Het Vijfde Seizoen

ART & PSYCHIATRY - Residency in psychiatry

Het Vijfde Seizoen (The Fifth Season) is a residency in the context of mental health. Professional artists work in the context of psychiatry, focusing on a wide range of topics. The art projects of The Fifth Season deal with current topics within mental health care and tell the story of people with mental illness.

Residency in Fukuroda Hospital, Japan 2022-2023

We are happy to announce that we have restarted the residency program in Fukuroda Hospital, Daigo, Japan.

Sayaka Abe is currently working with patients online, this program is going to last to next year.

The Fifth Season is currently working with Fukuroda Hospital in Daigo, Japan. Daigo is  city about 160 kilometers above Tokyo,.

Sachi Miyachi and Nina Glockner lived and worked for three months in the residency in Daigo in 2019. Due to the corona restrictions, it has not been possible for Dutch artists to work there for a longer period of time since the spring of 2020. 

By inviting  different artist to work in the context of mental health, a contribution is made to our goal of bringing society closer to psychiatry. Through their works of art the artists contribute to the imaging of the psychiatric patient and psychiatry in general.

Between 1998 and 2020 the residency of The Fifth Season was located at the terrain of the mental health institute Altrecht GGz in Den Dolder (Utrecht). Each season another artist was invited to work in the residency. In this way The Fifth Season offered artists the possability to delve into mental health and psychiatry. 

In 2018, the exhibition space Beautiful Distress House was created on the initiative of Het Vijfde Season and in collaboration with the Beautiful Distress foundation. The Fifth Seasons aims to contribute to de-stigmatisation and to open up the discussion on mental health.

Click on 'Artists' for art projects.

Under 'Publications' you will find a list of all publications that artists have made during their residencies in The Fifth Season.

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The Bluest Monday

The Bluest Monday started at De Hallen in Amsterdam till the 29th of January.

Sayaka Abe, who currently works with Fukuroda Hospital and Nina Glockner and Sachi Miyachi, who also worked there In 2019, participate in this program. You can see their works in Galerie Beeldend Gesproken. On the 27th of January from 14:40 to 17:00, those three artists will give an Artist Talk at Beeldend Gesproken. read more

Exhibition & Public Program by Nina Glockner and Sachi Miyachi

'THERE IS NO BETTER ME' December 18, 2022 to February 25, 2023 at Beautiful Distress House (Ms. van Riemsdijkweg 41a 1033 RC Amsterdam) read more

Exhibition in Fukuroda Hospital

A new exhibition started at Fukuroda Hospital in Japan. This exhibition shows the process of online residency till now with Fukuroda hospital and Sayaka Abe. read more

Sayaka Abe at Fukuroda Hospital

This year Sayaka Abe is working in an online residency with Fukuroda Hospital, north of Tokyo. In various online meetings and via cards that the patients of the hospital and the artists send to each other, they create a joint work of art. It will be presented during Art Festa, the hospital's arts festival that will be shown this fall. In 2023 she will continue her residency and will then work for a few months on the continuation of the project in Fukuroda Hospital. This residency is supported by Dutch Culture and obtained nominal support from Daigo Town in Japan. read more

PUK* status: ONLINE

As of Friday the 5th of Februari a simple click will enable you to explore the elusive being of PUK* and the questions on creativity, madness and artificial intelligence that lay within - since PUK* has been given its very own website. read more


Solo-exhibition by Floris Schönfeld

On the 11th of December the Fifth Season launched the exhibition PUK* by Floris Schönfeld. PUK* is a multi-layered, long-term research project on the subject of Artificial Intelligence and neurodiversity. Click here for more information. read more

*We're OPEN again*

On July 10th the exhibition 'I see you are not there' by Sanne Kabalt will open at our exhibition venue Beautiful Distress House read more

The Fifth Season has moved

As of January 2020 we are located at Beautiful Distress House, our exhibition space on the NDSM-wharf in Amsterdam. Our new address is: The Fifth Season, Ms. van Riemsdijkweg 41 A, 1033 RC Amsterdam read more

Autumn 2019

Amparo González Sola

This Autumn Amparo González Sola is back in the residency! In collaboration with various communities, the choreographer and dancer questions the relation between theory, practice, politics and the body. read more

