Residency

Visual artists, curators, art critics and art observers who wish to deepen their professional practices and expand their networks are eligible to apply for a working period in the Netherlandsor another country at one of the recognized residencies offered by the Mondriaan Fund.

For whom

Visual artists, curators, art observers who wish to deepen their professional practices and expand their networks

For what

The grant is intended for travel, accommodation and material costs.

How much

Grant amounts vary depending on the location and duration of the residency.

Checklist

Please check this list carefully before you start your application.

Where

View our residencies that we offer below.

Who preceded you?

View granted applications for this grant.

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Who is eligible

Visual artists, curators, art critics and art observers who wish to deepen their professional practices and expand their networks are eligible to apply for a working period in the Netherlands or another country at one of the recognized residencies offered by the Mondriaan Fund.

With these Residency Grants, the Mondriaan Fund wishes to stimulate visual artists, curators and art observers to develop their work, and with it the wider contemporary visual arts and/or cultural heritage in the Netherlands

What it covers

The grant is intended for travel, accommodation and material costs. The costs of living space, working space and the support that residents receive are paid directly to the residency by the Mondriaan Fund.

How much

Grant amounts vary depending on the location and duration of the residency. Please check the possibilities below.

When and where to apply

The deadline for applying for a Residency varies. View the different dates below.

You must first request an account on the Mondriaan Fund website, which you need to submit any grant application. Keep in mind that following the deadline date, a 3 month period is required for processing the applications. No grants are awarded retrospectively.

There are 2 categories of residencies: residencies in the Netherlands and residencies in other countries. For each of these two categories, you may apply for no more than 2 residencies. This means that if you wish to apply for residencies in both categories at the same time, you may apply for two in the Netherlands and two in other countries. A separate application must be submitted for each residency you apply for.

This explanation is based on the Mondriaan Fund Residency Grant regulations.

Terms and conditions

  • You must have been working as a professional visual artist for at least one year and be registered as such with the Kamer van Koophandel; or
    – you have studied for at least three years at a recognized art school and have been working as a professional visual artist for at least one year; or
    – you have been working as a professional visual artist for three years or more.
  • You are artistically active and embedded in the profesional visual arts in the Netherlands.
  • At the moment you submit your application, you are not receiving other financial support from the Mondriaan Fund that covers the same costs.
  • The resident is expected to contribute 10%. The Mondriaan Fund has automatically included this in its contribution. You do not have to do anything.
  • Mondriaan Fund grants may not be used for or during study. You may not use a Mondriaan Fund grant at the same time that you are following a bachelor, master, graduate, postgraduate or postdoctoral programme at, for example, the Rijksakademie, BAK, de Ateliers, de Jan van Eyck Academie or EKWC).
  • An artist may apply for two residencies in the Netherlands and two residencies in other countries in a given application round. A separate application, including the application form and PDF attachments, must be submitted for each location applied for, always with the applicant’s preferred dates and locations clearly indicated.
  • You must have been working for at least one year as a curator or art observer in the field of visual arts or cultural heritage, and be able to demonstrate this with publications, exhibitions, research projects or projects you have initiated.
  • You are artistically active and embedded in the professional visual arts in the Netherlands.
  • At the moment of your application, you are receiving no other financial support from the Mondriaan Fund that covers the same costs.
  • The resident is expected to contribute 10%, this is settled by the Mondriaan Fund.
  • You may not apply for a Residency Grant while you are studying in the Netherlands or another country.
  • You may not use a Mondriaan Fund grant to pay for study. Mondriaan Fund grants may not be used at the same time that you are enrolled in any bachelor, master, graduate, postgraduate or postdoctoral programme.
  • A curator/art observer may apply for no more than two residencies in the Netherlands and two residencies in another country during any application round. For each residency, a separate application form and PDF attachments must be submitted, clearly indicating the applicant’s preferred residency dates and locations.

Some residencies can only be applied for by visual artists or only by curators / observers, others by both. At the bottom of this page, you can read specific information about the characteristics of each residency, the conditions, the workperiod, etc

Assessing the applications

Submitted applications and associated PDF documents are first checked by Mondriaan Fundstaff to ensure they are complete. They are then presented to a committee that advises onawarding Residency Grants. In assessing your application, the advisory committee follows an intital elimination procedure:

  • In the first round of voting, if no member of the committee gives a positive assessment, anegative advisory is given.
  • In the second round of voting, each committee member assesses the artistic functioningand other criteria mentioned above. If this round does not result in a majority of positiveassessments, a negative advisory is given.

A Mondriaan Fund Residency Grant can only be awarded if the committee gives a positiveadvisory. Following the final round of voting, the committee can indicate which applications havetheir highest priority, as it is unfortunately not always possible to award grants to all applicantswho are positively assessed. A meeting between the management of the particular residencyand the proposed candidate may also be part of the selection procedure. If the applications fail toproduce a suitable candidate, the advisory committee can propose candidates themselves.

What happens with my application?
  • Visual documentation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Explanation of your work and your artistic and substantive starting points
  • A plan, including a motivation of why you wish to attend the specific residency, includingan explanation of how you will reach a suitable audience and bind them to your work.

The advisory committee assesses both the quality and the development of your work, as well asthe qualities of your plan and how it connects with the institution or programme where you wishto work out and execute your plan.

