen en hun werk internationaal tonen hebben zij toch een vaste thuisbasis nodig, waar zij hun werk kunnen produceren. Het interessante aan Basel is dat, hoewel het geen metropool is als Berlijn of New York, dit niets zegt over de kwaliteit van het aanbod, hoogstens iets over de kwantiteit en dat beide in Basel verassend hoog zijn.”

Quote Ana Fernandez, resident in 2010:
“Basel brought me real quality time, both culturally and socially speaking, and new contacts for further collaborations”

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Invitation True Memory Symposium at Kaus Australis

truememoryinviteKaus Australis  cordially invites you to:


December 16, 2015
6 pm Open Studios
7 – 8.15 pm Symposium

Location: Kaus Australis, Melanchtonweg 137, 3045 PN Rotterdam

Three artists in residence in conversation with two special guests from Rotterdam will discuss the history of the city, its harbour and civic memory. Topics include the changing public image of the port, the responsibility of the artist to the public and the relationship between cultural values and official historical representation.


Marly Weemen (NL) is a city guide. But she prefers the term ‘time travel guide’. She combines her expertise as designer with her knowledge of Rotterdams modern history. In her tours she shows you details you otherwise wouldn’t notice, opens up unexpected locations, tells forgotten stories and shares her personal experience as a resident. Marly organises her own tours with Timeless Rotterdam. She also works as an architectural guide at UrbanGuides and as an exhibition guide at the Kunsthal.
Eva Visser (NL) holds an MA in social history and graduated on the topic of harbour labour relations. She works as researcher and teacher at Creating 010, a research centre that studies new developments in the ‘creative industries’ and is tied to the Willem de Kooning Academy and the School for Communication, Media and Information Technology. She’s a contributor for Puntkomma – the free newspaper on art and culture in Rotterdam – since its came into being in 2013.
Mimi von Moos (CH) living and working in Basel. She works with multiple disciplines including sculpture, video, photography, drawing, writing and performance. Her practice circles around the subject matter of memory and the ways in which the world is understood, individually as well as collectively. Von Moos is concerned with the tangibility of the everyday world,  of which she intervenes with site specific installations and/or performances. Since completing her Fine Arts Master degree in 2012 in Basel, she has exhibited frequently in Germany, Switzerland and the USA. For the True Memory Symposium she will present works that have been formed by the engagement around the Rotterdam Euro Port.
Lauren Frances Adams (US) mines the histories of power, labor, and material culture to make surprising connections that resonate with current sociopolitical issues. Solo exhibitions include Back Lane West, Cornwall, UK; Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; EXPO Chicago; and Conner Contemporary, Washington, D.C. Group exhibitions include: The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Contemporary Applied Arts, London; CUE Foundation, NY; Mattress Factory and the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh.  Residencies include Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant. Adams is the co-founder of Ortega y Gasset Projects in New York.  For the symposium, Lauren will share artworks related to labor and empire in cultural memory and civic monument.
Natalie McIlroy (SCOT) is a visual artist currently based in The Hague.  Primarily working out with the studio environment, she is inspired by people, communities, social history and ‘non art’ spaces. Working as an artist in residence in Spain, USA, Scotland and the Netherlands, McIlroy combines intuitive responses with historical ‘truths’. For the True Memory Symposium, she will discuss recent work created in response to the Wilgenstaete building; a high rise, social housing complex that is situated directly across the railway line from Kaus Australis. Built during the post war housing shortage that was deemed ‘public enemy number 1’, Wilgenstaete’s memories will be revealed throughout the evening.

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Deadline for applications AIR 2016

Deadline for Applications AIR 2016

Kaus Australis invites artists and curators from all fields, regardless of age or nationality, to apply for a residency period in the second half of 2016 (1st of July – 31st of December).

Deadline for applications: 31st January 2016

Results will be announced by the end of February 2016

Kaus Australis Foundation is an artists initiative which was set up in 1985. The Building where Kaus Australis is located provides 6 permanent studios and 4 residency studios. Kaus Australis offers artists, critics, writers and curators the opportunity of living and working in an quiet environment in the continuously developing and ever changing city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Throughout a period of 3 or 6 months, participants have the opportunity to develop their own projects and presentations.

For more information on the application procedure and available guest studios please go to the How to Apply and Guest Studios pages on our website

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Passengers and Kaus Band event


Kaus Australis is happy to present the exhibition PASSENGERS spotlighting the work of our current Guest Artists, accompanied by the first ever KAUS BAND EVENT featuring four sparkling Dutch Bands. Join us for this special evening of musical and visual delight held in our hospitable, and unique location at Kaus Australis on Saturday September 26, 2015. Fresh drinks and warm food will be served.


Rebecca Farr, Carloin Kastner, Ruth Murray, Flo Perkins and Jens Stickel.

Opening reception from 17hrs.
The exhibition is open on Sunday September 27,  2015 from 12hrs  to 18hrs


Magical Preset, X-Enia, Medium and PiRoMedia.

Starts at 19:00.
!Limited Access!
Please make a reservation by sending an email to kausbandevent@gmail.com


Rebecca Farr
Los Angeles-based artist working in oil painting and mixed media on canvas, paper and wood. Her work has been focused for some time around questions of migration, with her most recent series exploring the historical legacies of Westward Expansion and Manifest Destiny in America, and the activation of those legacies in our contemporary historical moment. 
Carolin Kastner
Berlin based artist focusing on lost identities in urban and social structures. Through appropriations and transformations she analyses the vanishing process and rebuilds a new space of image and word by layering fragments out of her environment.
Ruth Murray
‘The pretzel can symbolise the crossing of limbs in prayer. My work at Kaus has been using this motif to create a pretzel totem, while still delighting in its triviality. Here I’ve also given the pretzel-icon an earthy contrast with paintings of squelchy, muddied limbs in play and the suggestion of ancient votive offerings.’
Flo Perkins
‘Kaus Australis is the gift from the universe that was required to set my sails in a new direction. The experiment is on!’ 
Jens Stickel
A painter and photographer, Jens avoids the sublimity of greatness. Rather the ‘mistake’ and ‘failing’ are the impetus for his images.


A four-man band from Rotterdam. Originated from the folk pop band Mondegreen, they decided to change their style and become more magical. Using casio-keyboard rhythms as a starting point, they produce an undefined mixture of electro and pop.
Solo project of Xenia Gottenkieny. She is active as an artist, photographer and musician. Collage is a red line in her work. Characterised by her emotional, powerful vocals, supported by vintage synth bleeps and other strange sounds that wind through the driving bass-drum grooves. 
Heterozygous band in which both alleles are reflected.
Rotterdam-duo consisting of guitar (Ron Sinoo) and bass (Pien Selleger) performing in combination with samples and beats. The music is best described as indie-pop. Their motto: “Find new skills, clear away the distance, innovate plug-ins, ignore the madness and try new things”
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OPEN CALL: Kaus Band Event


Saturday 26th September we are organizing for the first time the KAUS BAND EVENT.

4 Bands are invited to play at the artist initiatief Kaus Australis. By organizing this evening we would like to bring unknown bands in contact with an audience and each other. An informal event with beers and french fries.

Are you playing in a band and would you like to perform during the KAUS BAND EVENT ?

Send us your recording and clearly stated contact details  before saturday 15th August.

The recording doesn’t need to be studio quality, a live recording or a rehearsal recording will do fine. We will make a nice selection.

For more information, call or e-mail us.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Lieke Snellen: 06 48 69 21 60
Michiel Mos: 06 41 85 71 49

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