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Rijksakademie Tech Fellowship Programme

OPEN CALL

Do you have the ambition as an artist to further develop your technical skills? Do you like to work in a technical workshop and help other artists? Would you like to do your own research in the field of technique, material or craftsmanship? Do you live and work in the Netherlands?

In 2022, the Rijksakademie launched a trainee/research programme for young and mid-career artists/makers to further develop their skills in craft, material and technique: the Tech Fellowship Programme. Every year three tech fellows are selected. 

The tech fellow is a trainee/researcher, and follows a learning path in the workshop to become a technical specialist. They work on artist projects, material experiments, cross-over projects and knowledge transfer within a master-apprentice construction. In addition, the tech fellow conducts research into materials or technology in the workshop(s), and makes a report.

The programme consists of two parts: 

  • Learning in the workshops (2 days a week) 
  • Research (2 days a week)

In the coming edition of the Tech Fellowship Programme, the tech fellow's own research focuses on the sustainable use of materials. We strive to work with non-chemical and biodegradable products, and to promote the use of non-toxic materials among our artists.

The next edition of the programme runs from January to December 2023.

There are three tech fellowships available in the workshops: 

  • The metal workshop includes a complete mechanical and engineering shop, where the emphasis lies on material experimentation and related research. The metal workshop centers mostly on the development and construction of sculptures, installations and associated components, often in close collaboration with the other workshops.

    The wood workshop pairs traditional techniques with modern-day technological developments. Equipped with power machines for all practices that occur in woodworking, the wood workshop offers mounting tables, (electric) hand tools, air pressure tools, laser cutters, and a CNC milling machine. There are also opportunities for plastic cutting.

    Learning in the workshop
    As a tech fellow, you will work together with your mentor, the technical specialist of the construction workshop(s) and learn how to advise artists on craft, technique or material and how to run a technical workshop.

    Research plan
    You do research on material databases, materials that can be reused, recycled, or are organic, and you create a (physical) database in the construction workshop. For this you submit a research plan.

    Who can apply?
    Young and mid-career artists with advanced knowledge of and interest in expanding their skills in the field of crafts, materials and/or techniques can apply. You must have experience in metal- and woodworking (including laser cutting and CNC) in the broadest sense, with an emphasis on mechanical and engineering, and interdisciplinary projects. You have an independent, curious work attitude. You enjoy working with others and sharing knowledge and can work in an international community.

    You are available four days a week during the period, living in The Netherlands and registered as self-employed.

  • In the paint workshop residents are advised on the use of synthetic resins, the development of surface structures, conservation methods and much more. Experimentation with various techniques, old and new, is a very important aspect. There is a dust-free spray cabin and a space to stretch very large format canvases.

    Learning in the workshop
    As a tech fellow, you will work together with your mentor, the technical specialist of the paint workshop and learn how to advise artists on craft, technique or material and how to run a technical workshop.

    Research plan
    You do research on material databases, online recipe databases and other initiatives, and create in the paint workshop a (physical) database of atoxic, non-chemical, biodegradable and sustainable alternative materials for artists. You will submit a research plan for this.

    Who can apply?
    Young and mid-career artists with advanced knowledge of and interest in expanding their skills in the field of crafts, materials and/or techniques can apply. You must have experience in working/ experimenting with paint, plastic, rubber, silicones, glue. You have an independent, curious work attitude. You enjoy working with others and sharing knowledge and can work in an international community.

    You are available four days a week during the period, living in The Netherlands and registered as self-employed.

  • In the fields of graphics and photography new techniques are continually emerging. Large format digital printing, silkscreen and Riso are popular techniques, as well as developing photopolymer combined with film negatives. Residents have the possibility to work with traditional – nontoxic – printmaking techniques such as lithography, woodcuts, etching and bookbinding. The workshop is regularly used for creating publications and frequently collaborates with the other workshops, for example to experiment with inks or to create ceramic transfers.

    Learning in the workshop
    As a tech fellow, you will work together with your mentor, the technical specialist of the print workshop, and learn how to advise artists on craft, technique and/or material and how to run a technical workshop.

    Research plan
    Your research should preferably focus on one component, such as lithography or textile printing. For this you submit a research plan.

    Who can apply?
    Young and mid-career artists with advanced knowledge of and interest in expanding their skills in the field of crafts, materials and/or techniques can apply. You have experience in working with graphic and/or photographic techniques such as intaglio, relief printing, planographic printing and digital printing and printers. You are also familiar with relevant software and interested in digital developments in the field of graphics and photography. Affinity with and knowledge of paper and/or textiles as a medium are desirable. In the Print workshop, a sustainable and environmentally friendly attitude is a prerequisite and experimentation takes precedence over production.

    You are available four days a week during the period, living in The Netherlands and registered as self-employed.

What do we offer?

  • A trainee/research programme in the workshops
  • Personal guidance and coaching by the mentor and the coordinator of the Tech Fellowship Programme
  • Possibility to attend workshops, lectures, seminars relevant to the development of the discipline
  • Exchange with other institutions/workshops
  • A fifth weekday can be spent making own work in the workshops
  • A compensation of €14.000 for twelve months on an invoicing basis

Individual learning goals and objectives are determined in consultation at the beginning of the programme. The main criteria are the artistic and technical knowledge of the tech fellow, the submitted plan, the ambition to conduct and document research, to increase one's own knowledge, the desire to contribute to the work of others and the intended added value for the technical field.

Apply

If you would like to be considered for one of these Tech Fellowships, please apply by filling in this form.

The deadline for submitting applications is 15 August 2022.
Interviews will take place at the Rijksakademie on 4, 5 and 6 October 2022.

Questions?

For questions about the Tech Fellowship Programme, please contact Annelie Musters: annelie.musters@rijksakademie.nl

The Tech Fellowship Programme is made possible by the Gieskes-Strijbis Fund and Rabobank.