Frans Masereel Centre (1972) offers residencies and a working space 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 focus is on creation and experimentation in the workshop. Frans Masereel Centre anno 2016 is a graphical laboratory in which the possibilities of graphical applications are being researched, widened and reformulated. It is a platform for the public, the artist and his work.
Artists have the chance to reside during the whole year. Art school students are welcomed during February and March for a school residency. Twice every year, a committee selects some 70 national or international artists and critics who reside in the centre for four to eight weeks.
The centre is located in the rural 'Anwerpse Kempen’. The architect, Lou Jansen, designed the main studio as an open and round structure, where one can work peacefully. The work studio is open from 8 am to 8 pm. Ivan Durt and Tom Dries, our technical staff membres, give the necessary support and technical advice.
As a resident you have your own studio with kitchen, dining and living room and two bedrooms at your disposal. We also offer one bike for each house. You’re free to bring your assistant.
For more information about the workshops and your stay here, please also check out the Facilities page. You will also find the inventory list of the workshops.
In April 2017 we'll announce our new deadlines. Until then you cannot submit your application.
Through the years our collection grew to an important archive for graphic art, because since 1972 each artist gives, after his residency, one work of art to the Frans Masereel Centre. A collection of more than 20.000 pieces is archived in the main building.
Frans Masereel Centre organizes different graphic projects like exhibitions, open portfolio sessions, to print related presentations, guided tours etc. As such it wants to stimulate new graphic practices or facilitate other to print related media.
The curatorproject is a special project. Every two years, Z33 and Frans Masereel Centrum launch an open call to curators to create an exhibition that experiments with the strategies of the exhibition itself.In 2012 - 2013 'All the Knives (Any printed story on request)' took place in Z33.
Frans Masereel Centre wants to share the graphic expertise it has gathered through the years with the public. On our website, the PRINT LAB gives introduces you to the basics of intaglio, screen print, relief printing and lithography. For the more experienced artist there is interesting information on new graphic practices. If you should want to share your research, you are more than welcome to send us your handout or video to share on the platform.
Frans Masereel Centre regularly publishes own editions and publications.
In order to fully develop all its activities Frans Masereel Centre regularly collaborates with other residency centres, museums, art houses, workplaces, postgraduate programs, etc. Frans Masereel Centre has a partnership with Vzw Zsenne, Lokaal 01 Antwerpen, WARP, FLACC, Jan van Eyckacademie and Z33.