Art Connection

The Mondriaan Fund Makes It Possible
Are you organizing an initiative that will bring the public and visual art together in an exceptional way, for example, through an event, other public action or website? Do you want to present visual art within another kind of context, such as a pop festival? Will you be reaching new target groups for visual art? If so, you may be eligible for an Art Connection grant.

Here are the possibilities:

Art Connection
With this grant arrangement, organizations and initiatives that bring together different target groups and disciplines can apply for funding for an exceptional visual art project. Organizations that want to hold visual arts events as part of their their own organizational development can also apply.

Mondriaan Fund Art Connection grants stimulate the bond between new target groups and the visual arts by contributing to the programmes of initiatives that are not primarily concerned with the visual arts, and that can form an important link between visual arts, its makers and the public. The objective is to introduce visual art to audiences outside the regular art circuits.

For whom
Festivals, events and other public initiatives that are not primarily focussed on visual art, but which do provide space for visual art and thereby reach new audiences for visual art are eligible to apply.

For what
Art Connection grants can be used for a one-time event in the area of contemporary visual art. This is a project grant. There are also grants available for organizations that organize visual arts events and wish to use this support in order to further develop themselves. This is in the form of a development grant and covers a period of up to 2 years.

How much
The amount of the stipend is determined on the basis of each individual application. The amount for a one-time event is up to a maximum of 40% of the total variable project costs. For an Art Connection development grant, the maximum stipend is 70% of the costs, up to a maximum of € 15,000.

  • How and when to apply

    Applications can be submitted at any time of the year, using the Mondriaan Fund’s online application system. You must first apply for an account in order to submit your application. Once your application is complete, please allow for a processing period of 3 months from the moment your application has been submitted in full. Grants cannot be awarded retroactively.

  • Terms and Conditions

    -you are a not-for-profit legal entity or a not-for-profit collective of legal entities whose objective is organizing events;
    -you are resident in the Netherlands, Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint-Eustatius or Sint Maarten;
    -you do not represent a museum or art platform;
    -you have been organizing events for at least 2 years;
    -all cultural organizations adhere to the Dutch Fair Practice Code (click here to see the Fair Practice Code animation for information and tips), Governance Code Cultuur (Governance Code for Culture) and the  Code Diversiteit & Inclusie (Diversity and Inclusion Code);
    -any visual artist involved in this application has to be both artistically and intrinsically active and imbedded in the professional visual arts in the Netherlands.

    Click here to read all the terms and conditions of Mondriaan Fund Art Connection grants.

    Click here to also read the General Terms and Conditions of the Mondriaan Fund.

  • Assessing the applications

    Mondriaan Fund staff check the submitted applications and attachments to ensure that they are complete. Once an application is complete, it is submitted to the committee that advises on awarding Art Connection grants. Click here to see what happens to your application.

    The committee assesses your application on the basis of:
    – your description of the mission, vision and profile of the organization;
    – your plan, including a programme with an emphasis on the visual arts aspect, a communications plan that explains how the target audience will be reached, and an explanation of the organization’s local imbedding;
    – a financing plan, including price estimates.

    The advisory committee takes the following criteria into consideration:
    – innovative qualities: how does your programme relate to developments in society and contribute to artistic and intrinsic development and innovation;
    – audience reach: the way the organization reaches new audiences and succeeds in engaging them;
    – artistic vision: the cohesion between the artistic and intrinsic principles of the organization;
    – artistic and intrinsic qualities of recent activities: the role, position and working methods of the initiative in the recent past, and the way in which this relates to today’s context, notably within the visual arts and/or other disciplines. The curriculum vitae’s of the individuals involved with the organization will also be considered;
    – artistic and intrinsic qualities of the programme, the degree to which it distinguishes itself or is exceptional for other reasons;
    – local and regional embedding: how does the program contribute to the culture of its environment and proves it is meaningful for the public.

    In all cases, the committee assesses whether the initiative contributes to the qualitative strength of cultural offerings and events in the Netherlands. Here, the committee takes the immediate context of the applying organization into account.

    An Art Connection grant can only be awarded if the committee advises to that effect. In that case, the advisory committee can make a recommendation about the amount of the grant to be awarded and the period for which it will apply.

    Due to our limited budget, it is not possible to award grants to all those whose applications receive positive advisories from the committee. The board of the Mondriaan Fund consequently requests the committee to indicate which awards should take priority. This can mean that an application can be positively assessed, but the applicant is nonetheless not awarded a grant.

