Gaolu Han – Stroll by Traveling

Period: 08/09 – 18/09/2019, Opening: 08/09/2019 at 15:00

Gaolu Han presents an intermediate between representationalism and expressionism. This status derives from experience in Chinese cultural background and exploration on Western artistic forms. The path of the works has characteristic pluralism with rational and critical thinking, and the feeling of painting with a sensitive trans experience combined with the identity of the artist.

Gaolu Han about his work:
Currently,traveling inspired me and this experience works as a trigger which drives me to be immersed in existence,change and relevance. Meanwhile, in the context between the splendid art of the Netherlands and contemporary art, I meditate that I can cross the cultural areas, including exchanging,talking and co-existing. What I mentioned above, I present like traveling along a stream, painting a line, brush stroke, gradation, temperament and ink …

Han is an artist from Dalian (China). This year Enschede and Dalian celebrate 10 years of collaboration between two sister cities. With this year’s artists’ exchange, ARE and the Dalian Zhongshan Art museum honor the warm cooperation of recent years in the cultural field. In tribute to the 10-year anniversary, Han also participates in the Two Sisters art project, initiated by Marc Boumeester of AKI ArtEz.

I-Yen Chen – A State of Obscurity

Opening: 13/06/2019 at 17:00
Period:13/06 – 30/06/2019
Open: Fri/ Sat/ Sun 12:00-17:00

First we draw lines, and from these emerge a map.
Thus are borders defined.

I-Yen Chen (Taiwan) is a visual artist who has been an artist in residence at ARE since the end of April this year. Currently I-Yen is based between Taiwan and Australia. With her background in the humanities and personal experience, she is very interested in historical events and human mindsets.

In the last several years, I-Yen has been exploring and developing the concept metaphorical landscapes to present landscapes not as eternal or objective, but as a reflection of human memory and dreams. I-Yen believes that it is through the unending transformation of this space that we settle in, and find affinity with, the world around us.

Saturday 15/06/2019 at 14:00, I-Yen is personally giving a tour through the exhibition.

See the Facebook eventfor more information.

Daniel Maalman – 8TET1

Foundscape project: Soundshapes 8TET1
Opening: May 25 at 20:00

8 T E T 1 is a sound installation consisting of ceramic instruments that are played by electro-mechanical tap modules. This installation is part of the Foundscape project. The starting point of this project is an investigation into the sound properties of different materials, which runs parallel to the investigation of the sonic signature of locations, buildings and objects.

Open during the Maker Festival Twente on May 25 and 26 from 11:00 to 17:00.

During opening hours there is the possibility to make a sound composition yourself under the supervision of Edwin Dertien.

Marloes Staal – Living Landscape

“Through living in it, the landscape becomes part of us, just as we are part of it, in a process that is continuous and never-ending.”
– Tim Ingold

Opening: 18/04/2019
Period: 18/04 – 28/04/2019
Open: Fri./ Sat./ Sun. 13:00-17:00
Location: Stroinksbleekweg 2, 7523 ZL, Enschede

The works that can be seen in the exhibition ‘Living Landscape’ are based on the human relationships with the landscape that are becoming more and more stressed and were created during an artist in residence in Leipzig in 2019. During this working period of 3 months at the Pilotkueche, Marloes was particularly struck by how much was built in this former GDR city, for the city was almost empty until recently. Now that the city is booming again, building cannot take place quickly enough. But where do all these building materials actually come from, and what influence do we have outside the city? How do we ensure that others can also live in the landscape?

Accompanying this exhibition, Marloes will give an extensive lecture at Concordia on 25 April. On April 28 there is a festive finissage at XPO, where part of the work may be taken home!

The working period in Leipzig and the works that were created there, were made possible thanks to a grant for international exchange from the City of Enschede.

Due to easter: closed on Sunday 21/04 and open on Monday 22/04

See the Facebook event for more information.

Evangeline Clark – A Blue, A Purple, Aloë vera, Aster, Banaan, Cupcake, Engeland, Hibiscus, Pilli Pilli, Prinsessen Roze, Selectie and Ultiem.

At first glance, the aesthetic intensity of Evangeline Clark’s work may suggest it only exists to announce its own presence. However, the intention of her practise is to act as a spatial disruption through the ephemeral invasion of colour. Clark’s work examines the boundaries between the decorative and the feminine, the grotesque and the pretty, the meaningless and the significant.

Opening: 14/03/2019 17:00
Period: 14/03 – 24/03/2019
Open: Fri./ Sat./ Sun. 12:00-17:00

See the Facebook event for more information.

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BY WEEKLY presents: Emmy Zwagers – Come together in a dream

Period: 15/02 – 24/02/2019
Opening: Sat 16/02 at 17:00
Open: Fri./ Sat./ Sun. 12:00-17:00

Starting from dreams and visions and an interest in science, Emmy constructs a physical and personal relationship with formal images. Through series making and repetitive activity in this mostly process based practice, she uses different sets of tools, materials and activity: hands, body, a broom, oil, spray paint, hair, paper and polymer. Ultimately, longing for a feeling of connectedness through her flats and objects, the works come together in a paintlike installation.

