Artist Basic grants are for visual artists, to help them make new work and further development of their professional practice.
With the Artist Basic grant, the Mondriaan Fund offers experienced artists the opportunity to expand their oeuvre and make a worthwhile and visible contribution to contemporary visual art in the Netherlands.
You can use this grant to create work. That can include research, experimentation, or the purchase of new materials or equipment. Or it can help with the execution of a commission and/or participation in exhibitions or events in the Netherlands or abroad.
€ 40,000. This amount will be paid in segments over no less than 2 and no more than 4 years.
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.
The following is based on the deelregeling Kunstenaar Basis (in Dutch).
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The 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 Artist Start grants.
When the committee approves the quality of the work and your artistic practice, it also assesses your working plan and ways in which you, as an artist, try to find an audience for your work.
Due to our limited budget, it is not always possible to award grants to all those whose applications receive positive advisories from the committee. The board of the Mondriaan Fund consequently requests the advisory committee to weigh up the approved applications against one another and rank them in order of priority. This can mean that an application can be positively assessed, but the applicant is not awarded a grant.
The advisory committee assesses your application on the basis of:
- Your visual documentation material.
- Your explanation of your work and professional practice.
- Your curriculum vitae.
- Your working plan, and where applicable, your plans for collaborating with others.
The advisory committee primarily looks at:
- The quality of your work: think here of the artistic principles underlying the work and how these reveal themselves in the work, the power of imagination and the mastery of the chosen materials and techniques.
- The degree of recognition, indicated by solo and group exhibitions, sales, publications, commissions, grants, subsidies and/or awards received.
Education and working practice
- The applicant must have been professionally active as a visual artist for 4 years or more. An advanced art education is not required to be eligible for an Artist Basic grant.
- Artists who have completed a higher visual arts degree programme may not apply until 4 years after leaving the academy. Periods in which the artist worked towards a master’s degree in visual arts do not count toward the period of professional practice.
- Periods in which the applicant participated in post-academic institutions or working studios, such as the Ateliers, Rijksakademie, BAK, Sundaymorning@EKWC or the Jan van Eyck Academy do count towards the required 4 years of professional practice.
- The Artist Basic grant cannot be used to pay for study. It cannot be used while attending higher educational institutions, such as bachelor or master programmes, post-academic or post-graduate programmes.
- To be eligible for a grant, you must be artistically and substantively active and embedded in the professional visual arts in the Netherlands.
- To receive an Artist Basic grant, the applicant’s aggregate income for the previous 2 years must not exceed € 40,000 per year. Any previous financial support from the Mondriaan Fund is not taken into account in this calculation.
- The level of collective income is assessed on the basis of income tax return forms or final tax assessments for the past 2 calendar years. For applications submitted before 1 October, the aggregate income from the 2 years preceding the previous year can be substituted. If the applicant did not file an income tax return during these years, we will ask for a statement of your income, a statement of why you did not file a tax return, and/or proof from the tax authorities that you did not have to file a tax return.
- If the income in the 2 calendar years prior to the dates to be covered by the grant was higher than € 40,000, but it can be foreseen in advance that it will be lower in the year of grant and the following year (for example, because a job is terminated), an application can be submitted. The income will subsequently be assessed through tax returns and tax assessments from the 2 years following the grant award. The recipient must then declare their aggregate income for each of these years. The declaration must be submitted before July 15 of the following year. Copies of the final tax assessments must also be submitted as soon as they are received. This also applies to applicants who had not filed an income tax return in the Netherlands in the previous 2 calendar years.
- Artist Basic grants can be awarded no more than once every 4 years.
- An artist who has previously been rejected on the grounds of artistic performance may not apply for an Artist Basic grant for a period of 12 months after the first application date.
- An artist may not apply for an Artist Basic grant during the term of other financial support from the Mondriaan Fund if the fund board believes that the contribution will cover the same costs.
To process your application, the Mondriaan Fund needs information. All of this information can be submitted in the application form itself, along with documentation that you can 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. The attachments can be uploaded as PDFs. Important: wherever a maximum number of pages is given, do not exceed that number of pages! Additional pages will be ignored.
Explanation of your work (3 pages maximum)
Describe what your work is about, and what you have done to develop your practice, your principle artistic starting points in terms of content and how these are expressed in your work and your professional practice. Describe any artistic collaborations and your part in these partnerships.
Curriculum Vitae (3pages maximum)
Upload the most important data about your professional practice, with emphasis on the last 4 years. Include exhibitions (indicate solo or group), events, commissions, prizes or awards, publications, sales, mentioning the year in which they occurred. Also mention any associated activities, such as lectureships, advisory or jury positions.
Plan (4 pages maximum)
What are your plans for the coming four years? Which direction do you want your work to take? Will you be working with others, and if so, what is your part in that collaboration? Describe how you want to present your work and/or your working process. This could include, for example, exhibitions, a website, a blog, open studios or workshops.
Copy of income tax return or provisional assessment
This confirms that your taxable income is not too high to receive a Mondriaan Fund grant.
Note: copies of your inkomensafhankelijke bijdrage Zorgverzekeringswet (income-related health care insurance contribution) or your aangifte Omzetbelasting (sales or value added tax return) are not sufficient here because they do not indicate your aggregate income.
- Upload here copies of your income tax returns or assessment for your income-related health care insurance contributions for the previous 2 years.
- If you submit your application before 1 October and do not yet have a declaration or assessment from the previous year, send your declarations or assessments from 2 and 3 years ago.
- If you have not filed an income tax return in the years mentioned, we will need proof of your income, a statement explaining why you did not file a tax return and/or indication from the tax authorities that you did not need to file a tax return.
Create a PDF document with up to 20 images (max. 100 MB) of your most important works from the past one to four years. Begin with the most recent work. It can also help to include some images of the work in the context of presentations, such as an exhibition. In addition, you can upload sound or video/film fragments of up to 15 minutes (together max. 300 MB). This is possible, for example, if you make films, performances or installations. Click here for the technical specifications for your uploaded documentation.
Include a numbered documentation list (in PDF) that corresponds with your visual documentation, with descriptions or captions for the relevant images, sound or video/film clips. (For example: 01, Title, 2020, loop 2 min.)
Personal Records Database (BRP) extract
If you do not have Dutch nationality, include a recent extract (less than 3 months old) from the Basisregistratie Personen (BRP, or Personal Records Database) where you live, confirming you reside in the Netherlands.
We need your bank account number to transfer funds if your application is granted.
- If your bank account number has changed, or if it is new to the Mondriaan Fund, upload a recent bank statement that clearly shows your name and IBAN (International Bank Account Number).
- If you have a business bank account for your one-person business, include a recent (less than 3 months old), extract from the Kamer van Koophandel (KvK, Chamber of Commerce), showing that the account has sole proprietorship.
The Mondriaan Fund makes even more possible
Artists who are recipients of Mondriaan Fund grants qualify for pre-approved, interest-free loans from Fonds Kwadraat. This could, for example, cover the purchase of materials or equipment.