Ruigoord fits in with an age-old tradition of artist colonies where art and life are integrated into a common experiment.
Ruigoord is an idealistic and idyllic place where artists work on their own oeuvre. However, it is the emphasis on joint projects that gives it the character of a contemporary artists' colony. Mutual involvement is shaped in a unique way and the need for exchange, shared experiences, expression and ecstasy is met.
A human primal need that manifests itself more strongly as the era seems more self-centered and materialistic. The green oasis in which Ruigoord is situated meets the need for artists to be able to withdraw for a shorter or longer period from the worries of an urbanized and industrialized environment, as it has always been a matter of existence for artists' colonies.