Emmy Zwagers (1989, Oosterhout) works as multidisciplinary artist currently based in Den Bosch. She studied at AKV St. Joost, Den Bosch and Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK. Her work has been showcased at exhibitions at a.o. CGP London, London and Dutch Design Week.

BY WEEKLY is a platform presenting and curating work by students and young artists – as a pop-up exhibition twice a month on various locations. This is the first time to co-host and exhibtion with XPO.

Period: 15/02 – 24/02/2019
Opening: Sat 16/02 at 17:00
Open: Fri./ Sat./ Sun. 12:00-17:00
Location: Stroinksbleekweg 2, 7523 ZL, Enschede (NL)

More information: Facebook event

ARE – Just Passing Through

Opening December 14, 2018: 16.00 – 19.00

We’re commemorating the occasion with two exhibitions and a book launch in December, Just Passing Through, Artist Residencies Enschede: A Ten-Year Retrospective.The book is a beautiful document of the more than 80 artists who have attended our artist-in-residence program facilitated by the city of Enschede. It also highlights our exchange project with Dalian, our sister city in China. We’ve captured their work and stories in our anniversary book and two exhibitions.

We invite you to join us for the book launch and exhibition, “Just Passing Through” on December 14, from 16:00-19:00 at XPO in Enschede. Afterward, we’ll continue the party at B93, where we’ll be exhibiting digital prints of works created by the visiting artists from A.R.E. during our monthly Carte Blanche at B93, Hogebothofstraat 166, Enschede.

Anna Cherednikova – Wild Garden

Opening: 29/11/2018, 17:00
Period: 29/11/2018 – 9/12/2018
Open: Fri., Sat., Sun. 12:00-17:00
Location: XPO, Stroinksbleekweg 2, 7523 ZL Enschede, Netherlands

How is a garden made?

We consider a garden, as a determined place, where different forms of life mix, adapt and coexist. Constant migration of the plants and species, the present of human intervention everywhere in the nature, makes the borders of the garden are flexible and everything which is inside connects and influences with that what is outside.

Let’s question the way we see a garden and represent it, what we actually define today as a garden, what we protect and put behind the gardens fence and what happens outside.

Anna Cherednikova is a conceptual photographer currently working between Spain and France. Her research centers on the relationship between people and nature, and she works with temporality as central aspect of her practice. MFA from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Complutense University, Madrid and participant in varies residencies with the most recent one at l’École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie d’Arles. Anna has received grants from the European Commission and the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Education. Her artworks have been exhibited in Spain, Portugal, Italy and France.

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Daniel Maalman – Foundscape (kickoff)

[EN] (Nederlands verder naar beneden)
kickoff: 03/11/2018 – 20:00

Location: Stroinksbleekweg 2, 7523 ZL, Enschede (NL)

Since 2016 I have been working on sound-art installations under the name of Lost & Found Orchestra. Until now I have made five big site-specific installations under this name. In these installations I write temporary sound compositions for a specific location, building or a collection of objects, with the help of ‘found’ sounds that are hidden under the surfaces of physical materials.

Foundscape is the next stage of my Lost & Found Orchestra project. For this project I will be doing material research for three months at Sundaymorning@EKWC, from november to februari. My research is focused on the sonic properties of ceramics and the development of sound objects made of ceramics that can be used as instruments in installations. 

After, in march and april 2019 I will continue my research at Studio for Electro Instrumental Music (STEIM) a sound-art institute in Amsterdam, where the emphasis will be on researching and developing methods and techniques to sonify different materials and information. Together with Edwin Dertien I will research the different technical possibilities to make inaudible information on locations audible with the aid of the right sonic tools and custom-made electronics.

One of the goals of my research is to gain new tools and insights with which large site-specific and interactive sound-art installations and performances can be realized. Ceramic objects and electronics can be combined with the sounds of elements of the spaces in which these installations will be placed. Exhibiting and playing with these experimental setups and tools is the next stage of my research.

Because the Foundscape project has different stages, in which I will experiment extensively with materials and electronica, I am looking at different ways to finance the first two phases of my project. That’s why I started a crowdfunding campaign, through which supporters can own a piece of the project in return for their help. Saturday the 3rd of November in XPO will be the launch of the crowdfunding campaign at the opening of the Foundscape Research project, in which I will show some experiments with Edwin Dertien as an introduction to the project.


Sinds 2016 ben ik bezig met geluidskunstinstallaties onder de naam Lost & Found Orchestra. Onder deze naam heb ik tot nu toe vijf grote site-specific installaties gemaakt. In deze installaties houd ik me bezig met het schrijven van tijdelijke site-specific geluidscomposities, met behulp van ‘gevonden’ geluiden die verborgen liggen onder de oppervlaktes van fysieke materialen.

