Het Vijfde Seizoen

Artist in residence in the psychatric institution Willem Arntsz Hoeve / Altrecht, Den Dolder

Het Vijfde Seizoen (The Fifth Season) is a residence for artists on the grounds of the psychiatric institution the Willem Arntsz Hoeve in Den Dolder, the Netherlands. Professional artists can live and work here for a season.

Since 1998 many artists have lived and worked in Het Vijfde Seizoen. It is an inspiring place and an extreme experience. De line between sick or not sick sometimes seems to disappear for the artists and the patients. It is remarkable to see how each artist picks his own angle and approaches the psychiatry from a totally personal point of view.

By inviting a different artist every season to come live and work, a contribution is made to our goal of bringing society closer to psychiatry, and breaking through the closed character of the grounds. Through their works of art the artists contribute to the imaging of the psychiatric patient and psychiatry in general.

Click on 'artists' for artprojects.

Under 'publications' you will find a list of all publications that artists have made during their residency in Het Vijfde Seizoen.

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Looking for a good holiday book? Artists Doris Denekamp and Geert van Mil launched a new version of the classic noval Moby Dick 'Noem me Ismaël'. Stories patients and life at a psychiatric institution are forming the basis of this book. "Noem me Ismaël" can be orderedby transferring € 20 per copy into the following bankaccount: NL21fvlb0699413095 (in the name of Stichting Kunstenaarsverblijf Het Vijfde Seizoen:). Please mention the titel of the book (Noem me Ismaël) as reference and send your postal address and the number of copies you want to order to the follwing emailaddress: info@vijfde-seizoen.nl read more

On Friday, 26th of June, from 4 pm till 6 pm, Emmeline de Mooij and Adriaan Mellegers presented the outcome of their stay in Het Vijfde Seizoen. "AFTER THE FUTURE 02: REGRESSION THERAPY' is the science fiction project that the artists made with the patients of the institution. The one-time only performance was staged by the patients and artists. Subsequently, artist Folkert de Jong gave his views on science fiction. read more

This autumn, Het Vijfde Seizoen is starting an exchange program with a psychiatric institution in Brussels. Het Vijfde Seizoen is receiving support from BesteBuren, a program that encourages cultural exchange between Belgium and the Netherlands. read more

Exhibition Noem me Ismaël at Het Dolhuys museum

Together with the patients, Doris Denekamp and Geert van Mil read the classic novel of Moby Dick. The stories that emerged in response to these joint reading sessions formed the basis of the book "Noem me Ismaël". The book is peppered with photographs of the institution. Denekamp and Van Mil photographed the buildings and the surrouding area with an infrared camera. Particularly for the patient-room of Het Dolhuys museum, Denekamp and Van Mil created an installation with infrared photographs. The installation was exhibited till the 28th of June at Het Dolhuys, Schotersingel 2, Haarlem.