Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten


Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Mission: The Rijksakademie residency is a place for research and production for talented, professional artists from all over the world. There are fifty-five studios where, for a period of two years, resident artists can conduct research, experiment and work on projects and production. Large project spaces are available for trial projects, collaboration and presentations. 

Practical facilities such as a studio, living accommodation, a scholarship and a work budget form the basis, but the Rijksakademie is more than a residency: concentration on work, experimentation, reflection and discussion are central. The residents receive critical support at the highest artistic, technical and theoretical level. Internationally-active artists, theoreticians and other advisors pay individual studio visits. The advisors come from different continents, cultures and generations, and offer a wide variety of views. They reflect the diversity of contemporary art practice.

Technical specialists manage professionally-equipped workshops where artists can work and experiment with traditional and contemporary materials and techniques. In response to an individual artist’s requirements, collaboration and unexpected connections arise between the various disciplines. Facilitators support the resident artists with the practical aspects of the work process within and outside the Rijksakademie.

There is no program, no prevailing stylistic approach or ideology. The Rijksakademie offers support and opportunities.

Resident artists work with all the major contemporary techniques in the visual art disciplines: painting, drawing, photography, printing techniques, sculpture, video, film, sound and new media. Links with other disciplines such as architecture, music, dance, literature and cinematography are also possible.

The Rijksakademie is also a platform for pioneering initiatives and collaborations in the field of art and science. Artists develop projects in dialogue with specialists from diverse scientific and scholarly disciplines.

The Rijksakademie has demonstrable significance, nationally and internationally, in the world of contemporary art. The converging individual networks of the resident artists, visiting artists, theoreticians and other advisors and the finalists of Prix de Rome form a worldwide association of artists.

Cost: The Rijksakademie and De Ateliers are partly supported by the Dutch government and the Mondriaan Fund.  The Rijksakademie Trust Fund and the Ateliers Support Fund raise additional funds from private and governmental foundations, corporations and private donors, both nationally and internationally. Every resident artist has to make effort to raise a Fellowship of € 15.000, preferably in their home country. Before starting the residency each resident is required to pay an annual contribution. In 2014 this will be €2,750.

A resident artist receives a stipend of 12.500 euro including 1500 euro material budget.

A non-refundable application fee of 50 euro is charged, with an exception for artists living in the following countries (more information in the application form).

Number of Artists: Up to 55 artists at a time

Accommodations: Together, the Rijksakademie and De Ateliers offer 60 studios on two locations. Every year, some 30 studios will become available. A residency at Rijksakademie/De Ateliers lasts one year and can be extended with another year. Artistic, theoretical and technical facilities and expertise are the basis of the residency. In addition, advices on practical and financial matters like housing and residence permits are offered.

Length of Stay: 1 – 2 years

Demographic: Application is open to artists at the beginning of their professional development, with a focus on artists 25 — 35 years of age. Artists younger than 25 or older than 35 are also welcome to apply. In general, resident artists have completed their (art) studies and have worked independently as artists for three to five years prior to their application.

Benefits: All artists admitted have access to facilities of both institutions, including a private studio, workshops, libraries, artist’s talks, seminars, open studio events, administration services, housing services, et cetera. The teams of advisors (Rijksakademie) and tutor artists (De Ateliers) will be integrated gradually. Large-scale exhibition with more than 7,000 visitors during Rijksakademie Open Studios. Living accommodations made as well as a partial-stipend available.

Deadline: February 1, 2013



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