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Broedplaats Borrewater

Something is bubbling in Borrewaterstraat: Fameus and MORPHO are coming to Merksem with a new studio project. The former police station at the district house will be transformed into a lively studio building for starting and developing artists of all ages. Broedplaats Borrewater is committed to the crossover between recent graduates and amateur artists who aspire to be professionally active. In partnership with State of the Arts (SOTA), this project aims to encourage peer support and narrow the gap with the work field.

What are the assets?

  • Affordable individual or shared workspace (€4 per m² per month, incl. energy costs).
  • Rental contract for at least 1 year.
  • Exchange with peers in the shared project space and kitchen.
  • A supporting programme of workshops and other sharing moments.
  • A showcase after the first year.
  • Practical help from our teams.

For whom?

  • You are a starting artist, which means to us:
    • you are graduating this year or have recently (by 2021 at the latest) graduated from art school;
    • you practice art in your spare time and want to transition towards the professional arts field.
  • You live in Antwerp (including districts).
  • You can apply as an individual artist or collective.
  • You have a focus on the visual arts, possibly with a transdisciplinary approach.
  • You are welcome regardless of age, ethnic-cultural background, gender diversity, neurodiversity, and more.
  • We do our best to facilitate everyone’s needs, but the specific architecture (stairs, no lift) means the first floor is not suitable for all conditions.


MORPHO is an Antwerp-based arts organisation that supports and connects artists in their artistic development, both locally and internationally. We give time and space to artists by setting up residency exchanges and renting workspaces below market value. We advocate for the place of artists in the city at the level of studio policy and give visibility to their presence. Currently, we provide studios for more than 200 Antwerp-based artists, designers and makers in 14 locations and organize residencies with some 20 visual artists from Belgium and abroad annually. In this way, we strive to create collaborative and solid grounds for artistic work.

About Fameus

Fameus is the Antwerp support centre for everyone who is passionate about art in their spare time. We support a wide range of art disciplines with our own projects, advice, space, help with subsidy applications, etc. and are accessible to every amateur artist regardless of background.
With GAST, Fameus links amateur artists with free studio or rehearsal space throughout the city. In addition, Fameus helps artists and associations with applications to the Fonds voor Talentontwikkeling, a subsidy line for original cultural projects in the city of Antwerp for and by amateur artists.
Those who are completely new to the world of art are also welcome! Fameus works together with Atlas to guide artists who are new to Antwerp. Together, we look for the right place where artists can go to make and show their art.

About SOTA

State of the Arts (SOTA) is an open platform to reimagine the conditions that shape the art world today. SOTA operates through the collaborative intelligence of artists and artworkers, but is open to all individuals and organisations that want to co-create a more fair and diverse cultural scene in Belgium. SOTA stands in solidarity with other sectors in our society and supports the Palestinian struggle for freedom from colonial oppression.

Selection procedure


  • First step: come to a viewing day, see the spaces and ask your questions! Confirm your visit here.
  • Fill in the application form here.
    (For a visual reminder of the spaces, you can find pictures here)
  • Do you have additional questions? Ask them via

Save the dates

  • Viewing days: 24 June and 8 July 2024, 2pm
  • Deadline for applications: 11 July 2024
  • Announcement of results: week of 29 July

When selecting, we look at

  • The match between what the artist needs and what the studio project offers.
  • The impact the space is likely to have on the artist's development.
  • The diverse composition and interconnectedness of the studio community.

Submissions will be collectively selected by a jury consisting of representatives of the organising partners:

  • Josefien Cornette (Artist – Cripping the Space, Engagement and SOTA)
  • Caroline Dumalin (Artistic director MORPHO)
  • Çifel Hüseyin (Artist – Artistic newcomers FAMEUS)
  • Justine Maxelon (Artist – Core team SOTA)
  • Gwen Vanderreyd (Director FAMEUS)