Foundscape is het volgende stadium van mijn Lost & Found Orchestra project. Voor dit project ga ik eerst drie maanden materiaalonderzoek doen bij Sundaymorning@EKWC, van november tot februari. Mijn onderzoek is gericht op de klankeigenschappen van keramiek en het ontwikkelen van keramische geluidsobjecten die gebruikt kunnen worden als instrumenten in installaties. 

Daarna, in maart en april 2019 gaat mijn onderzoek verder bij Studio for Electro Instrumental Music (STEIM), een geluidskunstinstituut in Amsterdam, waar de nadruk zal liggen op het onderzoeken en ontwikkelen van methodes en technieken om  verschillende materialen en informatie te sonificeren. Samen met Edwin Dertien zal ik de technische mogelijkheden onderzoeken om onhoorbare informatie op locaties hoorbaar te maken met behulp van de juiste sonische gereedschappen en op maat gemaakte elektronica.

Een van de doelen van mijn onderzoek is om nieuwe gereedschappen en inzichten te vergaren waarmee ruimtevullende site-specific en interactieve geluidskunstinstallaties en performances kunnen worden gerealiseerd. Keramische objecten en elektronica kunnen worden gecombineerd met de geluiden van elementen in de ruimtes waarin deze installaties komen te staan. Het exposeren en bespelen van deze experimentele opstellingen is het volgende stadium van mijn onderzoek.

Omdat het Foundscape project verschillende stadia heeft, waarin ik uitgebreid ga experimenteren met materialen en electronica, ben ik op zoek naar verschillende manieren om de eerste twee fases van mijn plan te financieren. Daarom ben ik een crowdfunding campagne begonnen, waarmee supporters een stukje van het project in hun bezit krijgen in ruil voor hun hulp. Zaterdag 3 november zal in XPO de crowdfunding campagne van start gaan bij de opening van de Foundscape Research expositie, waarin ik met Edwin Dertien enkele experimenten zal tonen als introductie van het project.



Maarten van Aken – Window of Perception



[EN] (Nederlands verder naar beneden)
Opening: 13/09/2018 – 17:00-19:00
Period: 13/09 – 23/09/2019
Open: Fr./ Sat./ Sun. 12:00-17:00
Location: Stroinksbleekweg 2, 7523 ZL, Enschede (NL)

During the opening, Maarten will enter into dialogue with architect Nick Albers about his work and process. They will talk about maartens work and proces now, in china and in the future.

Maarten van Aken is fascinated by the interrelationship between architecture, light and humans. People are rarely seen but their traces can be seen.

Powerful light defines space and intersections. A window is an intersection, a gateway, like a painting can be.

Such an intersection can be called a liminal space. A liminal space is the time between ‘what was’ and the ‘next’. It is a place of transition, yet time seems to stand still. In this place we can play with perception.

In October 2017 Maarten van Aken was an artist in residence in Dalian(China). The language barrier enforced to be silence, to listen, to observe. This resulted in a mindset of “living in the moment” and the focus shifted towards the light on unconventional combinations in local architecture.

The works in this exhibition are an attempt at capturing these moments and to build a bridge between inside and out, China and Netherlands and the physical and imaginary space.

This exhibition is a result from the warm cooperation between the city of Enschede, Dalian Zhongshan Art museum (China) and ARE (Artist Residencies Enschede

More information: Facebook event


[NL] Venster van perceptie

Opening: 13/09/2018 – 17:00-19:00
Periode: 13/09 – 23/09/2019
Open: vr./ za./ zo. 12:00-17:00
Locatie: Stroinksbleekweg 2, 7523 ZL, Enschede (NL)

Tijdens de opening gaat Maarten in dialoog met architect Nick Albers. Het gesprek zal gaan over het werk, het proces en de achtergrond van het werk van Maarten. Zowel van het werk wat hij creëerde in China, als zijn werk nu en in de toekomst.

Maarten van Aken is gefascineerd door het spanningsveld tussen architectuur, licht en de mens. De mens is zelden te zien maar zijn sporen zijn wel altijd zichtbaar.

Krachtig licht definieert een ruimte en toont zich op het snijvlak van binnen en buiten. Het venster als grens tussen twee werelden, waarbij een schilderij zelf ook als venster dient.

Een dergelijk grensvlak wordt ook wel liminal space genoemd. Een liminal space is de tijd tussen datgene wat was, en datgene wat komt. Het is een plek van transformatie, waar de tijd stil lijkt te staan. Een plek waar gespeeld kan worden met de perceptie.

In Oktober 2017 was Maarten van Aken een artist in residence in Dalian(China). De taalbarrière dwong tot stilte, luisteren en observeren. Hierdoor ontstond een mindset van “in het moment leven” en kwam de focus van het licht op de ongebruikelijke combinaties in lokale architectuur te liggen.

De werken in de tentoonstelling zijn een poging deze momenten vast te leggen en een brug te slaan tussen binnen en buiten, China en Nederland en de fysieke en imaginaire ruimte.

Deze tentoonstelling is het resultaat van de warme samenwerking tussen de gemeente Enschede, het Dalian Zhongshan Art Museum (China) en ARE (Artist Residencies Enschede.

Meer informatie: Facebook event