Lois Cid – New Land

[EN] From the 26th of April XPO shows the exhibition ‘New Land’ by Lois Cid.

Opening: 26/04/2018
Period: 26/04 – 06/05/2018
Open: Fri./Sat./Sun. 12:00-17:00
Location: Stroinksbleekweg 2, 7523 ZL, Enschede

In this solo exhibition, Lois Cid shows us the base of a new territory built by himself. Living in a new context during his exchange scholarship in the Netherlands, he wonders about the importance of territory as something that defines a place. Lois works with the perception of reality, bringing us closer to a land with a universal identity, highlighted by an uncanny aesthetic.

For more information: Facebook event.

Willemijn Calis – China Dreams

Opening: 05/04/2018 at 17:00
Period: 05/04 – 15/04/2018
Open: Fri./Sat./Sun. 12:00-17:00
Location: Stroinksbleekweg 2, 7523 ZL, Enschede

Willemijn about her work:
‘The night has always fascinated me, at night the world presents itself to us in a different way. Covered by a blanket of darkness there seems to emerge more space for things, our mind seems to get the chance to open itself more. And out of a seemingly endless reservoir, things that can’t stand the daylight such as fears, memories and obsessions float towards the surface.
I invite you all to wander around in my Chinese dreams, and maybe even see something of yourself reflected in them.

What you will see here is the result of the working period in The Dalian Zhongshan Art Museum in Dalian, China.’

The artist exchange program is a result of the warm cooperation between the city of Enschede, Dalian Zhongshan Art museum (China) and ARE (Artist Residencies Enschede).




Christian Nicolay – NoWhere NowHere

From the 15th of March XPO shows the exhibition ‘NoWhere NowHere’ by ARE (Artist Residencies Enschede) guest Christian Nicolay.

Opening: 15/03/2018 at 17:00
Period: 15/03 – 25/03/2018
Open: Fri./Sat./Sun. 12:00-17:00
Location:  XPO – Stroinksbleekweg 2, 7523 ZL, Enschede

1. relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process.
2. occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold.
3. liminal symbols of passage and transformation; doors, ladders, crossings, bridges, pallets.

NoWhere NowHere explores current issues of globalization and climate change through the lens of the liminal – a place betwixt and between. Materials, images and objects reflect the concepts of liminality to visually demonstrate transition and transformation – the visible and the invisible. In the exhibition the notion of ‘space’ and ‘place’ occurs in conjunction with ideas of the ‘temporary’ and ‘permanent’ creating a play between the seen and unseen – the NoWhere and the NowHere.


Marlies van Grootel – Nature of Society

Differences between societies dissolve in the remnants of waste.

Opening: 22/02/2018 at 17:00
Period: 22/02 – 04/03/2018
Open: Fri./Sat./Sun. 12:00-17:00

October 2016 Marlies van Grootel has been an artist in residence in Dalian (China). During her stay the nature of societies and the awareness of plastic waste became a focus in her artwork. In her solo exhibition Marlies shows an installation with both plastic waste from her stay in China and from the Netherlands afterwards. Where the differences in societies dissolve in remnants of plastic waste.

The artist exchange program is a result of the warm cooperation between the city of Enschede, Dalian Zhongshan Art museum (China) and ARE (Artist Residencies Enschede).


Miriam Hamann – A hill is smaller than a mountain

New opportunity to see the exhibition of ARE guest Miriam Hamann. The exhibition ‘A hill is smaller than a mountain‘ was canceled in December last year, but we are happy to announce that the exhibition is yet to be seen at XPO from 25/01 to 04/02/2018.

Opening: 25/01/2018 at 17:00
Period: 25/01 – 04/02/2018
Open: Fri/ Sat/ Sun 12:00 – 17:00
Location: XPO – Stroinksbleekweg 2, 7523 ZL, Enschede

A hill is smaller than a mountain

In her solo exhibition ‘A hill is smaller than a mountain‘ Miriam Hamann shows two new works which were realized during her stay at ARE. Both works are based on a research about the specific geographical and topographical character of different countries, especially concerning elevation. Having spent half of her childhood in Tyrol the artist grew up in mostly mountainous parts and rocky surroundings. In contrast, most of the Netherlands is extremely flat or even below sea level. The installation 2500 meters above sea level directly refers to this difference. By rebuilding the abstract form of a fence Miriam Hamann displaces alpine signs and forms to Enschede. In its appearance, the barrier refers to mountain slopes and hillsides, whereas it becomes a very abstract, differently slanted form in the space and the flat dutch surroundings.

