Midseason 22


open call: 19 sept

program: 08 nov - 16 dec

exhibition: 16 - 18 dec  2022



Terwijl historische schepen in de binnenstad van Groningen verschijnen voor WinterWelVaart, starten zes kunstenaars het midseason programma bij het resort. De geselecteerde kunstenaars: Marijke Klamer, Michiel Teeuw, Siem de Boer, Sjors Smit, Sojung Lee, Wooryun Song.


Het programma van dit jaar verkent mislukkingen als prestaties, schrijfworkshops, excursies en het concept en de planning van de tentoonstelling. Dit jaar duiken de kunstenaars in de nautische geschiedenis en varen ze naar 53°13'06.3"N 6°33'30.4"E om het nautische leven en vocabulaire te onderzoeken en te bestuderen. Binnenkort meer info.

Net als in de vorige editie bestaat de groep uit 3 niet-Groninger en 3 Groninger kunstenaars, om ervaringen uit te wisselen over verschillende disciplines, academische levens en kunstscènes. Om zo te leren hoe ze hun schip kunnen navigeren in een zee vol artistieke mogelijkheden, sturend beleid en onverwachte wervelingen.


De kunstenaars wordt gevraagd collectief een tentoonstelling te maken en individueel site-specific werken te maken. De tentoonstellingslocatie is dit jaar een schip dat deel uitmaakt van het WinterWelVaart festival.



Schip: De Pelikaan



Vrijdag 17:00 – 22:00

Zaterdag 12:00 – 22:00

Zondag 12:00 - 18:00


Dit project is in samenwerking met Stichting Historische Haven Hoogkerk, Museum aan de Aa en WinterWelVaart.



Ellen de Haan - coordination, program, design

Gisanne Hendriks - coordination, program, production

Lisa Pison - intern

As historical ships start to appear in the city centre of Groningen for WinterWelVaart, six artists start the midseason program at het resort. The selected artists: Marijke Klamer, Michiel Teeuw, Siem de Boer, Sjors Smit, Sojung Lee, Wooryun Song.


This year’s program explores failures as achievements, writing workshops, field trips and exhibition’s concept and planning. This year the artists will dive into nautical history and set sail to 53°13'06.3"N 6°33'30.4"E to research and study nautical life and vocabulary.

As in the previous edition, the group includes 3 non-Groninger and 3 Groninger artists, so as to exchange experiences regarding different disciplines, academic lives and art scenes. So to learn how to navigate their ship in a sea full of artistic opportunities, steering policies and unexpected swirls.


The artists are asked to collectively create an exhibition and individually make site-specific works. This year’s exhibition’s venue is a ship that is part of the WinterWelVaart festival.

May They Have Fair Winds and Following Seas!




Ship: De Pelikaan



Friday 17:00 - 22:00

Saturday 12:00 - 22:00

Sunday 12:00 - 18:00


This project is in collaboration with Stiching Historische Haven Hoogkerk, Museum aan de Aa and WinterWelVaart.



Ellen de Haan - coordination, program, design

Gisanne Hendriks - coordination, program, production

Lisa Pison - intern

PROGRAM       unfold to read

  • #1: Introduction: city cruise & cocktails

    Marijke Klamer: "In the morning we met at the resort headquarters with Gisanne en Ellen. We got some beautiful red rain hats as a gift with our names embroidered on them. Then we did a round of introducing ourselves to each other. We spoke about the things we like to do but also about recent failures we had, which was a nice thing to talk about because we realized that it’s often just a part of the process or can lead to new ideas. In the afternoon we went on a boat tour through the canals of Groningen, it was fun to look at the city from a tourist perspective. Afterwards we went to the forum to end the day with some cocktails. "

  • #2: field-trip to ship gouwzee & photoshoot

    Michiel Teeuw: "After a short bike ride, we arrive at a rectangular building, of ribbed silver metal with a blue lining at the top. To the right, tons of cars pass by. To the left is water with tons of boats like BREG and CAS. We walk over tons of autumn leaves, underneath a small plate roofing and end up in the shipyard. Planks, plates, rods and other gibberish rest against the walls. To get to the ship, we have to jump on and off other ones, walk on small paths, and thus we arrive. The boat is very slanty, and as Siem remarks, you can see the layers of history. The renovation of the ship Gouwzee that Benne and Servaas (Stichting Historische Haven Hoogkerk) started is also related to this history: they are planning to organise art exhibitions on this ship. It will be placed in Hoogkerk, where a historical harbor will host eight ships giving different stories of nautical history. Someone used to live on this boat - he disappeared.


    Marijke asks why boats have round windows. Servaas answers that

    [ i ] Ships have round windows because square windows break more easily when the force of water pushes against them.


    The group wonders about the etymology of "patrijspoort". Apparently, I found out later when googling, it is a comparison to the "arse" or fallopian tube opening of a <partridge>, where the eggs would come through - poort used to be a synonym for asshole. Good to know.


    There is an engine in the boat. It could be working within three days, Servaas mentions, but the ship will not be moving. That would require a lot of extra money and burocracy. In the living room of the previous inhabitant, I find a copy of Kafka's Process. We wander around the ship, exploring all the corners and such - after which we go upstairs to do our photoshoot. The air of autumn has arrived and slightly cuts through our clothing."

  • #3: presenting & reflecting on work | w/ syb circles

    Siem de Boer: “On this day we came together with the midseason residents and two special guests: Alina Lupu and Anika Mariam Ahmed at SYB in Beetsterzwaag. Sadly Arnisa Zeqo (the director of SYB) couldn’t join us for the day. Together with their experienced eye we tried dissecting our works in different rounds of presenting and questioning, to get to know each other better.


    We all spent a part of the day talking about our recent works that we felt represented us artistically. We got to know each other a little better and how we feel moving forward in the art field. The talks were interesting and explorative, where critical questioning resulted in exciting new views about our practice but also about our way of questioning. As a group we found some deeper connection from the various invitations in each other's practices.”

HET RESORT IS supported by:

Mondriaan Fund, Gemeente Groningen