Stroom Stimulating Policy

Stroom Den Haag implements a stimulating policy for artists with a professional practice in The Hague. In addition to offering the necessary information and giving artists advice on their artistic practice, Stroom also organizes a.o. presentations like Ondertussen and OpZicht; publications; information meetings; round table discussions; Stroom Invest conferences; occasional presentations at art fairs in The Netherlands and abroad; and a visiting curators program.


Stroom Invest Weeks

An annual conference for promising artists from The Hague and curators from The Netherlands and abroad, organized by Stroom Den Haag in concurrence with the Invest Subsidies awarded by Stroom each year. >> survey Invest Weeks

Stroom KABK Invest Program
Supporting graduates from Royal Academy of Art The Hague (KABK)
Stroom wants to scout talent, give them support and keep them in the city of The Hague. Since 2011 Stroom organizes a special program for a select group of graduates from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (KABK). It is aimed at their artistic development, quality improvement, self-development and the broadening and strengthening of their professional artistic practice.
Stroom KABK Invest 2016: Doris Hardeman, Bas Kaufmann, Tobias Lengkeek, Suzie van Staaveren (Fine Arts)

Stroom Encouragement Award

Award for most promising graduates Royal Academy of Art The Hague (KABK)
The Aanmoedigingsprijs is an award given by Stroom Den Haag to selected students as a special incentive upon their graduation from the Royal Academy in The Hague.
>> Survey winners 1991-present.


Premium tailormade
Extra impulse for the artistic practice
In order to highlight the PRO Premium subsidy and the work of the selected Premium artists Stroom organizes a 'tailormade' program. In consultation with the artist and with several external experts, a program is developed tailored to the needs and wishes of the artist in question, with the focus on broadening their international network. Stroom is the coordinator of this program.

Premium exhibitions
For a number of years the Stroom Premium subsidy was accompanied by an exhibition organized by a guest curator.
'Speak, Memory' (2011)
'One on One' (2010)
'For the First and the Second Time' (2008-2009)
‘Lost Tongues Rediscovered' (2007)

Premium publications
Between 2009 and 2012 the Premium subsidy was accompanied by a compact publication:
2009: Channa Boon, Harold de Bree, Ton Schuttelaar, Machiel van Soest and Bram Vreven.
2010: Rachel Bacon, gerlach en koop, Marleen Sleeuwits and Zeger Reyers.
2011: Leontine Lieffering, Sara Rajaei and Vittorio Roerade.
2012: Arianne Olthaar, Gamal Ez and Thom Vink

Ouborg Award
The Ouborg Award, named after the artist Pieter Ouborg (1893-1956) from The Hague, is a municipal award for visual arts. With the Ouborg Award, The Hague shows its pride and appreciation for the level, merit, quality and supra-local significance of the nominees and the extent to which they contribute to the artistic climate in the city and to its (international) image.
The award was initially presented annually. Then gradually at most once every two years and at least once every four years. The award consists of a sum of money, an exhibition at Kunstmuseum Den Haag and a publication provided by Stroom Den Haag.
>> Survey winner 1990-present


Information meetings for The Hague artists
Each year Stroom organizes a meeting for artists from The Hague highlighting one or more specific topics from Stroom's own policy. Click on the years for more information (only available in Dutch!): 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010-2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006.

Meetings for artists
Since September 2012 Stroom Den Haag organizes meetings for artists from The Hague aimed at strenghtening their artistic practice, the sharing of ideas and the discussion of a variety of topics. >> Survey and more information (only availabe in Dutch!).

START UP - network, information and dialogue
On 3 June 2015 Stroom, in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, organized an inspiring and informative program for and about starting artists. The program focused on current developments of artistic practice and the significance of the Academy and Stroom for young artists in The Hague.
START UP 1 (2015)
START UP 2 (2016)

Studio visits by curators, artists and critics
On a monthly basis Stroom invites curators, artists and critics from The Netherlands and abroad to visit the studios of artists from The Hague. The aim is to strengthen and broaden the artists' network. You can find the list of visiting curators at the bottom of the Dutch page. >> list of visiting curators.
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Studio visits by Stroom staff members

Throughout the year Stroom staff members visit the studios of artists and art students in The Hague..


The former reception area of Stroom has been converted into a small exhibition space. On a regular basis there are presentations of artists who have received a subsidy in the categories Stroom PRO- and SPOT-grants. The informal exhibitions and presentations are intended to illustrate the diversity of the Stroom grant system. The program in the space is called Ondertussen (the Dutch word for 'meanwhile').

OpZicht is a presentation space in the lobby of Stroom Den Haag for newly registered artists from The Hague. The wall unit functions as a stand or platform where the artist can share his or her work, passion or interest with the audience. Each presentation runs for approximately 7 weeks.

Study trip for artist initiatives
Annual study trip for artist initiatives to cities abroad with an inspiring artistic climate.
>> survey of destinations

Orientational trips
In order to strengthen The Hague's international profile it is important to create and develop an international network. A vital link in this process are the artist initiatives. Representatives of theseartists initiatives are invited to travel abroad to broaden their international network.

Presentations at international art fairs
Art Amsterdam 2008 (solo Navid Nuur)
Preview Berlin 2008 (solo Ton Schuttelaar)
Art Amsterdam 2010 (solo Alon Levin)
Art Rotterdam 2013 (distribution DH///)
Art The Hague 2013 (presentation DH///)

Magazine DH///
DH/// is the third edition of the free bilingual (Dutch/English) magazine focusing on contemporary art in The Hague. The publication sheds light on the city's diverse and unique artistic climate, and reflects the full breadth of The Hague's contemporary art scene. Distributed both within the Netherlands and abroad, DH/// can serve as a guide when exploring The Hague's rich cultural infrastructure.
In 2008 Stroom published the pilot issue DH/ and in 2010 the second edition DH// was released. All issues are sold out but can be read online.

Weblog Jegens & Tevens
The weblog Jegens & Tevens (launched and initiated in 2011 by Stroom den Haag) 2011) is an independent platform for and by artists in The Hague.

Online database The Hague artists
Stroom Den Haag has an extensive database with information and documentation about more than 850 artists who live and/or work in The Hague and who are registered as a professional artist with Stroom Den Haag. You are welcome to browse through the artists' digital portfolios on this site: