The Rijksakademie offers a two-year international residency programme to around fifty artists that provides space for research, experiment and production of new work. Residents are supported with a studio, a work budget and a stipend and can seek advice from leading art professionals from a wide variety of cultural and creative backgrounds. In addition there is a rich research and production infrastructure, consisting of various technical workshops operated by specialists, a library and a historical and contemporary art collection. Within the interdisciplinary environment of the Rijkskademie there is complete freedom in research and working methods.
The technical workshops at the Rijksakademie have been a site of innovation and experimentation for decades. Led by specialists who work closely together with the residents, the workshops facilitate the exchange of expertise and create the possibility of interdisciplinary projects involving both new and traditional materials and techniques.
In addition to the technical workshops, the Rijksakademie provides the residents with a number of other practical facilities such as several project spaces, a performance studio, a kitchen and a vegetable garden.
Between September 1 – October 1, 2021, interested artists can apply for the residency that starts September 2022.
You will find the application form here.
Application deadline: October 1 (23:59 hours CET).
Before you start your application, please check the important information on the bottom of this page.
The Rijksakademie invites applications from artists to develop their work over one or two-year periods in Amsterdam.
The Rijksakademie houses a highly international, multi-disciplinary, experimental and critically engaged artist community. Residents are supported with a studio, a work budget and a stipend and benefit from an array of opportunities for exchange, including peer to peer dialogue and visits from a wide range of leading art professionals. They have access to technical workshops as well as an extensive library and a historical collection. There is guidance by technical specialists, who foster hands-on, innovative and collaborative approaches to making.
As an artist, you are ready to make the most of these resources. You are open to challenging yourself, and to working alongside positions that are vastly different from your own. Spending up to two years in residence, you enter into an open-ended process where you can deepen your practices, and explore new territories, in and beyond the art field.
Selected artists usually have finished a BA/MA education, and must have at least 2-3 years of independent professional practice before starting a residency at the Rijksakademie.
Every year, about 22 places become available. We are seeking residents for the period September 2022–August 2023, with the possibility of staying one year more. You can apply by completing the online application form on our website between September 1, 12am–October 1, 11:59pm, 2021.
Artists who have held a residency in another post-academic institution in the Netherlands (Jan van Eyck Academie, De Ateliers) cannot be considered for the Rijksakademie. Please note that you cannot apply more than three times for a residency at the Rijksakademie, starting from the application for the residency 2021.
Because of the high number of applications, the jury process takes several months and happens in many different rounds. All applications are seen by the jury at least one time.
These are the different steps:
- after the deadline all applications will be checked administratively whether they are complete. If not complete or the documentation has not been uploaded properly, we will get in touch with the applicant to make sure the application will be complete before the jury process starts.
- the Rijksakademie selects about 22/23 artists every year: half of them come from the Netherlands, the other half from all other countries. Artists from The Netherlands have Dutch nationality or they are (or have been) living and working in the Netherlands for at least two years. There will be different juries for the International and the Dutch selection rounds.
- both the International as the Dutch jury processes consist of a pre-selection round, a main selection round and interviews as the final stage.
- in the pre-selection round the jury focusses on the visual documentation (uploaded portfolio). Based on the portfolio, the application will go to the next round, or not. In this phase about two thirds of the applications will be leaving the process. More than one jury member needs to support the application to go to the next round.
- in the main selection round the jury will spend more time with every application and there is more time to look at additional information (written texts, motivation). Jury members discuss which candidates they would like to meet during an interview.
- about 35 candidates from the Netherlands and 35 international candidates will be invited for an interview with the jury, which preferably will take place at the Rijksakademie. From all interview candidates one third will be invited for a residency.
- during all rounds, the jury is looking for diversity, both in practice as in personal backgrounds of the candidates.
COMPOSITION OF THE JURY
Every year we compose different juries: for the Dutch and International jury processes but also for the different rounds. All juries are highly diverse, bringing together jury members with different backgrounds, different ways of working, different relations to the Rijksakademie and different levels of experience with our process. The jury composition changes every year. The Rijksakademie management does not have a vote in the process. Most of the jury members are artists.
The jury members in the different rounds for the residency 2021/22 were: Ansuya Blom, Banu Cennetoğlu, Isabelle Cornaro, Ade Darmawan, Ellen Gallagher, Erin Gleeson, Femke Herregraven, Jaki Irvine, Metahaven, Melvin Moti, Gabi Ngcobo, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Paul Sietsema, Antonio Vega Macotela and Sawangwongse Yawnghwe.
Please read this information before you start your application. If you have any further questions regarding your application or the residency, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Successful applicants are able to convince the jury that:
- they have an outstanding position in the field they are working in. This must be visible in the uploaded portfolio, which is the most important element of the jury process (uploaded texts play a less important role!). Please try to make sure that your portfolio gives us a clear idea about the content and formal aspects of your practice.
- they have enough (independent) working experience (after education) to benefit from the critical environment at the Rijksakademie, but not too much experience that a residency cannot really add much apart from practical support and production facilities.
- they have a clear idea about how they would like to use the residency (what do they need/what do they bring)
- they really need it now!
The Rijksakademie residency is open to all visual artists from all countries and all disciplines. Selected artists usually have finished a BA/MA education and have at least 2 years of independent professional practice before starting a residency at the Rijksakademie, but there is no prerequisite to have undertaken a formal art education.
Application to the Rijksakademie is not open to artists who are doing a residency / have done a residency at one of the Dutch post-academic institutions, the Jan van Eyck Academy (Maastricht) or De Ateliers (Amsterdam).
We welcome applications from artist duos or collectives for a residency at the Rijksakademie. If you are working as a duo/collective and would like to continue working together in the future you can apply with one application.
