Artist in Residence (AiR)


The international Artist in Residence (AiR) program of the Tembe Art studio, subcomponent of the Kibii foundation started in 2010. This program for local and international artists is part of a larger project process which was initiated in 2009 by visual artist Marcel Pinas. The goal is to use art and culture to instill a new confidence and awareness in the people from his home district Marowijne, enabling them to use the valuable elements of their own culture to become self-sufficient and turn the previously ravaged district into a newly productive environment which they can be proud of. The Tembe Art Studio (also known as TAS) aims to create future perspectives for the youth of Marowijne in their own homesteads. In order to achieve this, the organization is creating a multitude of developmental opportunities through an Art Park and a Multi Cultural Center in the district of Marowijne, based upon the promotion of art, culture, education and tourism.


The goal of the AiR program is to get artists from all over the world to come to Suriname and contribute to the creation of Marowijne Art Park. Within the great plan this goal serves to improve the image of district Marowijne. Resident artists, who are ready for a unique and unforgettable experience in a culturally diverse country, contribute by placing their artworks in the art park. With the artworks of various artists, Moengo and the surroundings of the Marowijne will attract visitors from all around the world. Through sustainability and the involvement of the local population in its vision, the Kibii Foundation use art and culture to make a contribution to the further social and economic development of the town Moengo and surrounding areas in district Marowijne.


Artists will be greatly impressed and inspired by the wealth of natural and cultural resources of Suriname. Artists of all disciplines are welcome to apply for a residency at the Tembe Art Studio. For a period of 1 to 3 months the AiR will complete its project in the district of Marowijne. The artists who are visiting Moengo use the time they spend there for inspiration and reflections. These are issues every artist need from time to time. They get their inspirations from the nature and culture. Moengo is neither a city nor a village and has other ways of living than many are accustomed to. This encourages creativity. The place Moengo is a natural tranquility, which is unprecedented for city dwellers and is therefore an ideal place for reflection.


Projects may consist of working with the children or adults of a certain village, ultimately resulting in an exhibition and a public art installation, to be added to the Marowijne Art Park: the creation of a work of art from a particular inspiration to be exhibited upon completion or a special collaboration with other artists from Suriname or another artist in residence. Simultaneous residency of several artists in the program causes an additional value with creative cross-fertilization. Most important aim in the AiR program is to bring the community in contact with artistic role models and show that artists can have a career. This long term process will succeed if there is certain regularity from external stimuli. This project would gain extra value, if artists would be able to reach out not only to the youth, but also to other social groups in order to contribute to strengthening families on economic level hoping for indirectly benefits to the youth.The “Artist in Residence” is able to choose from:

  • A project with children and/or adults from the villages resulting in an exhibition or
  • Creating an art installation that will contribute to the Marowijne Art Park
  • Or either do both.
  • This will have to be an inspiration to create works of art and to reflect the work of foreign artists, interacting with local artists from Suriname or other artists present in Suriname with a project.

    Trainings facilities

    During the process of the development of the Multi Cultural Center, which included the setting up of the program for Artists in Residence, the realization of an art park etc., the necessity of more local space, especially in the villages became obvious. This resulted in building three training facilities in three different villages. These training facilities are in Ricanau Mofo, Ovia Olo and Moengo Tapoe. Mostly it was part of the Artists in Residence program, as this meant that in Moengo and the villages there will be an interaction with international and national artists and art institutions, to collaborate with the in-residency program. Here training courses, workshops and lessons are given to youngsters and older people in the villages. The following lessons are provided in the form of block courses: *ceramics, *screen-printing technology, *cutting and modeling of wood.


    With the workshop that is being provided by TAS under the umbrella of Kibii foundation, TAS also aims to enlarge the vision of the youth of this rural area. The artist participating on the program will have a workshop program available for the rural population in Moengo and in at least one village where training facilities of TAS are. The most important aim is to provide the young people with tools and insights as well as opportunities, so they can be inspired by art and eventually use art as a source of income. Furthermore the artists visit different schools in Moengo to give presentation about their own artworks. Also in Paramaribo we expect from the artists to give a similar presentation but then for advanced artists in order to create knowledge exchange.

    Art installations

    The art installations for the art park are made by the various artists, who participate in the residence program. Inspired by what they have encounter in Moengo and surroundings they must produce a spatial installation. The way they are produced, results in giving the park global character. This park will, after it has been installed, not only, be the first of its’ kind in the Caribbean, but also within the other hemisphere. The produced works of the artists and students are placed in the Art Park, which will be in favor of tourism and culture, especially art tourism in this district. The Tembe Art Studio determines by mutual consent with the local government and the artist where the artwork are to be installed. When already decided where it will be installed, there is no second chance to change it unless the situation allows it. In order to create ownership, it is necessary to engage local workers to help produce the artworks. This will go against vandalism. During the period of residency, it is the responsibility of TAS to have the role of intermediary between the AiR and the local community. Tembe Art Studio will provide all necessary means to provide a pleasant stay.

    Tembe Art Studio prefers to work with visible objects. The AiR is allowed to select the material he wants to work with to build the art installation, but it has to be material within the direct environment of the community. Nevertheless if he prefers others material, it must be known in advance, so that the proper arrangement can be made. The organization is not able to get material from abroad.

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    Our recent AiR is Coco Druivenvoorde and below a little biography is written

    Coco Duivenvoorde, born on April 3 1988 in De Hoef, Netherlands graduated in 2011 at the Royal Academy as a bachelor of Fine Arts in The Hague where she was trained as a documentary photographer. Since then she works as a freelance photographer in the Dutch theater world. She also developed her own projects, where she is involved in social, political art and activism and focusing on text, poetry and performance on the themes of friendship, feminism, colonialism and racism. This leads to several projects where Coco presents herself as a cultural producer/curator. Setting up a reading groups are part of her artistic practice. The reading group is an artistic form for her to create space for reading and writing to think collectively and then to ask questions and discuss these issues with people from different backgrounds.
    Overall her projects and way of working has as motives, to articulate and stimulate a political consciousness in a context in which this consciousness is limited or eliminated. It is important that these projects are always have collaborative character.

    Click here to learn more about Coco her work.

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