Together Grolsch and Unseen have created the Grolsch Unseen Residency: a scholarship given annually to one artist to create a new body of work within the local urban creative landscape of that year’s chosen European city. The chosen artist will be urged to look at the urban space in alternative and uncommon ways. The resulting work from the residency will be launched at the following edition of Unseen Amsterdam.
Thomas Kuijpers during his residency, 2018 © Martijn Melis
Winner Grolsch Unseen Residency 2017
The Grolsch Unseen Residency 2017 awarded Thomas Kuijpers (NL, 1985) to be housed in Stockholm for two months in April-May 2018. During the residency Kuijpers is working closely with professional photographers and other leaders of the local creative industry to challenge understandings in unconventional ways. In his project, In Search of Something Better, Kuijpers focuses on the limitations of an utopian vision in a Swedish context. The final work will be unveiled at Unseen Amsterdam 2018.
Nominees Grolsch Unseen Residency 2017
The five nominees for the second edition of the Grolsch Unseen Residency are Sofia Ayarzagoitia (MX, 1987), Thomas Kuijpers (NL, 1985), Jannemarein Renout (NL, 1969), Yusuf Senvincli (TR, 1980) and Daniel Shea (US, 1985).
2017 International Jury
This year’s international jury that selected the nominees consisted of Tristan Lund (Photography Consultant, Collection Curator at The Incite Project), Shinji Otani (Photographer) and Salvatore Vitale (Photographer, Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of YET Magazine).
The five nominees were invited to work on a more extensive proposal for the Grolsch Unseen Residency. The jury has chosen the final winner for the Grolsch Unseen Residency based on their submitted proposal.
Winner Grolsch Unseen Residency 2016
The winner of the first edition of the Grolsch Unseen Residency was Lana Mesić (HR, 1987), selected during Unseen Amsterdam 2016 out of 61 premiering artists by an international jury consisting of Alison Nordstrom (curator, US), Jenny Nordquist (Artistic Director, Landskrona Foto Festival, SE) and Karin Andreasson (Photo Editor, The Guardian, SE). Lana Mesić has finished a two-month residency in London, where she worked closely with photography professionals including Simon Bainbridge (Editor in Chief, British Journal of Photography) and Olivier Richon (Head of Photography Programme, Royal College of Arts), as well as with leaders of the local creative industry. Her new body of work was unveiled during Unseen Amsterdam 2017 in the exhibtion The Currency of Ideas.
2016 International Jury
The 2016 the international jury consisted of Alison Nordstrom (curator, US), Jenny Nordquist (Artistic Director, Landskrona Foto Festival, SE) and Karin Andreasson (Photo Editor, The Guardian, SE). From 61 premiering artists presented, the jury chose the final winner for the Grolsch Unseen Residency which was announced in November 2016.
Sharing the perspective that conventions must be challenged to create something new, Grolsch and Unseen have formed a partnership to encourage emerging artists to look at the urban environment with fresh eyes. The residency offers the artist a platform where they get the chance to excel and gain exposure within the international art world, when their work is presented at Unseen Amsterdam 2017.
"We are delighted to partner with Unseen in setting up this residency. Grolsch has always supported creative culture and has a legacy of collaborating with creative leaders in the world of art, film and photography. This new partnership perfectly highlights our mission to encourage unconventional thinking and celebrate the progress creativity brings”. - Ronald van Amerongen (Global Brand Director, Grolsch)