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The Blue House, lJburg, Amsterdam

The Blue House Fact Sheet

Title of Project

The Blue House


Jeanne van Heeswijk, Yane Calovski, Dennis Kaspori, Hervé Paraponaris, m7red, Nicoline Koek, Silvia Russel, Marthe van Eerdt, Rudy J. Luyters, Cheikh ‘Papa’ Sakho, Barbara Holub, Paul Rajakovics, Orgacom, Joost Grootens, Marianne Maasland, Marga Wijman, Marcel Möring, Inga Zimprich, Howard Chan, Tere Recarens, Carel Weeber, Wilfried Hou Je Bek, Daniela Paes Leão, Amy Plant, Ella Gibbs, Jo van der Spek, Igor Dobricic and Johan Siebers. Johan Bakker, Sonia Boyce, Roé Cerpac, Peter van Keulen, Elke Krasny, Marjolein Schaap, Cesare Pietroiusti, Sarah van Sonsbeeck, Dirk van Weelden, Nicky Zwaan.


Project initiated and led by artist Jeanne van Heeswijk in collaboration with Dennis Kaspori and Hervé Paraponaris.


May 2005


December 2009


IJburg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


In 1996, Amsterdam City Council proceeded with the development of IJburg, a new residential being created on a cluster of manmade islands east of the city.  IJburg is set for completion in 2012, by which time it will provide 18,000 dwellings for 45,000 residents.

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Situated within one of the residential blocks, The Blue House has been taken off the market for four years on the initiative of artist Jeanne van Heeswijk. During this time it will act as a centre for cultural production, researching into and documenting the genesis and evolution of IJburg’s community.


As well as free accommodation, the Blue House offers each visiting artist a EUR 6,000 fee for the six month residency, plus travel expenses.

Funding sources

As The Blue House has no single, regular source of public funding, artist residency costs and project overheads are financed from a variety of sources.

The Blue House’s Hospitality programme strand has been developed as Stage Four of ALMOSTREAL, a European Cultural Foundation project supporting and researching artistic collaboration within different cultural contexts in Europe.

Summary Artists’ Brief

Artists, architects and creative thinkers of various nationalities are invited to live and work in the house on six month residencies, undertaking live research and producing artworks and projects which examine the evolving urban space and contribute to the building of community history and identity.

Project Lead Artist

Jeanne van Heeswijk in collaboration with Dennis Kaspori.

Contact for further information

Irene den Hartoog

Het Blauwe Huis

Willy Mullenskade 13

1087 KH Amsterdam

Tel: 0031(0)6 514 174 95 3859 5379

[email protected]

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Rudy J. Luijters