Also the work series Color field map deals with elevation and the differences of topographical characterization. Digital printed monochrome color fields represent a new mapping system based on the area and the average height of different countries.

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Bart van Deelen & Tom van Veen – Without Regrets

Opening: 11/01/2018 at 17:00
Period: 11/01 – 21/01/2018
Open: Fri/ Sat/ Sun 12:00 – 17:00

Regret is an expression of the moral sense. What if there is no regret? And what happens when the voyeur is sneaking around the corner?

Tom van Veen and Bart van Deelen will exhibit their work at XPO in January 2018. The beginning of a new year, but for Bart and Tom also a conclusion before they go to Greece for a residency period. Conscious of perception of time and society Bart and Tom show their art-works in the exhibition ‘Without regrets’, with this exhibition they show their current perspective to society and objects and at the same time they are asking the question how things will change in another society, surroundings and culture.

more information about the exhibition and the art-works:


Opening: 11/01/2018 at 17:00
Periode: 11/01 – 21/01/2018
Open: Vr/ za/ zo 12:00 – 17:00

Spijt betuigt van moreel besef. Wat als hier geen spijt betuigd wordt? En wat als de voyeur om de hoek meekijkt?

Tom van Veen en Bart van Deelen exposeren in januari 2018 hun werk bij XPO. Het begin van een nieuw jaar, maar voor Bart en Tom ook een afronding voordat ze naar Griekenland gaan voor een residency. Bewust van perceptie van tijd en de maatschappij tonen Bart en Tom hun kunstwerken in de tentoonstelling ‘Without regrets’, met deze tentoonstelling tonen ze hun huidige perspectief op de maatschappij en objecten en stellen ze tegelijkertijd de vraag hoe de dingen zullen veranderen in een andere maatschappij, omgeving en cultuur.

meer informatie over de tentoonstelling en het werk:

Bärbel Praun – The Plastic Laboratory

[EN] From the 14th of December XPO shows the exhibition ‘The Plastic Laboratory’ by ARE (Artist Residencies Enschede) guest Bärbel Praun.

Opening: 14/12/2017 at 17:00
Period: 14/12 – 17/12/2017
Open: Fri/ Sat/ Sun 12:00 – 17:00

At Sunday 17/12/2017 Bärbel Praun will be in the space to talk about her exhibition in a little tour. There will be two starting moments to join in at the tours, at 13:00 and at 15:00.

The Plastic Laboratory

Obsessed with plastic, waste and consumerism, Bärbel Praun presents in ‘The Plastic Laboratory’ various ‘exercises’ and ‘field researches’ of hers dealing with these topics. How do we respond to overwhelming facts of climate change and global warming? How would one be able to really understand these numbers we daily read in the newspapers, how to react? Is
there any solution to all of this?

The English philosopher Timothy Morton whose work explores the intersection of ecological studies gives this issue a name: hyperobjects. This term has been put forward to explain objects so massively distributed in time and space as to transcend localization like such gigantic entities such as climate change that the risk of abstraction, distance and denial is extremely high.

Confronting herself with both the feelings of awkwardness and numbness and the urge to react and act throughout the work process resulted in various ‘exercises’. In translating this encircling noise allowed her to give the unspeakable, the invisible and the vast matter a space, form and voice.
Within installation, photography and video performance she creates a space for exploration – a world between frustration and fascination.

[NL] Vanaf 14 december toont XPO de tentoonstelling ‘The Plastic Laboratory’ van ARE (Artist Residencies Enschede) gast Bärbel Praun.

Opening: 14/12/2017 om 17:00 uur
Periode: 14/12 – 17/12/2017
Open: vr / za / zo 12:00 – 17:00 uur

Op zondag 17/12/2017 is Bärbel Praun in de ruimte om tijdens een kleine rondleiding over haar tentoonstelling te vertellen. Er zijn twee startmomenten om deel te nemen aan de rondleidingen, om 13.00 uur en om 15.00 uur.

The Plastic Laboratory
(Het plastic laboratorium)

Geobsedeerd door plastic, afval en consumentisme presenteert Bärbel Praun in ‘The Plastic Laboratory’ verschillende ‘oefeningen’ en ‘veldonderzoeken’ van haar die deze onderwerpen behandelen. Hoe reageren we op overweldigende feiten over klimaatverandering en het broeikaseffect? Hoe zou men deze aantallen echt kunnen begrijpen die we dagelijks in de kranten lezen, hoe te reageren? Is er een oplossing voor dit alles?

