International Art Fair

Will you be taking part in an international art fair or art book fair? Do you want to present living visual artists from the Netherlands or publications about contemporary visual arts in the Netherlands? If so, you may be eligible for an Art Fair International grant from the Mondriaan Fund.

International Art Fair for galleries

Both Dutch and non-Dutch galleries.

International Art Fair for Non-Dutch art fairs

For art fairs of international importance located outside the Netherlands.

International Art Fair for publishers

For publishers participating in an art fair or art book fair outside the Netherlands.

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International Art Fair grants strengthen the international standing of contemporary visual art from the Netherlands, and help it to become better known and appreciated.

For whom

International Art Fair grants are for Dutch or non-Dutch galleries participating in major art fairs outside the Netherlands, as well as for publishers of books on contemporary art in the Netherlands.

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Applications can be submitted at any time of the year, using the Mondriaan Fund’s online application system. You must first establish an account with the Mondriaan Fund before you can apply. When determining your dates, always allow for a processing period of 3 months from the time your application is submitted in full, as grants cannot be awarded retroactively. However, due to the many applications to the fund, the processing time can take longer than expected.

The following is based on the deelregeling Art Fair Internationaal (in Dutch).

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International Art Fair for galleries

Both Dutch and non-Dutch galleries taking part in art fairs outside the Netherlands can receive a grant to support presentations by living visual artists from the Netherlands.

For what

  • Stand rental to participate in an art fair with visual art from the Netherlands.

If the fair has invited you to exhibit work in a separate section, in addition to on your primary stand, you can also apply for a grant to cover:

  • The costs associated with special presentations of existing work in a separate section at an art fair, such as transport, insuring the work and for the involved artist’s travel and accommodation expenses, or
  • the cost of producing new work for a presentation in a separate section of an art fair.

* International Art Fair grant applications are assessed by an advisory committee. If the fair has received a positive advisory in the past four years, or is on the Mondriaan Fund’s list of international art fairs, the application can be processed using a simplified assessment procedure. This list is updated every 2 years, in response to current trends.

How much

Conditions International Art Fair for galleries

  • Art galleries can apply for a grant to cover stand rent, but not to cover furnishing costs, VAT/BTW sales tax or other costs.
  • The artist is professionally active and part of the professional visual arts field in the Netherlands.
  • The maximum amount of the grant depends on the amount of the (bare) stand rental and the percentage of exhibited works by visual artists from the Netherlands. The following calculation is applied:
    If stand rental is:
    -less than € 20,000: the maximum grant amount is € 5250;
    -€ 20,000 to € 30,000: the maximum grant amount is € 7500;
    -more than € 30,000: the maximum grant amount is € 10,000.
    If the percentage of exhibited work is by Dutch artists is:
    -more than 60%: the grant is 80% of basic stand rental, up to the maximum amount;
    -25% to 60%: the grant is 50% of basic stand rental, up to the maximum amount.
    -If less than 25% of the work is by Dutch artists, no grant is possible.
  • In the case that the application is not submitted by the art fair, an invitation from the art fair must be included with the application.
  • If a gallery is invited by the fair to show work by artists from the Netherlands in a second stand in a separate section of the fair, the gallery can apply for a grant to cover the cost of transport, insurance during transport and the travel and accommodation expenses of the artist concerned, whose presence is important to enhance visibility. No grant is available to towards stand rental, installation costs, VAT/BTW sales tax or other costs.
  • In principle, a gallery can receive a contribution for stand rental and/or a separate section a maximum of twice a year.
  • The artist must be professionally active and part of the professional visual arts field in the Netherlands.

If the gallery is invited by the fair to produce new work especially for a second presentation in a separate section, the gallery can apply for a grant to cover the costs.

The application must meet the following conditions:

  • The contribution for the production of new work can only be granted if the work is shown in a special section, outside the stand of a gallery.
  • A maximum of 50%s of the costs involved in the production of new work are eligible for a grant. The budget must include a realistic remuneration for the artist from the applicant. This fee is considered part of the production costs, and must be paid by the applicant.
  • The artist has been working as a professional visual artist for at least 1 year and is registered with the Kamer van Koophandel (KvK, Chamber of Commerce), or has completed at least 3 years of higher art education and has been working as a professional visual artist for at least 1 year, or has been working as a professional visual artist for at least 3 years.
  • The artist is professionally active and part of the professional visual arts field in the Netherlands.

Assessment International Art Fair for galleries

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 Fair International grants for galleries.

Once you have been positively assessed for participation in one of the art fairs on the Mondriaan Fund list of respected art fairs and are presenting work in a stand there, if you meet the conditions, the stand rental grant will be directly awarded. If you wish to participate in an art fair that is not on the Mondriaan Fund list, we request that you provide a good argument to support your participation at this particular art fair.

An Art Fair International grant is awarded only if the committee advises to that effect. In that case, the committee can also advise on the amount of the grant and the period covered by the grant.

Grants for participation in art fairs that are not on the Mondriaan Fund list can only be awarded if the committee considers the above criteria to be sufficiently met.

