Ondertussen: Billytown

29 September - 16 December 2012
Location: Hogewal 1-9, The Hague
Open: Monday-Friday: 11 am-5 pm; Saturday-Sunday: 12 noon-5 pm

The artist initiative Billytown was founded in 2003 and until 2011 occupied two different industrial buildings in Rijswijk. There Billytown offered studio spaces to artists and organized a number of activities, including two big group exhibitions. Since 2011 Billytown occupies a former school building on the Ekensteinstraat in the area of Moerwijk in The Hague. The building houses some 14 studio spaces for visual artists, architects and designers. In addition there are two guest studios for visiting artists from both the Netherlands and abroad. And there are two exhibition spaces that can be used for a program of cultural events. The courtyard is used to grow vegetables and a number of chickens supply fresh eggs on a daily basis.

The organization is run as a collective. Everyone involved is asked to be active and work together for the communal cause. Great importance is given to the social aspect, with food as a social agent.

In the Ondertussen exhibition space Billytown presents an overview of past activities, with the emphasis on  Just Namedropping, dating from 2010-2011. The banners were designed by Robin van Wijk, a designer from The Hague, who has a studio in Billytown. The screenprint was desigend and made by Julian Sirre.

For the Just Namedropping program Billytown received financial support in the form of a PRO Kunstprojecten subsidy.


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 (Meanwhile).

Archive Ondertussen presentations

Banner design by Robin van Wijk