If you work as a duo or collective at the moment, but you are not sure if you want to keep working together in the future you each have to submit your individual applications.
When adding information in the application form about education or residency experiences, please do so for each member. You can upload a CV of each member of your duo/collective.
Please provide more information about your collaboration in the section: Supporting Statement (for example: how do you work together, who does what, how do you see your future working together).
There are no age restrictions to apply to the Rijksakademie, although most applicants are between 25 and 35 years old, but we also receive applications from older (and younger) artists. The average age of the artists at the Rijksakademie is 30.
Most important for the jury is the work/portfolio of the applicant and the potential for further development within the specific context of the Rijksakademie. We aim for a highly diverse artists’ community, both in backgrounds as in ways of working and do take the applicant’s possible contribution to the artist community at the Rijksakademie into consideration as well.
The Rijksakademie offers one- to two-year residencies with the goal of providing space for research, reflection, experiment and exchange. Every year we select approx. 22/23 artists for a residency, and most of the artists stay for two years, so the total community consists of about 45 artists. Half of the group is from the Netherlands, the other half from all around the world.
Apart from facilities such as a studio, work budget and stipend, there are extended technical and theory facilities. The Rijksakademie provides time, people and possibilities.
- a private studio including wireless internet/heating/electricity
- a stipend €15,000 (in 2021)
- a working budget of €1,500 per year, for the largest part provided by RAEF (Rijksakademie Artists for Artists Endowment Fund)
- access to technical/theoretical /artistic facilities, advice and support
- exchange and collaboration within an international network
- lunch and dinner for subsidised prices in our Cantina (Rijksakademie restaurant)
- support with visa process in the Netherlands and access to modest, but affordable housing in Amsterdam for international artists
Having one- or two-year time and space, facilities and feedback in an international and diverse artist community is a unique opportunity which can be a transformative experience for your work and thinking. We expect resident artists to be able and willing to commit actively and full-time to the residency: to your own work but also to the ecology you are part of.
On the registration page of the application portal you have to choose one discipline in which you would like to apply.
You can choose between:
Dividing the applications in disciplines is just a tool for the application & admission team to process all the applications. As a resident of the Rijksakademie you will be free to work in all/ with any disciplines.
We want all artists to have equal access to participating in the residency, after the jury has invited them. Therefore, every artist in the Rijksakademie will receive the same stipend which is a basic income to live from. Residents need to actively collaborate to find a fellowship to cover the costs of the stipend. Artists from economically weaker regions who are not able to raise a fellowship will receive a guaranteed stipend. More information will be provided to candidates in the last phase of the jury process.
Applicants from countries on the so-called DAC-list do not have to pay the application fee of €50.
A non-refundable application fee of €50 is charged, with an exception for artists living in the following countries:
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tokelau, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Wallis and Futuna, West Bank and Gaza Strip, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.*
* These are the countries from the so-called DAC-list (2020-2023). The DAC is the Development Assistance Committee of the OECD, established in 1961.
The Rijksakademie is generously supported by the Dutch government. For the other part the Rijksakademie depends on private and public funding among others by finding fellowships. Fellowships cover the costs of a stipend that every resident artist receives during the residency.
The Rijksakademie requires all resident artists to contribute to their residency by raising a fellowship of €15,000 a year. This requirement consists of an effort obligation towards the Rijksakademie, to be fulfilled by finding a fellowship and transferring it to the Rijksakademie or by providing several declined applications to give proof of your genuine effort.
In case you would be invited for an interview (which is the last stage of the selection procedure), the applicant will receive more information about the fellowship. Getting selected/admitted does not depend on whether you can or will obtain a fellowship. The Rijksakademie Trust Fund will contact the selected applicants soon after being selected to offer their help and give you advice on applications for fellowships and funding.
The participation fee for all resident artists is €3,750, to be paid before the residency starts. More information is being provided after being selected for the residency. In some cases, it is possible to find additional funding or a sponsor for this, besides the Fellowship.
This fee of €3,750 will cover a two-year residency. In case the residency will only last one year, €1,000 will be reimbursed to the artist.
Due to the high number of applications, we unfortunately can’t provide individual tours or meetings for applicants.
You can visit the Rijksakademie, the studios and workshops during our annual Rijksakademie Open Studios that takes place in spring. We do host other public events, please check our website or Facebook page for the latest news. It is also possible to visit the Rijksakademie library every Wednesday-Friday between 11 am-5 pm.
We are happy to answer your questions through email: email@example.com, through the Communication Inbox on the homepage of the application form or after calling us at +31(0)20-5270300.
The Rijksakademie unfortunately cannot support a residence permit or financial help for partners and/or families. This means you will have to provide for your partner and family yourself. Please be aware the stipend provides for a very basic standard of living for one person in Amsterdam. Also, if you are not an EU citizen you are not allowed to work in the Netherlands in order to raise some extra money.
The housing situation in Amsterdam is very difficult. Housing is very hard to find, small and expensive. Most of the apartments the Rijksakademie can offer to international artists are suitable for one person. We have very limited opportunities for (family) housing.
After being selected for the Rijksakademie, we will of course help you to find the best solution for your personal situation.
Due to the high number of applications, you can not apply more than 3 times for a residency at the Rijksakademie (starting from the selection process for 2021).
If you already applied before, you still have to fill out a new application form. You can use the same email address as you used previously. When you fill in your email address and password, a new registration page will pop up. When you do not remember your password, please click ‘Forgot password?’ to receive a new password to make a new registration. Once you have registered, you can start to complete the application form. Please make sure to include works the jury hasn’t seen before.