The artistic and substantive quality of the work:

  • For artists: is your oeuvre, or can your oeuvre be expected to be of importance forcontemporary visual arts in the Netherlands? In this regard, the advisory committee looksat the quality of the work. Of relevance here are the underlying artistic principles and theway in which these are expressed through the work, its power of imagination and theapplication of the media used.
  • For curators or observers: is the body of work that you have built up of importance, or will itbe of importance for contemporary visual arts or cultural heritage in the Netherlands? Inits assessment, the committee looks at the cohesion between your substantive and/ortheoretical principles and starting points, and the way these are brought to light in thework and your professional activities. Your vision plays a role here, in the way in which youwork through that vision, the ambitions expressed by the work and how this relates tohistoric and contemporary thought in the visual arts and cultural heritage.

Cultural entrepreneurship
The advisory committee assesses this on the basis of your investigative and/or innovativeapproach, the manner in which you present yourself to the outside world and engage in findingand binding an audience to your work.

Plans and visibility
In addition to the quality of the work already completed, expectations about the furtherdevelopment of your work and the envisioned effect of the residency also play a role. Theadvisory committee therefore considers your plans and motivation of great importance. It isimportant that you make clear how you wish to use this grant, what plans you have for new workor research and how you believe the working period will contribute to your artistic developmentand to building up a new network.

Checklist

In order to process your application, the Mondriaan Fund requires the information listed below, some of which can be filled in on the application form, as well as PDF documents that you uploadwith your application. Here below is a checklist that follows the same chronology as theapplication form.

Tip: collect all the information before you begin filling in the online application form. Allyour attachments should be uploaded in PDF format. Where a maximum number of pagesis indicated, do not exceed that number.

Explanation (max. 3 pages)
Explain your work and your professional practice, paying attention to its development. Describeyour substantive and artistic starting points and principles, and how these are expressed in yourwork and your professional practice. Wherever collaboration is involved, explain your part in thatcollaboration.

CV Artist
Upload your CV with the most important information about your entire professional practice, withan emphasis on the last 1 to 4 years, depending on when you began. Include relevant activities,such as exhibitions, (film) productions, activities, events, commissions, awards, publications, etc.,and the year they took place. Also list related activities, such as teaching and advisory positions.Maximum number pages 3.

CV curator / observer
Upload your CV with the most important information about your entire professional practice, withan emphasis on the last 1 to 4 years. Mention relevant articles and publications, research,exhibitions, manifestations, lectures, commissions, grants and prizes. Also mention relatedactivities, such as teaching positions, advisory and committee positions. Maximum numberpages 3.

Plan (max. 4 pages)
Describe your substantive motivation for attending this residency and describe your artistic plan.Also describe how you intend to reach a suitable audience and link that audience to the projector the work you will complete during the working period. This can, for example, take the form of ablog or information posted on your website, or include an exhibition, open studio or workshopsduring the residency period.

Visual documentation

For artists
Compile a PDF document with no more than 20 images of your most important works from thelast one to four years. Begin with the most recent work. It may also help to include a few imagesof the work as it appeared in presentations, such as an exhibition. Always include photographs ofindividual works. For those who create films, performances and/or installations, you can alsoupload sound, video or film fragments totaling up to 15 minutes (all together no more than 300MB).
Upload a separate list of your documentation, also in PDF format, corresponding to the chronologyof your visual (or other) documentation. Include a description or caption for each image and/orsound or video fragment, for example: 01, title, 2021, loop 2 min.

For curators or art observers
Your application will also be assessed on the basis of visual documentation, with the emphasison the last one to four years. Compile a PDF document with a selection of no more than six ofyour most relevant and topical articles and/or no more than 10 images of recent exhibitions,events or other activities. You may also upload video or film fragments of projects you haverealized (totaling no more than 15 minutes).
The visual material must be uploaded separately after you have submitted your application form.Together, they must not be more than 300 MB. You are also requested to upload a separate documentation list that corresponds with the visual material. When you submit your applicationform, you will immediately receive a confirmation e-mail with a link to a page where you canupload your documentation material.

Where applicable:

Proof of residency in the Netherlands: Personal Records Database registration
If you do not have Dutch citizenship, you need to upload a recent copy (no more than threemonths old) of your registration with the Personal Records Database (uittreksel basisregistratiepersonen) of the municipality where you live. It shows that you reside in the Netherlands.

Banking information and Chamber of Commerce registration
We need your bank account number in order to transfer funds if your application is approved.If your current bank account number is known to the Mondriaan Fund, you do not need to provideany more information.

  • If your bank account number has been changed or is new to the Mondriaan Fund, uploada recent bank statement that clearly shows the account holder’s name and IBAN.
  • Do you have a business bank account for your one-person business? If so, also upload arecent copy of your registration with the Chamber of Commerce (uittreksel Kamer vanKoophandel), no more than three months old. That confirms that your business bankaccount number is for your one-person business.

Diploma, art school deregistration, Chamber of Commerce registration
Have you been working as a professional visual artist for less than 3 years? If so, we need acopy of your diploma or degree from an institute for higher arts education, or a declaration fromthat institute confirming the date when you stopped being a student there. If you have notfollowed an art school education, you can instead include a recent copy of your registration withthe Dutch Kamer van Koophandel or a non-Dutch Chamber of Commerce, no more than threemonths old. That will confirm that you are registered as a visual artist.

Ticked all the boxes? Start your application!

My Fund

Before submitting an application, do not forget to read the conditions, assessment, checklist and application procedure above!

Where

See the residencies that we offer below. There are 2 categories of residencies: Residency in the Netherlands and Residency abroad. You can apply for a maximum of 2 residencies per category. This means that, if residencies from 2 categories are offered at the same time, you can apply for a maximum of 2 residencies in the Netherlands and 2 residencies abroad. You must submit an application form separately for each application.

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

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