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Atlas Initiatief

Veilingkade 12b
4815 HC Breda
The Netherlands


The AIR program of the Atlas Initiative will start in 2022. We will facilitate artistic and scientific projects with the sea-sailing ship ‘Atlas’ (former Polish fishing vessel, 1974). All oceans, coastal areas and sea ports belong to our workfield.


Stijn de Geus (yacht builder) and Laura Schippers (visual artist) are the initiators of the Atlas Initiatief. We are currently building our ideal living and working vessel in Breda, where we are part of the cultural area ‘Haveneiland’. In between renovations there are various art events on board, on a regulary base. For us, the ideal studio is nomadic and self-sufficient, whereby the studio is not a private matter, but is shared with others which is a win-win situation. We make a project possible by, for example, taking the resident to a remote location on the Atlantic Ocean. And the resident brings us to unknown places, which in turn gives us nourishment to come to new work. During a residence at sea, there is intensive cooperation and living, so that you become involved in each other’s work. The exchange of ideas and views and the experience of a sea voyage contribute to the development of each other’s practices.


Professional artists and scientists can apply by submitting a project plan. It is advisable to register a project early, so that we can include it in our annual agenda. In this agenda we announce the annual sailing route, projects and places that we visit. It is also possible to sail part of the sailing route with us. One of the most important criteria is the feasibility of the project plan.

Contact information


Veilingkade 12b
4815 HC Breda
The Netherlands

+31 (0)6 48073801

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