  • Checklist

    To process your application, the Mondriaan Fund needs information. All of this information can be submitted in the application form itself, together with documentation that you also upload. Here below is a checklist that follows the layout of the application form and contains all the information required. Tip: collect all your information before you start filling out the online application form. Your attachments should be uploaded as PDFs.

    Important: wherever a maximum number of pages is given, do not exceed that number of pages. Additional pages will be disregarded.

    Recent (less than 1 year old) and valid registration excerpt from the Kamer van Koophandel (KvK)

    Factual information about the organization (2 pages maximum)
    This should be a concise description of the activities of the organization, including its objectives, target audiences, audience reach and possible collaborations or partnerships.

    Plan (25 pages maximum)
    You plan includes an overview of the activities to be organized, intrinsic motivation, planning, description of your cultural entrepreneurship, those responsible for the intrinsic content of the project and any participating artists, collaborating partners and website.
    Describe the way the programme will be presented, including a communications plan with an explanation of how you intend to reach a new audience for visual art. Mention the expected numbers of participants and visitors. Describe your target groups, your reason for choosing them and how the activities connect to them.

    Applying codes
    It is expected of all cultural institutions that they follow the Dutch Fair Practice Code (click here to see a Fair Practice Code animation video for information and tips), the Governance Code Cultuur (Governance Code for Culture) and the Code Diversiteit & Inclusie (Code for Diversity & Inclusion). Adopting the Fair Practice Code automatically implies that the organization adheres to the guidelines for artist honoraria.

    Specified budget with financing plan
    Click here for an explanation of budgets for institutions (in Dutch). Where applicable, this should include a realistic honorarium for the artist or artists. This will be paid by the applicant, along with production costs and expenses for transport, travel, lodging etc., all of which should follow the guidelines for honoraria. Should there be any doubts about any given budget entry, the Mondriaan Fund can request relevant documents, such as price estimates.

    Letters of confirmation of contributions from third parties
    All of these letters should be included in a single PDF document.

    If one or more artists is involved:

    About the artist (maximum 1 page per artist)
    For any artist participating, include an explanation of their work and professional practice. Describe the substance and artistic principles of their work and professional practice, and how these are expressed in their work and the practice. Mention any collaborations or partnerships. All of these documents should be included in a single PDF.

    Curriculum vitae (maximum 1 page per artist)
    Include a curriculum vitae for each artist with the most important information about their professional practice, notably over the last 2 to 4 years, including exhibitions (indicate solo or group), events, commissions, awards and publications, indicating the year for each. Also mention associated activities, such as teaching, advisory or jury functions. Include all the CVs in a single PDF document.

    Personal Records Database (BRP) extract
    If any of the participating artists does not have Dutch citizenship, include a recent extract, no more than three months old, from the Basisregistratie Personen (BRP, or Personal Records Database) where they live, confirming that they reside in the Netherlands.

    When an artist involved in the application will be creating new work:

    Visual documentation
    Create a PDF document with images of works from the last 2 to 4 years. For each artist, there should be no more than 20 digital images, totalling a maximum of 100 MB.

    Click here for technical specifications for your uploaded documentation.

    Include a numbered documentation list (in PDF) that corresponds with the visual documentation, with descriptions or captions for the corresponding images, sound or video/film clips. (For example: 01, Title, 2020, loop 2 min.)

    If desired:

    Supplemental visual documentation
    You can supplement your application with extra visual material. This can consist of a single PDF document no larger than 12 MB.

    Where applicable:

    Bank details
    We need the bank account number of the applying organization in order to transfer the money for approved applications. If your bank account number has changed or is new to the Mondriaan Fund, upload a recent bank statement that clearly shows the applicant’s name and International Bank Account Number, or IBAN.

    Letters of permission from participating institutions
    These statements give their permission for your application. Include all of these letters in a single PDF document.

  • Questions?

    If something is not entirely clear, please feel free to contact the Mondriaan Fund staff.

    Talitha van Ooyen (020-5231513) Sandra Nicolai (020-5231551) or call the general phone number (020-5231523).

    The following is based on the deelregeling Kunst Verbinding(in Dutch).

  • Tips and examples

    Click here to read interviews with Art Connection grant recipients and see examples of approved applications.

latest update: 29.01.2021