Open Studio Tamara Kuselman en Floris Schönfeld

Thursday, Sept. 26 from 4 p.m. artists Tamara Kuselman and Floris Schönfeld are present in The Fifth Season. They present part of the work that was made during their residencies. read more

Publication '3 years Summer School'

Sunday 15 September finissage of 'MODEL 2050 | Privacy & Psychiatry in the Future and launch of the publication '3 Years Summer Schools ' read more

MODEL 2050 | Privacy & Psychiatry in the Future

The Summer School exhibition will open on Thursday 29 August at 7 p.m. Forteen starting artist collaborated with peer consultants of the mental healthcare institute HVO Querido. read more

Kick off Summer School #3

Starting from 12 August, 15 students of the Summer School explore the topic Privacy & Psychiatry in the future. The results are displayed in the exhibition Model 2050: Privacy and Psychiatry in the Future in Beautiful Distress House. read more

Summer 2019

Tamara Kuselman

Starting from 1 July, Tamara Kuselman will be The Fifth Season’s resident. Her project questions the past and present of people dealing with alternative therapeutic and community practices. read more

Summer 2019

Amparo González Sola

From July 15 on Amparo González Sola is artist in residency. In collaboration with various communities, the choreographer and dancer questions the relation between theory, practice, politics and the body. read more

Interns and volunteers

Het Vijfde Seizoen is open for new volunteers and interns! Interested in becoming a member of our team and develop your skills in production/coordination or education? Send cv and short motivation letter to Het Vijfde Seizoen. read more

OPEN CALL Summer School & exhibition 2019

12 August – 29 August. Curious to explore your work in the context of mental health and psychiatry in the Future read more

Michael Bloos Public Artist in Residence

Currently, Michaël Bloos creates a Universe of psychodrama in Beautiful Distress House. He explores the lines between drama and psycho. The festive opening of his residency is on May 23. read more

Spring residency Floris Schönfeld

Starting from 1 April, visual artist Floris Schönfeld will be The Fifth Season's resident. Floris will work in The Fifth Season on the development of a new artificial intelligence named PUK*. read more

Summer School 2019

Preparations of the Summer School 2019 are in full progress. The addressed topics will be related to psychiatry and privacy. The Open Call is expected to be announced in April. read more

Of What One Cannot Speak: Doris Salcedo

On 24 March, critic and theorist Mieke Bal will present a lecture on the work of renowned Colombian artist Doris Salcedo, at Beautiful Distress House in Amsterdam-Noord. The event takes place in the framework of exhibition HERE/NOW: Current Visions from Colombia, curated by Carolina Ponce de León. read more

HERE/NOW: Current Visions from Colombia features twenty artists presenting contempo- rary art and photojournalism created in the context of Colombia. CURATOR: Carolina Ponce de León. read more

Winter Residency: Students AKV St. Joost

In The Fifth Season we have welcomed the first group of artists of the year 2019. George Korsmit and his students of the AKV ST. Joost from Den Bosch: Eric Patel (alumnus) and four Master students: Annemee Dik, Raffaella Huizinga, Dorien Scheltens and Murat Yildiz have begun their residency. read more


The Fifth Season will take a short break. We will return in 2019. Starting from January, a group of internationale MA students of the art academy from Den Bosch will work in The Fift Season. We are looking forward to their residency. read more

Non-Issue on psychiatry

Non-Issue - Independant Artmagazine dedicates issue #063 to psychiatry. With on the cover 'Vampire', a work that Lotte van Lieshout made during her residency in The Fifth Season in 2010. See also: http://www.non-issue.org/063.pdf read more

Exhibition The Third Potential

On Wednesday 21st November the exhibition The Third Potential will open at Beautiful Distress House in Amsterdam. In the nine screen video-installation the artists presents their research on the meaning of language in relation to safety and security in a psychiatric environnement. read more

Autumn Residency: Rashid Novaire

Starting from October 1st, Rashid Novaire will be The Fifth Season's resident. Novaire will focus on writing a new novel in which the history of Den Dolder will play a role. read more

