The Artist-in-Residence Program provides local and visiting artists, curators, and researchers with accomodation and studio facilities at the Tile Factory, providing a unique space for the creation, development and exchange of creative ideas and projects. The program serves most of all as a meeting place for artists: facilitating creative encounters, discussions and the exchange of experiences, and then opening these up to the public, acting as a conduit to the outside world.

In a sense, the residency acts as an incubator for the creation and exchange of ideas, experiences and representations. In the course of residency, our public - both within the region and further afield - are encouraged to engage with activities planned to help create awareness of one's own cultural difference and uniqueness. Each artist is given the opportunity to propose and focus on a particular project while in residence, which may be influenced or inspired by the reality of daily life in the city, the country and the region. Opportunities to work with local artists and the local community during the residencies will be plentiful and strongly encouraged.  

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Scarlett Hooft Graafland

While still an art student, Hooft Graafland made her way to Jerusalem as an Al Ma’mal artist-in-residence from 1999-2000. She became interested in the city’s history, especially in significance of the city to the three world religions. She researched the ‘Jerusalem Syndrome,’ a phenomena that some travelers and residents of the city experience. They develop an extremely idealized view of Jerusalem and begin to think and act in a bizarre and irrational fashion. Literally intoxicated by the Holy City, some are even declared temporarily insane due to the extremity of their beliefs. The result of her residency was Part Time Human, in which Hooft Graafland questions issues about the “real” Jesus in reaction to the overwhelming sale of Jesus figurines, while making reference to issues with which people suffering from the ‘Jerusalem Syndrome’ must deal. She created miniature figurines of sheep and Jesus heads made from natural olive soap, utilizing the same traditional soap-making methods produced in the Nablus soap factory. 

Born in Maam, the Netherlands in 1973, Scarlett studied sculpture at the Minerva Academy in Groningen, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts at the Hague, and participated in the Program for Young Artists in Fine Arts at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. She has exhibited solo and as part of a group. Solo exhibitions include the Michael Hoppen Gallery, London; Vous Etes Ici Gallery, Amsterday; De Nederlandse Bank, Amdsterdam, and Part Time Human, Gallery Anaiel, Jerusalem. 

Group exhibitions include the Hyeres Photo Festival, France; Renos Xippas Gallery, Paris; the Gist Gallery, Brummen Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, Netherlands, and Xiamen Univeristy in China.

More information can be found on her website