Are you an artist looking for a place to develop your research or produce a new work in an environment that supports experimentation? A working period at Jester might be what you are looking for. In 2023 Jester opens its facilities to several artists selected on the basis of an open call. As one of them, you will enjoy access to Jester’s facilities and resources, and you will receive the team’s support in developing your project.
Jester is currently operating between two locations: an exhibition space in the Energy Building on the C-mine site, and the workplaces based at the Casino Modern in Genk. At the end of 2023, Jester will move to the new facilities located on the C-mine site.
During your working period you can make use of our multidisciplinary workshops (wood, ceramics, metal, word workshop, digital studio). More information about the workshops and their equipment can be found here.
The apartment is located in the vicinity of the workshops and can host up to 3 artists simultaneously. You will be staying in a separate room but sharing the kitchen, living room and bathroom with 2 others.
Upon your arrival you will receive a short technical introduction to the workplaces after which you can work independently. Some prior knowledge of the techniques used is therefore useful. In addition, there is a pool of freelancers that artists can call upon (for an additional fee).Our artistic and production team is also there to help you develop your project during studio visits, by sharing their expertise and network. During your stay at Jester, you will have an opportunity to meet other residents and/or artists currently involved in Jester’s programme.
The team of Jester will make sure you have a warm welcome to Genk and can help you reach other people – local actors, experts, and curators – that could support your research. We provide a volunteer as a buddy that will show you around the town.
As an open-call resident, your name will be featured on Jester’s website and announced in a newsletter.
The residency must take place in 2023 and last between 2 and 12 weeks. Your stay can be divided across different months.
To apply, send us your portfolio, motivation letter (max 500 words), and a short proposal (max 1000 words), in which you outline the subject of your research, and the steps you want to undertake while in Genk. If it is feasible/relevant to your project, you can list your production needs. Do not forget to include your preferred residency time frame. The eventual duration will be agreed upon based on the selected artist’s availability and Jester’s programme.
Send your application in one PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org
(subject: Name, Surname, Open Call Jester 2023).
If your portfolio involves video, please provide Vimeo/ Youtube links.
The first open call was announced in December, 2022. The following open calls will be published in March, July, and November 2023 (subscribe to our newsletter on the website to stay up to date about the upcoming deadlines).
The results of the open call will be announced at the latest 2 weeks after the deadline.
The selection is made by the Jester team.
All applicants will be personally notified, but due to the number of applications, we are unable to provide individual feedback.
The cost of a weekly stay at Jester is 100 euros (incl. VAT).
This includes accommodation, the use of all workshops, a technical introduction, and studio visits.
Additional fees are charged for the use of materials and to cover the consumption costs for ovens, welding machines, printers, etc. The rates for the open call artists are lower than those for external clients.
Your residency at Jester can be self-financed or supported by an external funding body (Jester does not provide financial support for the open call projects).
We encourage the applicants to apply for additional funding. For successful applicants, Jester can offer advice on relevant funds and a support letter.If you’re an artist based in Flanders, you may be eligible for additional residency or project funding via the Flemish Community. When planning your residency, it is good to keep the following deadlines in mind: