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Amsterdam, NH, 1013 AS

+31 (0)20 2629913

Beautiful Distress was founded on the concept that there is a great deal of mental suffering, that not enough people are aware of this and that not enough is done to stop it.

The Foundation uses art in an attempt to open up the world of psychiatry and battle the stigma attached to it.

Why art? Beautiful Distress believes that art is pre-eminently capable of articulating and depicting the human condition



Beautiful Distress is grateful for the support of,  amongst others, the following institutions and individuals:


  • The Art of Impact: financial support by the Dutch government of our program 
  • Civilence notarissen: assistance with the incorporation of the Foundation
  • Price Waterhouse Coopers: assistance with obtaining the cultural PBO (ANBI) status
  • Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy: address and office facilities
  • The Fifh Season: cooperation in various ways
  • Mondriaan Fonds: directly sponsors the artist
  • The Salvation Army: financial support and expertise
  • Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds / Banning de Jong Fonds: Financial support
  • City of Amsterdam: Financial support
  • Bank Giro Loterij Fonds: Financial support


  • Kings County Hospital Center, Brooklyn, NY: artist residence and working space facilities
  • Residency Unlimited, network and residency support for the BD artists
  • The Netherland-America Foundation (NAF), New York: has provided funding through a grant
  • Consulate Generalof the Netherlands, New York:  supports the program as part of the Dutch Culture USA program
  • Carl van de Zandt: Partner Hand Baldachin & Amburgey LLP, New York, legal assistance NY
  • CK studio, New York: logo design