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In Fall 2019, Het Nieuwe Instituut joined forces with Tilting Axis to offer a Fellowship to one mid-career or established applicant based in the Caribbean. Barbadian multi-disciplinary designer and architect Israel Mapp has been selected as the recipient of the Tilting Axis /Het Nieuwe Instituut Fellowship 2023. Israel Mapp will begin the Fellowship at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam starting February 2023 and will continue his research and activities through July 2023.


Israel Mapp is a multi-disciplinary designer whose interests and focus is Regeneration; (re)creating things and experiences inspired and birthed from legacy and memory with an avid play on layering meaning. He recognizes the value and potential in abandoned things, and utilises them as platforms to foster new opportunities.

He was trained in architecture at University of Technology, Jamaica and Carleton University, Ottawa Canada, where those creative and technical experiences shaped his approach towards design as a problem solving tool. His design practice thrives on experimentation while exploring how traditions can be (re)mixed and (re)imagined for contemporary life. From placemaking to successful live-work-play environments, to the development of functional objects, Israel’s design ethics are a synthesis of thoughtfulness, beauty, function and performance.

Essential to Israel’s work is building community and developing systems and relationships that can provide support for communities. To this end he is the co-founder of two creative start-ups in Barbados; the artists’-, designers’-, and makers-’ collective 'TANDEM Movement' and the social and creative enterprise 'Union Collaborative Inc.'.

Union Collaborative started as a city-led initiative in 2016. Through it he has organised developmental and public engagement programming and is currently working on the creative cluster UNION at Beckwith. Through Union at Beckwith, Israel is adaptively re-using an abandoned centuries old building in Bridgetown to be a part of the creative ecosystem of Barbados, providing space, tools and programming for creative practitioners to work, train, collaborate and create.