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Every year, St. Joost School of Art & Design awards two residency prizes to talented makers who can use a one-month working period to develop new work at two special locations. The Van Gogh AiR selected Loran van de Wier, a graduate of the Art & Research Breda study programme, as the lucky winner. 

Van Gogh AiR for Loran van de Wier
Loran van de Wier, graduate of the Art & Research department in Breda, has been declared winner of the fifth edition of the Van Gogh AiR Prize. Loran can stay for a month as ‘artist-in-residence’ in the guest studio next to the old verger’s house from Van Gogh’s time. Loran receives an artist’s fee of € 1000,-. The Van Gogh Gallery provides guidance, publicity and contributes to the publication of the work. Loran will subsequently have an exhibition in the Van GoghGalerie. Loran was selected from the applications which were judged on the quality of the work and its suitability to take part in the residency in Zundert. Both affinity with Van Gogh and the location as well as intention for the work period played a role.

Ron Dirven, Vincent Van GoghHuis curator: “The work of the candidates was diverse and of a good standard. Only after careful deliberation did the jury make its choice. The Van Gogh AiR Prize goes to an artist who is versatile in several disciplines; who actively seeks collaboration with other artists as well as with the local community; who turns life into art and vice versa; who seeks the ingredients in Van Gogh’s peasant village for innovative work, not only in form but also in taste. The choice fell on an artist who sees the board as a canvas: Loran van de Wier.”