MORPHO is a non-profit organisation dedicated to artistic development. We give time, space and resources to artists, with the aim of fostering a dynamic and sustainable context for artistic work. As a studio provider, we rent out workspaces in a growing number of buildings in and around the city of Antwerp. As an artist residency, we annually host around 20 residents from Belgium and abroad whom we support in their projects and trajectories.
We currently manage studios in 14 buildings for more than 200 artists and makers. We focus on maintenance and affordability and actively participate in debates on studio policy. With a visitor's programme for curators and open studio days for a wider audience, we bring our diverse studio occupants - from visual artists, musicians, writers, designers, costume makers to furniture makers - into the limelight.
We organise different types of residencies focusing on local talent development (via open call) and international exchange (with varying partners and therefore opportunities). The programme consists of weekly collective sessions guided by our artistic team and professional guests. Residents receive financial, practical and artistic support to develop their work in an environment that encourages dialogue and experimentation.
The residency house is located behind the Zoo and Antwerp Central Station, where the organisation also has its offices. The adjacent former monastery houses the residency studios, our project space in the old refectory where we organise events and presentations by the artists in our network, and the monastery garden we share with our partner Kunsthal Extra City.