Since 1984 Bart Drost has his studio in the former dairy Maas and Waal at Nijmegen. In 1992 he founded the Association Maas and Waal and bought the property. In 1993 he started there on the ground floor MAAS-space for art.
There was quite a bit going on in the old dairy since Drost has his studio and many renovations took place: the studio was on the top floor, on the middle floor and on the ground floor. Sometimes simultaneously on all floors. The entrance originally used through the basement stairs, then through the main entrance on the Graafseweg 183a and increasingly also the back entrance Hatertertseveldweg 26.
From 1995 to 2010, the MAAS activities slowed down, but in 2011 with great enthusiasm the activities went further and Drost's alter ego Mr.MAAS came up. He regularly since then organizes during the last weekend of the month public activities in the field of art in his studio, for which occasion time and time again he "dismantles" the studio so the monumental area completely is at the disposal of whom at that time just want to do a project. More than once he links to put on requesting another unknown artists to each create a project MAAS.
Artists don't have to pay for the use of the studio. There is no funding, no subsidy. Independence is a great thing ...
After all, the MAAS program started to require so much energy and time that Drost's own art practice was in danger of being squeezed. Since 2017, he has therefore once again used the space of MAAS in its entirety as his own studio space. However, this does not mean the end of MAAS as a project! It's time for a rest.
For more information please visit the website of MAAS, which is unfortunatly only in Dutch: www.maasartistresidence.nl.