Open Space [reach] – Open Studio

Fri 17 September
Free Entrance

The Grey Space launches its first Open Space residency with Karel van Laere in an open studio event. Get to know more about the artist and the development of his project Reach over dinner and drinks. This is the first of three public events that offer insight into Van Laere’s work in progress.

Karel van Laere - Reach

For this first Open Space working period at The Grey Space artist Karel van Laere will work on his project Reach from September to November 2021. The starting point of this three month residency is his fascination with laparoscopic instruments (robotic tools used for surgery).

Open Space

Aiming to act as a catalyst in the artistic practice of contemporary makers, The Grey Space hosts the annual residency Open Space. Open Space is inspired by radical relationism, which can best be explained following the basic principles of particle physics, where in order to study the most fundamental matter of which our universe is composed, things are combined solely to see what unexpected outcomes emerge.

During a three month working period a maker is invited to appropriate The Grey Space. Together they investigate the needs of a proposed project and for its development The Grey Space provides space, resources and tools, opens up its network, provides feedback and organises public events. During the working period often illogical or unexpected connections emerge with thinkers, makers, organisations, companies, tools and professionals from other domains, which all influence the project.

The events allow the public to experience work in progress and to be involved in the development, and in turn allow the maker to be inspired by input of the public.


Join us for dinner. Menu to be announced.

  • Between 18:30 and 21:00 dinner is served.
  • The cafe and terrace are opened from 16:00 until 22:00.
  • Payment at the bar (pin only).
  • Students get 20% discount on the drink menu.
  • Reservations: via Please mention your name, the amount of guests, the date and which dish you would like.

Reach is a project by Karel van Laere developed in a co-production by The Grey Space in the Middle and Stichting Largo and is made possible by the City of The Hague, Stroom Den Haag, Amarte Fonds, the In Art We Trust Fund (by We Are Public) and Laparoscopyboxx (a brand of Outside the Boxx).