The Dooyewaard Foundation aims to acquire and maintain studios and adjacent living quarters in Blaricum. In this way the Foundation will retain and give further shape to Blaricum’s original character as a village of artists. The Foundation aims to create working-and meeting spaces for artists who specifically contribute to the Dutch art world. Creating meeting- and exhibition space in Blaricum to stimulate the art climate in a more general way derives from this intention.  



The Dooyewaard Foundation derives its name from brothers painters Jacob (1976-1969) and Willem Dooyewaard (1892-1980). Jacob settled in Blaricum and when William, who travelled the world extensively while drawing and painting, returned home he joined his brother there in 1933. William settled in Blaricum with his wife Jacoba Reinders, whom he had married in Kobe, Japan.  



Willem’s widow Jacoba Dooyewaard left her estate to the Foundation with the aim to not only preserve the few studios that were still standing from the many that had made Laren and Blaricum an artists’ colony about a century before but also to have them being used again by artists. The Dooyewaard Foundation now owns several artist studios in Blaricum including one from about 1905 which during the crucial summer of 1917 was used by Piet Mondrian. Art historians presumed this studio (a wooden shed) to have been demolished in the 1920s to make way for a private villa but it recently turned out to have been moved from its original site to another location in Blaricum. It is in remarkably authentic condition. The Dooyewaard Foundation recently acquired it, thus saving it from near certain demolition.



The Dooyewaard Foundation is working on a project to restore this studio as well as others from that period to make these studios available for artists in residence again. After the project is completed the Foundation will be the owner of six studios. These will form the nucleus of an artists’ colony in Blaricum. This colony should ideally be part of a chain of art colonies all over the world, so artists can travel again from one artists’ community to the next and have the same experiences and interactions as those artists who wandered all over the world about a century ago to discuss peace and understanding as well as artistic developments. Laren/Blaricum, Hagen, Darmstadt, Ascona, Montmartre, Vallauris, Valencia, Bali etc. to name just a few of these places.



We are looking for sponsors who share our vision and who would like to team up with us. Sponsors for example could in exchange for an interest free loan or donation adopt one of these studios to start their own prize linked to a competition. The winner of the competition would then have the right to live and work in the studio for a certain period of time at cost. The upkeep and day-to-day care of the studio will be taken care of by the Dooyewaard Foundation.

At present we already have one foundation willing to adopt one of the studios. This foundation will establish a Gerrit-van-Houten Award for painters who work in a realistic tradition. Gerrit van Houten was a painter from Groningen (in the North of the Netherlands) who lived from 1866-1934.

We are also looking for other enthusiasts with similar initiatives who would like to participate in the chain of artists’ colonies.