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Family in Residence

[EN] Residency programmes are often designed for itinerant solo artists or artists' collectives. In discussion with artists who have young children, we became aware that it is often difficult to find opportunities where they can participate in residencies along with their kids. We thus began an experiment in 2010 that sought to explore how a "family in residence" would look – one in which children become an intrinsic part of the workspace.

The separation between life and work wasn't common practice before the industrial revolution. Now in postindustrial societies such a separation may not be ideal either: working parents who see their children only a few hours a day; expatriates and immigrants who have no families to support them; eco-communities in search of new forms of sustainable living for all ages…

At FoAM we recognise the need and added value of hybrid forms of life and work to support artists. We make arrangements with the families in residence that give the parents the opportunity to focus on their work, while FoAM's collaborators help with looking after the children.

Read more about FoAM's families in residence on the Libarynth.

NOTE: This programme ended in 2016.


Family Residency Simpsons

FoAM’s family-in-residence for the Resilients is the Simpsons (Mark, Lea, Scarlet and Delilah), living at FoAM Brussels for two weeks in June and ...

Family in Residence: Adam Nocek, Stacey Moran Nocek, Ivy and Fiona Hewett

Living at FoAM for nearly two weeks in June 2015, Stacey, Adam, Fiona and Ivy will explore Japanese animism. Taking the lead from Isabelle ...

Residency Sarah Neville and family

Sarah Neville and family are in residence at FoAM for 3 weeks in October 2013, firstly at Castello Parenzana near the legendary town of ...

Family in Residence: Ali Crosby, Alex Davies & Luka

FoAM's first Family in Residence returns to be the last (for a while).

Family in Residence: Hans Eelens, Raquel Santana de Morais and Coralina

Saving a family of architects from freezing in their house-in-progress in Molenbeek was the beginning of a mutually inspiring family residency in the autumn ...

Family Microresidency Declerck

Lies (40) and Adriaan (2) Declerck are the hosts at FoAM in Brussels for one week, from the 21st to the 27th of August ...

Family Residency Porras and Canseco

Along with little Dante, Daniela Porras and Luis Canseco are two visual artists based in Oaxaca, Mexico, where they also run an afternoon art ...

Family Residency Robaupair

In 2010 FoAM expanded its residency programme to include people of all ages. The first experiment was having a “Family in Residence” (FIR), welcoming ...

Meandering to the Frontyard

Like peculiar migratory birds–ones that go backwards–Alex, Luka and I found ourselves at FoAM again this winter for ...

Dust Bunny's difficult decision

One day, Dust Bunny spirit was sitting around collecting dust piles, his own dust-like form hiding under an old chair ...

De oogst van een kookresidentie

Hoe valt een week huisvrouw spelen te rijmen met 'kunst'? Dat heb ik me gedurig afgevraagd. Voor ik moeder werd ...

Generous generalists

Lies and Adriaan Declerck were a Family in Residence at FoAM Brussels for a week in August and have offered ...