The Rijksakademie Art Residency

Deadline: October 1, 2021

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.

Jury Process

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, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Paul Sietsema, Antonio Vega Macotela and Sawangwongse Yawnghwe.

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