De Engelse filosoof Timothy Morton, wiens werk de overlapping van ecologische studies verkent, geeft deze kwestie een naam: hyperobjects. Deze term is aangevoerd om objecten te verklaren die zo massaal zijn verdeeld in tijd en ruimte dat ze de lokalisatie overstijgen, zoals dergelijke gigantische entiteiten als klimaatverandering, dat het risico van abstractie, afstand en ontkenning extreem groot is.

De confrontatie met zowel de gevoelens van onhandigheid en gevoelloosheid als de drang om te reageren en te handelen gedurende het hele werkproces resulteerde in verschillende ‘oefeningen’. Door het vertalen van dit omringende geluid kon ze het onuitsprekelijke, het onzichtbare en de grote materie een ruimte, vorm en stem geven.
Binnen installatie, fotografie en videoprestaties creëert ze een ruimte voor verkenning – een wereld tussen frustratie en fascinatie.


(postponed) Miriam Hamann – A hill is smaller than a mountain

We are sorry to announce that due to personal circumstances we have to cancel the exhibition ‘A hill is smaller than a mountain’ by Miriam Hamann (7/12 – 10/12/17) at XPO. We hope there will be an opportunity to show the exhibition of Miriam next year.

The next exhibition at XPO will be ‘The Plastic Laboratory’ by ARE guest Bärbel Praun (14/12 – 17/12/2017). More information will follow soon.

With kind regards,
ARE (Artist Residencies Enschede)

AKI – L.A.F.A. Exchange 2017

Thuy Huynh – Mijke Goth – Jelle van Assem

[EN] Opening: 16/11/2017 at 17:00 – 20:00
Period: 16/11 – 26/11/2017
Open: Fr./Sat./Sun. 12:00 – 17:00
Location: Stroinkbleeksweg 2, 7523 ZL, Enschede
Visit for more information the Facebook event

Artist Residencies Enschede invites you to the opening of the exhibition of AKI students Thuy Huynh, Mijke Goth and Jelle van Assem.

Presenting: A selection of photos and paintings made during the stay of Thuy, Mijke and Jelle in Shenyang, China. This year these three students went to the art academy of Shenyang for an exchange of three months. The exhibition at XPO shows their experiences and in what way the visit to China contributed to their artwork. The Exchange was a coöperation between AKI-ArtEZ, the city of Enschede and Dalian, sistercity of Enschede.

Thuy Huynh
Mijke Goth
Jelle van Assem


[NL] Opening: 16/11/2017 om 17:00 – 20:00
Periode: 16/11 – 26/11/2017
Open: vr./za./zo. 12:00 – 17:00
Locatie: Stroinkbleeksweg 2, 7523 ZL, Enschede
Bezoek voor meer informatie the Facebook event

Artist Residencies Enschede nodigt u uit voor de opening van de tentoonstelling van AKI-studenten Thuy Huynh, Mijke Goth en Jelle van Assem.

Presenteren: Een selectie van foto’s en schilderijen gemaakt tijdens het verblijf van Thuy, Mijke en Jelle in Shenyang, China. Dit jaar gingen deze drie studenten naar de kunstacademie van Shenyang voor een uitwisseling van drie maanden. De tentoonstelling bij XPO toont hun ervaringen en op welke manier het bezoek aan China heeft bijgedragen aan hun werk. De exchange was een samenwerking tussen AKI-ArtEZ, de gemeente Enschede en Dalian, zusterstad van Enschede.

Thuy Huynh
Mijke Goth
Jelle van Assem


Alice Pedroletti – CONSISTENCY

[EN] Opening: 14/09/2017 at 17:00 – 20:00
Period: 14/09 – 24/09/2017
Open: Fr./Sat./Sun. 12:00 – 17:00
Location: Stroinkbleeksweg 2, 7523 ZL, Enschede
Visit for more information the Facebook event

Artist Residencies Enschede invites you to the opening of the exhibition of ARE guest Alice Pedroletti. Italian artist Alice Pedroletti concludes her residency at Enschede with an exhibition at XPO. She has been living and working at one of the studios of ARE at art initiative B93 this summer.

“A book is also an object. Made of paper, cardboard, ink, images, and words.
Words are made by letters and each of them has a shape that recalls many different and possible things.
So I could say that a book is made of objects.”