MORPHO gives time, space and support to artists. MORPHO has a dual function as an artist residency and a studios provider, with the aim of fostering a dynamic and sustainable context for artistic work. We manage studios for over 250 artists in the city and run a residency for Belgian-based and international artists with whom we build relationships and trajectories.
As a studios provider, we rent out workspaces across fourteen buildings in and around the city. Through a visitors programme for curators and open studios for a wider audience, we highlight the artistic practices in our network, including visual artists, musicians, writers, illustrators, furniture makers, guitar builders, costume designers and so on. Our team is committed to keeping the spaces well maintained and affordable. We also actively participate in debates regarding studio policy.
As an artist residency, we organise different types of residencies focusing on development and research (via open call) and international exchange (in collaboration with partner organisations). The artistic programme has a cyclical approach, with a new open call and focus every 18 months. Residents receive financial, practical and curatorial support to develop their work in an environment that encourages critical dialogue and artistic experimentation. The weekly sessions include studio visits, excursions in the city and curated dinners.
The residency studios and house are located behind the Antwerp Central Station, in a former monastery plus townhouse. We share the site and the monastery garden with our partner Kunsthal Extra City. We are supported by the city of Antwerp and the Flemish government.