Henry Alles / Landscape Labs & Stichting Proef me

Background Henry Alles

I am an artist as well as initiator of artist-in-residencies. Until 2014 I was a core member of the theatregroup PeerGrouP.  Originally I was trained as an environmental engineer, developed as a self-taught artist and through the years I have build up a network of both national and international artists, scientists, writers and relevant organisations.

I was born, in 1965, on Ruitenlaan No. 16 in the Dutch village of Froombosh in the municipality of Slochteren. The municipality, five years earlier, became world famous because of the immense natural gas pocket that was discovered there. My mother, a former chef in a tobacco factory before marriage, took care of my brother and me and my father drilled for that gas. I remember that we considered it a big treat when my mother made poffert, a typical main course, in the region. The cake like dish was to be eaten with brown sugar and clarified butter. Poffert is based on a recipe that only mentions some eggs, self-raising flour, and salt but in the history of my family’s relatively poor background it was considered a feast.