12 October - 28 October: To the Beat of My Own Drum

To The Beat of My Own Drum combines the audiovisual work of five artists that work on the crossroads of visual arts, the music industry and nightlife. This multi-sensory exhibition, stimulated by light, sound and moving images shows how 'high culture' and 'club culture' are closely intertwined and how these two different worlds strengthen each other. read more


Vincent van Gogh, Lady GaGa, Diane Arbus, Kurt Cobain, the list of famous artists with a mental disorder that have gone down in history as brilliant is endless. But how do we define who is labeled as a brilliant genius and who as ‘mentally ill’? Can we also see a different mental condition as a Superpower? read more

Artist Talk with Jan Hoek

Sunday 30 September there will be an artist talk with Jan Hoek, led by Esther Vossen (director / curator of The Fifth Season) and Wilco Tuinebreijer (psychiatrist and chairman Beautiful Distress). Afterwards, Jan Hoek will sign his book Mental Superpowers. Be there! read more

Article in Metropolis M

Saskia van der Kroef wrote an interesting article about artist-in-residencies in the latest issue of the art magazine Metropolis M. In the article, director and curator of The Fifth Season, Esther Vossen, is being interviewed. read more

23 September - Open Studio

This year, The Fifth Season will take part in the Kunstroute Zeist. The residency is open to the public on September 23, from 12.00 to 17.00. At 15.00, there will be an artist talk by resident Claire Harvey, followed by a Q&A with the artist led by Esther Vossen, director and curator of The Fifth Season. read more

Summer Resident: Claire Harvey

During the summer, Claire Harvey will be staying at the Fifth Season. Harvey is known for painting figures on transparencies, tape, slides and post-its and directly on the wall, while incorporating every last fixture and edge of material in a prismatic interplay between image and object. read more

18 September - Opening Beautiful Distress House, Book presentation and Exposition

The Fifth Season and Beautiful Distress herewith you for a festive book presentation, exposition and opening of the Beautiful Distress House on Tuesday September 18. read more

The Fifth Season goes to Tokyo

Arts Initiative Tokyo (AIT) has invited Esther Vossen, director and curator of The Fifth Season, and Wilco Tuinebreijer, psychiatrist and chairman of Beautiful Distress, to give a lecture about the Art manifestation 'Beautiful Distress' that took place last Winter in Amsterdam. They will also give a workshop to children, as part of the 'DEAR ME' program of AIT. The workshop will be given in collaboration with the artist Masahiro Wada. read more


The exhibiton MY OTHER TONGUE shows work from all twelve artists that participated in The Fifth Season's Summer School 2018. The exhibition runs from 18 July until 5 August. read more

Summer School 2018: 'My Other Tongue', 8 July - 18 July

The Summer School 2018: ‘My Other Tongue’ will start on Monday the 9th of July. During the Summer School, a group of 12 participants will focus on art, language and psychiatry. read more

21 June - Open Studio The Fifth Season

For the past three months Jan Adriaans, Gerwin Luijendijk and Marianna Maruyama have been working in The Fifth Season. They will share their experiences on Thursday 21 June. read more

Exhibition Mission Nose Out

A group of students from the Rietveld Academy and a group of New Amsterdammers artists (status holders) went in couples on a voyage of discovery, through new experiences and places they have never been to before. read more

Exhibition Summer Guests in Museum Dr. Guislain

On Friday June 15, a fascinating exhibition opens in Museum Dr. Guislain in Gent (Belgium). The exhibiton 'Summer Guests' shows a large number of works that have been made in The Fifth Season and in the residency of Beautiful Distress, in New York. read more

Opening 50/50 (Artistic Research)

Join us at the opening of UvA's Artistic Research Graduation Show on Thursday evening, starting at 18:00! read more

Spring residency: Jan Adriaans, Gerwin Luijendijk en Marianna Maruyama

The artists Jan Adriaan, Gerwin Luijendijk and Marianna Maruyama will be working in The Fifth Season from April up to and including June 2018. Their research will be about language in psychiatry. read more

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Het Vijfde Seizoen Academy

'Het Vijfde Seizoen Academy' (The Fifth Season Academy) is a program for psychiatrist and psychiatrist in training. During interactive sessions participants are confronted with the value of the arts. read more