Think Tanger, Morocco

For whom: visual artists, curators and art critics
(designers should apply to the Creative Industries Fund NL)
For what: 2 work periods of 8 weeks

  • 15 October – 15 December 2024
  • 6 April – 6 June 2025


Photo: Youssef El Idrissi

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In 2023 and 2024, the Mondriaan Fund and the Creative Industries Fund NL are together offering two residency periods at Think Tanger in Tangier, Morocco.

The work period at Think Tanger offers promising artists, curators, art critics and designers the opportunity to conduct research, expand their network and develop their own work. The residency is especially focused on the intersection of art, urbanism and socio-spatial issues.

The cultural sector in Morocco is becoming increasingly international. After previous generations paved the way, a young generation of Moroccan artists is taking art and culture to new heights. Movements and styles are being (re)mixed, popular culture coexists alongside established art, and is also being combined. Morocco’s geographical location makes it a crossroads of influences and styles, while a new generation of artists, designers, programme makers and curators is shaping the art and cultural field in (North) Africa from the inside. A primary motivation underpinning this residency is being able to unite and learn from each other’s perspectives, skills and values.

Think Tanger was founded in 2016. The platform concretely addresses and highlights contemporary social and spatial impacts of urban matters in Tangier, exploring new forms and perspectives. Tangier is a port in the north of Morocco, which has undergone dramatic changes in the past 20 years due to economical and industrial growth. This has impacted the social, spatial and cultural structure of Tangier. Many of these major developments often lack a social and sustainable perspective, and as a result, the local population feels little engagement.

Think Tanger uses a bottom-up approach to address themes including self-organisation, street culture, identity and the appropriation of the public space in relation to major developments. Think Tanger initiates and facilitates projects at the interface between art, craft, design and research. It also organises workshops, talks, open studios, exhibitions, podcasts and residencies. Think Tanger provides professional and practical supervision and introduces the residents to its network.

Residents stay in their own room in an apartment. The living room, bathroom and kitchen are shared with the other artist(s). Residents are also invited to use the Tanger Print Club, which has a silk screen printing studio. This residency involves a public final presentation, the form of which will be determined in consultation with the residents. One or two open studios will be organised during the residency, to which an appropriate audience will be invited.

For whom?

The residency at Think Tanger is open to visual artists, curators and art critics. The residency is not open to artist duos.

Designers should apply via the Creative Industries Fund NL. Per period, one artist and one designer work at Think Tanger at the same time.

Work period

Two work periods are available:

  • 15 October to 15 December 2024
  • 6 April to 6 June 2025

Applicants are asked to state their preference for a work period on the application form, and every effort will be made to honour this preference.

How much

Per period, the Mondriaan Fund makes a subsidy of € 5.027 available for an artist and € 3.533 available for a curator/art critic to help cover travel expenses, material costs and living costs. This sum is intended for 1 person. In addition, the selected resident is expected to pay a 10% personal contribution (the Mondriaan Fund automatically takes this into account in its subsidy, you do not need to do anything).

The cost of renting the studio/living space and the support offered by Think Tanger to the resident are not included in the subsidy and will be settled by the Mondriaan Fund directly with Think Tanger.

The contribution to artists based in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom can be increased to meet any higher travel costs. This is looked at per situation.


The deadline for submitting an application for a work period in 2024/2025 is  21 march, before 16:00 CET / 10:00 AST.

Applications for a subsidy for this residency may only be submitted during the annual selection rounds as announced by the Mondriaan Fund on its website. Before submitting an application, please read the terms and conditions, and information on the application procedure and assessment procedure (available via Residency). Please also read the terms and conditions applicable to Mondriaan Fund subsidies.

General terms and conditions


An advisory committee assists in the selection procedure, recommending candidates to Think Tanger based on the submitted documents. Think Tanger has ultimate responsibility for selecting the residents. Applications should therefore be submitted in English.

Other subsidies for Dutch and international residencies

In light of the fact that only one or two resident(s) can be selected per round, we would like to draw your attention to the Artist Project grant, with which you can apply for a residency. The residency associated with an Artist Project application may not be linked to another Mondriaan Fund application round.

Questions & contact

If you have any questions regarding this grant, please contact the Mondriaan Fund project officers.

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

Emma Parmentier

project officer and contact person for interdisciplinary projects Send a message Or call +31 (0)20 523 15 19