Rijksakademie Residency Program for International Artists 2018, Netherlands

Publish Date: Jan 30, 2017

Deadline: Feb 01, 2017

About the program 

The Rijksakademie offers residencies to around fifty artists (for one year, with year extension) with the goal of providing space for research, experiment and production. Apart from facilities such as a studio, work budget and stipend, there is a research and production infrastructure. There is no standard program, predominant style or ideology. The Rijksakademie provides time, people and possibilities.

Internationally active artists, theoreticians and other advisors pay individual studio visits and are involved in seminars, discussions, lectures and presentations. The advisors come from different continents, cultures and generations, and offer a wide variety of views, reflecting the diversity of contemporary art practice.

Technical specialists form an important basis. They 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.

Contact with other disciplines is encouraged. Universities and institutes connected to the Royal Academy of Sciences are in close reach and, where possible, new relationships are formed.

The library and collections form part of the Theory Workplace and can be used by residents and the public.

Every year artists at the Rijksakademie have different backgrounds, cultures and diverse views. Almost all artists have completed an (arts)education and preferably three to five years of professional experience.

Practical Facilities

A studio, stipend and working budget form part of the facilities. By collaborating with housing agencies accommodation can be found in Amsterdam. There are project rooms and a cantina.

Application Residency 2018

Application for this residency is open from 1 January to 1 February 2017 via the online form.

Who can apply?

Application is open to upcoming artists with a few years of professional experience after their education. Most candidates have a MA degree and are between 25 and 35 years old.

Artists who are or were connected as participant to another post academic institution in the Netherlands (Jan van Eyck, De Ateliers), will not be considered for a Rijksakademie residency.


The selection procedure consists of a number of rounds which take place from March until June. All applications are considered at first. In the following rounds, works are examined in more depth, looking at the vision of the artist about their own work and their motivations for coming to the Rijksakademie. Artistic quality, possibilities for development and the place in their career are considered. The jury (consisting of artists and theoreticians affiliated to the Rijksakademie as advisor) invites a few candidates for an interview with the selection committee in June, and forms the last round of the selection procedure.

A number of candidates are invited for an interview in June at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.

An application consists of:

  • the online application form, completed
    (in english)
  • documentation of work
  • CV

All correspondence relating to the application is in English.


A studio, stipend (in 2017: €12,200) and working budget (in 2017: €1,500) form part of the facilities.
The Rijksakademie is partly supported by the Dutch government and the Mondriaan Fund. The Rijksakademie Trust Fund—in cooperation with the Rijksakademie and resident artists—raises additional funds from private and governmental foundations, corporations and private donors, both nationally and internationally. Every resident artist is asked to raise a Fellowship of € 15,000, preferably in their home country. Selected candidates will be provided with more information after the interview round.

Annual contribution: The annual contribution is €2750, to be paid before the start of the residency.

Questions about the application: application@rijksakademie.nl


Artists, curators, theorists and scientists visit the Rijksakademie and the resident artists often. The advisors make individual studio visits.

The composition of the group of advisors represents great diversity as regards the concept of art, generation, nationality and the advisors’ position in the art world. Discussions, seminars, excursions and workshops, initiated by both residents and advisors, are held on current shared themes arising from the residents’ own work or areas that fascinate them beyond this. Guest advisors are also regularly invited.

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