Author Archives: Rik Dijkhuizen

A Pool Without a Rim

Tamara Kuselman
Residency: 21 October – 30 November
Performance: 28 November
Exhibition: 3 November – 18 December / 14 January – 6 February

Accompanying presentation:
Time: navigating through the HMK archive

Presentation-in-progress: 22 October – 18 December / January 14 – 6 February


Summer residency: project space at7

While a 7×4 meter pool by artist in residence Rik Dijkhuizen fills our chapel (on view until 13 September), Hotel Maria Kapel [HMK] presents resident project space at7 and a public programme that explores how we can host and care for our communities, local and international, with pleasure and accountability. Please join us for a day of learning, lounging, eating and performances curated by at7 on 22 August.

To That Special Someone, Part II – summer at HMK
A day of performances and care: Saturday, 22 August 2020, 12.00 – 21.00


Happier Than a Seagull with a French Fry

Priscila Fernandes
Residency dates: 1 June – 11 July, 2020
Open for public: 11 June – 11 July, 2020
Cinema: Priscila Fernandes, Portrait of an Artist

After almost three months of being closed to the public, Hotel Maria Kapel [HMK] re-opened its doors for the public with Happier Than a Seagull with a French Fry by artist Priscila Fernandes. With this residency we invited visitors to witness the creation of an impressive new work in Fernandes’ Labour Series, an ongoing reflection on the dichotomy between work and leisure. In times of an almost complete collapse of the boundaries between work private life, socialising and time to enjoy, Fernandes’ project offers a possibility to reflect on the connections between work, our bodies and the systems that connect them.


process: Happier Than a Seagull with a French Fry

Priscila Fernandes
Residency dates: 1 June – 11 July, 2020
Open for public: 11 June – 11 July, 2020
Cinema: Priscila Fernandes, Portrait of an Artist

With Happier Than a Seagull with a French Fry by artist Priscila Fernandes we invited visitors to witness the creation of an impressive new work in Fernandes’ Labour Series, an ongoing reflection on the dichotomy between work and leisure. A photo report.


In response to Black Lives Matter and the upcoming demonstration in Hoorn

On Saturday, FvD leader Thierry Baudet placed flowers at the foot of the statue of Jan Pieterszoon Coen (1587-1629) in celebration of “his hero”. Although there should be room for different voices to speak up, we do not find the racist and horrific actions of the past heroic. We are in support of the removal of the statue of Coen and will be participating in the peaceful demonstration tomorrow evening (19 June, 19.00, Roode Steen, Hoorn) and strongly feel the demonstration should go forward as planned. We invite everyone who believes in rethinking, rewriting and changing history to work for a better present and future to join the gathering.



New online programme, reflecting on recent events regarding the COVID-19 crisis, exploring ways of caring and coping, finding a new normal and imagining possible futures for ourselves and cultural institutions.

Continue reading about ON THE LINE, or visit us on Facebook or Instagram

With FORUM, three open discussion pages on our website, we want to actively involve you to help us (and each other!) shed more light on three issues, regardless of your (professional) background or situation.

Go straight to FORUM 1: Crisis – A multitude of perspectives

Go straight to FORUM 2: Reframing – Finding a new normal

Go straight to FORUM 3: How to go ahead – cultural institutions

Contributions can be short or long, personal or descriptive, English or Dutch, and you may refer to other resources, initiatives, sites, or organizations. The most inspiring/interesting contributions will be (after your approval) shared on our social media. The ultimate goal is to get a good overview of the current situation, but also imagines what a better future could look like, for ourselves and for cultural institutions such as HMK. Take care!

Crisis: a multitude of perspectives

The recent outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the far-reaching precautions made to fight its rapid spread, many lives being turned upside down, entire countries locking down, practicing social distancing, working from home or sitting at home without work, uncertainty about the future, anxiety, loneliness – we are all experiencing big changes in our personal and professional lives.

Help us map a multitude of perspectives on the current situation by answering the following question:

What changes have you experienced in your personal and/or professional life and what (emotional, social, financial) challenges are you facing because of that, now and in the foreseeable future?


Reframing: finding a ‘new normal’

We are all facing a time of great uncertainty. What do practices of care look like from our homes, our sofas? How do we cope (emotionally and practically) in times of uncertainty? When income disappears? When we find ourselves distanced from our loved ones, the people who care for us and who we care about and for? When we need to carve new ways to go ahead? As we try to flesh out a new normal?

Many of us are currently exploring ways to withstand or move through the challenging times, now and ahead – as well as the feelings of stress, anxiety and loneliness caused by it. We take care, of our situation, ourselves and our loved ones, by coming up with creative solutions that help us overcome current obstacles and challenges, routines that keeps us sane, new ventures that can keep us occupied and inspire us.  Or we use this time of social distancing to reflect on our lives and rethink what matters most to us and what we want to do differently, both individually and collectively. In other words: we are all, in one way or another, trying to give shape and adjust to a new normal.

We would love to hear from you! Please help us think about how we could reframe the current situatio by answering the following question:

What do you do to take care (emotionally, socially, financially), how do you give shape to this new normal, and what can we learn and take with us while imagining the future?


