Instituto Buena Bista, Curaçao

Who: visual artists and curators / observers
What: 3 working periods of 4 months each

  • 1 January – 30 April 2025
  • 1 May – 31 August 2025
  • 1 September – 31 December 2025


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Instituto Buena Bista, or IBB, founded by David Bade and Tirzo Martha, is a platform for contemporary arts on Curaçao. The IBB aims to be a source of inspiration for existing art forms and folklore expression on the island, while at the same time revealing new paths that art is taking on the world stage.

The social aspect of the IBB is evident in all its projects, ranging from exhibitions, lectures and art history research to workshops with the local population and with psychiatric patients – an important factor. The context of its location on the grounds of a psychiatric institution makes the profile of the IBB unique. Instituto Buena Bista currently has four studios: one for artists / curators residing in the Netherlands, one for artists from other countries and one for a local artist while the fourth studio is used on an annual basis by a young filmmaker, usually from the Caribbean region.

The Instituto Buena Bista residency is intended to highlight as broad a range of visions as possible on Curaçao. In the first place, the residency offers a working period in which the resident can develop and execute his or her new plans. The resident is asked to contribute to broadening the field of vision, the references and choices of students attending the IBB’s orientation course, annually 25 to 35 young people between the ages of 15 and 25. This can vary from organizing a series of classes, a site-specific project or an intervention in public space, to giving lectures. The IBB might ask a resident to collaborate in an exchange with other artists-in-residence in the Caribbean region. Our Junior-Senior exchanges were initiated in 2012. In close consultation with the resident in question and partner institutes on other islands in the region, a short stay at one of these institutes may prove fruitful for the IBB resident. The IBB selects one or two students to complete a site-specific project at a selected location together with the IBB resident.

Previous IBB residents include Mette Sterre, Karolien Helweg & Ruben la Cruz, Mariëlle Videler, Yasser Ballemans, Frank Koolen, Hadassah Emmerich, Pieter Joost Bruyniks, Jasper de Beijer and Steven Jouwersma.

For whom

The residency at Instituto Buena Bista can be applied for by visual artists and by curators and art observers. In the case of applications by duos or collaborative partnerships, each individual must submit their own separate application.

A duo is understood to be 2 artists or 2 curators/observers who consistently produce work together as a single unit. Collaborative partnerships for temporary or longer-term collaborations can be considered as duos as long as they both submit a joint plan for the working period which leads to a single result. During the residency, the duo or collaborating artists live and work in the same spaces.

Working period

3 working periods are available:

  • 1 January – 30 April 2025
  • 1 May – 31 August 2025
  • 1 September – 31 December 2025

Applicants must indicate their preferred working period on their applications. All possible effort will be made to honour these preferences.

How much

The rent of the studio and living accommodation are paid directly by the Mondriaan Fund to the IBB. The residents stay in a simple house with a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. The remaining costs of travel, living expenses and materials for each working period is assessed at €10,280 for an artist or €7,292 for a curator or observer. These amounts are for one person. The resident is expected to contribute 10%, this is settled by the Mondriaan Fund.

If a duo or a collaborative partnership is selected for an IBB residency, these amounts increase proportionally to cover travel and living costs for the second resident.


The deadline for submitting an application for a 2025 work period is March 21 2024, before 4:00 PM (CET) / 10:00 PM (AST). For more information, please contact Priscilla Tosari cevfpvyyn.gbfnev@zbaqevnnasbaqf.ay / +31 20 523 1545.

A contribution for this residency can only be requested during annual selection rounds that are announced by the Mondriaan Fund on the website. Before submitting an application, read the explanation for the conditions, assessment and application procedure. You can find this via Residency.

Also read the general terms and conditions that apply to contributions from the Mondriaan Fund.


The Mondriaan Fund advisory committee selects the candidate or candidates based on the documents submitted to them. The committee includes a representative from the IBB.

Other grants for residencies in the Netherlands and other countries

Because only 1 or 2 residents can be selected for any given residency during each selection round, many applicants will be disappointed. For this reason, we point out that you may also apply for an Artist Project with a residency at a different location. That Artist Project residency location may not be one of those already being offered in the Mondriaan Fund application round.

Questions & contact

Do you have any questions about this grant? Please contact one of our employees directly.

Or call 020 523 15 23 or send an email to vasb@zbaqevnnasbaqf.ay.

Priscilla Tosari