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Open call for the ‘UP Street (Artists in Residence)’ pop-up museum

During the Eurovision Song Contest, international musicians represent their country on the stage of Ahoy. A mere stone’s throw away from there, at Theater Zuidplein, a stage for international street artists will be created. The outside of the theater will be painted by Rotterdam artist Tymon de Laat, with a surprising and appropriate mural design. But its insides will be transformed into a bona fide pop-up street art museum, for which artists can apply now!


Tymon de Laat in front of his mural at the Bergweg in Rotterdam.

Street artists who are citizens in one of the six countries qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest finals (United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany, Italy and The Netherlands) can apply. All forms of urban contemporary art are welcome. Mural art, interventions, paste-ups, stencil art; whatever your medium of choice is, you can apply. Out of all applicants, one artist per country will be chosen to travel to Rotterdam for a fully serviced stay, and transform the insides of Theater Zuidplein. You will be paid a flat fee in exchange for your work.

The building is set to be demolished in the summer of 2020, but during the Eurovision Song Contest and the two weeks leading up to it, the venue will be transformed into an international street art museum. The location will also be included as a hotspot in the Rewriters010 app, which serves as a popular guide to street art in Rotterdam.

On May 6th the artists will be introduced to each other, the City of Rotterdam, and the building that will form their canvas. On May 10 the official opening of the pop-up museum takes place, which will be festively closed again on May 17.

Want to apply? Please fill in the form before the end of March 15. If you’re selected, you will be contacted on March 22 at the latest.