Due to budgetary restrictions, we are unfortunately not always able to award grants to all applications that receive positive advisories from the committee. In this case, the Mondriaan Fund Board asks the advisory committee to prioritise the positive advisories. This means that an application may receive a positive advisory, but a grant is nevertheless not awarded.

What happens with my application?

Checklist International Art Fair for galleries

Please check this list carefully before you start your application. In order 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 includes all the information we require.

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.

International Art Fair for Non-Dutch art fairs

For art fairs of international importance located outside the Netherlands can receive support for spotlighting living Dutch visual artists.

For what

  • The cost of special presentations of existing work in a separate section of the fair.
  • Production costs for new work for a presentation in a separate section of the fair.

How much

The total costs of transport, insuring the work, and travel and lodging expenses for the participating artists, plus a maximum of 50% of production costs for new work.

Conditions for International Art Fair for Non-Dutch art fairs

  • If a non-Dutch art fair invites Dutch artists to take part in a separate section of the fair, a grant can be applied for towards the costs of transport, insurance during transport and travel and accommodation expenses of the artist concerned, if the presence of that artist is important to enhance visibility. No grant is awarded towards stand rental, furnishing, VAT/BTW sales tax or other costs.

For new works that are produced at the invitation of the fair, especially for a presentation at the fair, the art fair can apply for a contribution under the following conditions:

  • A maximum of 50% of the costs involved in the production of new work are eligible for a contribution.
  • The budget must include a realistic fee for the artist.
  • The artist has been working as a professional visual artist for at least 1 year and is registered with the Chamber of Commerce, or has completed at least 3 years of higher vocational training as a visual artist and has been working as a professional visual artist for at least 1 year, or has been working as a professional visual artist for 3 years or more.
  • The artist is artistically active and embedded in the professional visual arts in the Netherlands.
General terms and conditions

Assessment for International Art Fair for Non-Dutch art fairs

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 Fair International grants.

An International Art Fair grant is awarded only if the committee advises to that effect. In that case, the committee can also advise on the amount of the grant and the period covered by the grant.

Due to budgetary restrictions, we are unfortunately not always able to award grants to all applications that receive positive advisories from the committee. In this case, the Mondriaan Fund Board asks the advisory committee to prioritise the positive advisories. This means that an application may receive a positive advisory, but a grant is nevertheless not awarded.

What happens with my application?

Checklist for International Art Fair for Non-Dutch art fairs

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 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.

International Art Fair for publishers

Publishers participating in an art fair or art book fair outside the Netherlands can apply for a grant to cover the presentation of publications about contemporary visual arts in the Netherlands.

For what

The costs of participating in art book fairs with publications about contemporary visual arts in the Netherlands, including stand rental and travel and transport expenses.*

* The Mondriaan Fund has drawn up a list of art fairs with international significance on the advice of an expert committee. This list is reviewed every 2 years to respond to the current situation. Please see this list below.

* – Applications for art book fairs that are on the Mondriaan Fund’s list of international fairs are immediately approved provided that they comply with the conditions of the International Art Fair grant and provided that sufficient budget is available.
– Applications for fairs that have received a positive advisory in the past four years may be eligible for a simplified assessment procedure.
– All other applications are assessed by an advisory committee.

How much

The maximum amount of the grant depends on the percentage of books about contemporary visual arts in the Netherlands that are being presented. €1500 to € 3000 (see Conditions below).

Conditions International Art Fair for publishers

  • Publishers can apply for a grant towards costs of participating in an art book fair, including stand rental, travel and transport costs, but not towards furnishing costs, regular publishing costs or VAT/BTW sales tax.
  • If more than 50% of the publications on display concern the work of visual artists from the Netherlands or publications on contemporary visual art in the Netherlands from the 21st century, the contribution is € 3000.
  • If between 25% and 50% of the publications presented concern the work of visual artists from the Netherlands, or publications on contemporary visual art in the Netherlands from the 21st century, the grant stipend € 1500.
  • If less than 25% of the publications to be presented concern the work of visual artists from the Netherlands, or publications on contemporary visual art in the Netherlands from the 21st century, no grant is possible.
  • In principle, a publisher can receive a contribution for stand rental a maximum of twice a year.
General terms and conditions

Assessment

Mondriaan Fund staff check the submitted applications and attachments to ensure that they are complete. Art book fair grant applications are assessed by an advisory committee. If the fair has received a positive advisory in the past four years, or is on the Mondriaan Fund’s list of international art book fairs, the application can be processed using a simplified assessment procedure. This list is updated every two years, in response to current trends.

Due to budgetary restrictions, we are unfortunately not always able to award grants to all applications that receive positive advisories from the committee. In this case, the Mondriaan Fund Board asks the advisory committee to prioritise the positive advisories. This means that an application may receive a positive advisory, but a grant is nevertheless not awarded.

What happens with my application?

Checklist International Art Fair for publishers

In order 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 includes all the information we require.

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.

Questions & contact

If you have a question please reach out to the contact person of this grant.

Or call to 020 523 15 23 or send an e-mail to vasb@zbaqevnnasbaqf.ay

Veysel Yuce

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