How to go ahead: cultural institutions

The last decade has been a dire time for cultural institutions like HMK. One the one hand there have been serious cuts in funding and on the other higher pressures on institutional performance and organisational efficiency – which, in turn, has resulted in overproducing and overworking across the cultural sphere. With Slow Burn, our year programme, we are taking time to care: to reflect on all the things we have been doing, to recuperate from the things we did wrong or too much, and to ask ourselves what HMK could do and be in the future – for the institution, its artists, its employees and its community.

Recently, these questions seem even more pressing and urgent, albeit in ways none of us had ever imagined. How can cultural institutions adjust and learn in these new and precarious times, even when the doors are closed? We would really appreciate your thoughts! Afterall, we run this place for you. In our third and final forum we would like you to share your thoughts by answering the following question:

What challenges do cultural institutions like HMK need to overcome now, and what can they do and be, now and in the future?


HMK is closed

We’ve taken time to reflect and have decided that HMK will remain closed until 4 June, due to the recent developments concerning the Covid-19 pandemic.


13 Februari: Instant Choir

Thursday, 13 February, 7:30-9:15 pm
Admittance: €10,- per session, €27,- for 3 sessions
(Free admittance if you follow lessons at Muziekschool Boedijn or if you’re voluntering at HMK)
Please rsvp by sending an email to


Enjoy the holiday season

HMK is closed and out of office until 5 January. For urgent matters, please ring +316 136 58 339.

At the moment we are performing some care to our website. For a chronological overview of HMK’s activities over the past view months, please click on ‘projects’. Click on ‘expo archive’ to look into HMK’s past exhibitions.

kevin hunt, beweme

BEWEME is an open source, unlimited edition, single colour Risograph print that tessellates into a ‘wallpaper’. Designed to be a backdrop, installed within the social areas of public institutions; interior spaces people gather, work and interact.

public event: solid care

A one-day conversation on art spaces and residencies as spaces of care
Wednesday 30 October, 14.30-19.30 h.
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The newly appointed Editorial Committee of Hotel Maria Kapel [HMK], Maja Bekan and Miriam Wistreich, in collaboration with Griet Menschaert, cordially invite you to join us for the launch of the research programme Slow Burn at HMK.


Tender Loving Care – Kevin Hunt & Harriet Rose Morley

For the period September-October 2019, artists Kevin Hunt and Harriet Rose Morley have been invited to redevelop the reception rooms of HMK. Together they will investigate how the spaces are currently being used, where the specific needs of the users and the public lie, and come up with inventive solutions to turn HMK into a pleasant, welcome place again. This ‘update’ does not proceed according to a predetermined plan but must be understood as an ongoing dialogue between artist, space and the organization. At the end of October the first results will be shown at HMK.

HMK has launched a crowdfunding campaign for this project. Donate now via, receive nice rewards and help us to realize this project.


Tender Loving Care – Self-care in self-build

Thursday 19 September HMK organised a DIY furniture test workshop together with one of the current artists in residence, Harriet Morley. The HMK team and the participants of the De Appel Curatorial Programme were invited to work together on building a chair, solely using wooden sticks, a saw, a hammer and some nails.


Tender Loving Care for HMK

Crowdfunding campaign: 31 aug – 6 okt 2019

HMK needs your help to perform some much needed maintenance to the entrance, bar, shop and office. With your donation to the crowdfunding campaign we can turn the building back into a pleasant, welcome place for artists, employees and visitors.


We are on holiday until 22 August

Due to our annual production stop during the summer we will be closed 1 to 22 August. Hope to see you after the summer!

Photo: Alicja Bielawska, before the transit after the shift (installation view at HMK), 2014.

Arvo Leo film programme

18 July, 7-10 pm
Arvo Leo film programme

19.30: screening The Orchids/Had the Look of Flowers That Are Looked At (2018) and Two Gardens (2019)
20.00: short q&a and small break
20:30: screening Fish Plane, Heart Clock (full feature film, HD video, 60 min., 2014)

Free admittance
Let us know you’re coming by sending an email to


Open Call: TLC for HMK (closed)

Open Call; TLC for HMK

Hotel Maria Kapel [HMK] is looking for an artist/designer/maker or a group of creative producers to help us rethink the spaces and give some TLC* to the old chapel that HMK inhabits, hereby mainly focusing on the entrance area and the offices (see photo’s).

(Our Open Call is closed.)



Participants: Rachel Alliston, Tomás Bartoletti, Rob Blake, Season Butler, Irene de Craen, Raphaël Grisey, Judith Lavagna, David Magnus, Mahony, Gerald Mandl, Luz Peuscovich, Esper Postma, Jerop Seurei, Sári Stenczer, Aiko Tezuka, Jasmijn Visser, Bruno Watara, Leo Zhao
18 – 21 July 2018



Laura Huertas Millán, Sandra Gamarra, Claudia Martínez Garay, Adrián Balseca, Gianfranco Piazzini, Ana Vaz, Arturo Kameya
Video programme: Wednesday 18 April
Entrance 7.30 pm, start 8.00 pm (free admission)