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.
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.
Femmy Otten (RA 11/12)
Thomas Raat (RA 11/12) in conversation with Arend Nijkamp
Papa Adama (RA 08/09)
Marianne Vierø (RA 08/09)
Sharon Houkema (RA 08/09), 'The Eye of the Storm', RijksakademieOPEN 2009
Mu Yuming (RA 05/06) in conversation with Ansuya Blom