The Hague growing as city for artists and creatives

Published: 27 February 2018Modified: 27 February 2018

In many places in the Netherlands it is becoming increasingly difficult for artists to find affordable working spaces as a result of the economy recovery. However, The Hague has been successful in realising 8 permanent incubators for artists and creatives in the last 2 years. In this way The Hague is reinforcing its position as city of creatives and artists.

In addition to the number of existing incubators in the city, such as Quartair and DCR, many new nesting ground were added in the city in 2016 and 2017 including Seelab on the Duinstraat, Het Gheijnpaleis on the De Gheijnstraat, WD4X on the Willem Dreespark, De Theaterloods on the Laan van Poot, Bronco on the Hoge Zand, Art-S-Cool on the Ferdinand Bolstraat, De Besturing on the Saturnusstraat and Maakhaven on the 1e Lulofsdwarsstraat.

In addition to adding permanent studio and work space, the municipality’s policy calls for making temporary nesting spots possible, especially for beginning artists. Temporary spots add an extra dynamic to the city’s art scene. As of April a group of recent art academy graduates are starting a new nesting spot at the corner of the Scheldestraat and Pletterijkade.

Making these locations accessible to a large and diverse audience is also an important goal. A separate subsidy will be granted to incubators to organise cultural activities. The municipality has supported cultural platforms like We Are Public and The Hague Contemporary, which encourage a new audience to visit cultural events.

The municipality's policy has resulted in more artists and creatives locating to The Hague.