We have put together some answers to the most common questions that applicants ask us regarding the residency. We hope that these help you. If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I apply for the residency? Who is eligible to apply?

The Rijksakademie residency 2021 is open to all visual artists from all countries and all disciplines. Selected artists usually have finished a BA/MA education and have at least 2 years of independent professional practice before starting a residency at the Rijksakademie, but there is no prerequisite to have undertaken a formal art education.

Application to Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten is not open to artists who are doing a residency / have done a residency at one of the Dutch postgraduate institutions, the Jan van Eyck Academy (Maastricht), BAK (Utrecht) or De Ateliers (Amsterdam).

When you create an application form in the registration page you can choose from several categories. Please note that those categories are just intended for the organization of the selection process. During the residency, the Rijksakademie does not work with categories or disciplines.

2. What does the Rijksakademie offer? What do I get?

The Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten offers two year residencies to around 45 artists each year with the goal of providing space for research, experiment and exchange. Apart from facilities such as a studio, work budget and stipend, there are extended technical and theory facilities. There is no standard program, predominant style or ideology. The Rijksakademie provides time, people and possibilities.

We provide:

  • a private studio including wireless internet/heating/electricity,
  • a stipend €15,000 (in 2021)
  • a working budget €1,500 for the largest part provided by RAEF (Rijksakademie Artists for Artists Endowment Fund),
  • access to technical/theoretical /artistic facilities, advice and support
  • exchange and collaboration within an international network
  • lunch and dinner for subsidized prices in our Cantina (Rijksakademie restaurant)
  • support with visa process in the Netherlands and access to affordable housing in Amsterdam for international artists.

3. What does the Rijksakademie expect from the resident artists?

Having two years’ time and space, facilities and feedback in an international and diverse artist community is a unique opportunity and can be a transformative experience for your work and thinking. We expect resident artists to be able and willing to commit actively and fulltime to the residency: to your own work but also to the ecology you are part of.

4. I do not work in one discipline, which discipline should I apply in?

On the registration page of the application portal you have to choose one discipline in which you would like to apply. You can choose between:

Painting/Graphics/Drawing

Sculpture/Installation

Video/Film/Sound/Digital/Photography

Performance/Social Practice

Dividing the applications in disciplines is just a tool for the application & admission team to process all the applications. As a resident of the Rijksakademie you will be free to work in all/ with any disciplines.

5. Age limit

There are no age restrictions to apply to the Rijksakademie. Most important for the jury is the quality of the applicants' work, and the potential for further development within the context of the Rijksakademie, as well as the possible contribution of the artist to the artist community at the Rijksakademie. Most applicants (and selected candidates) have already several years of experience as an independent artist, after finishing their studies. Most candidates who apply are between 25 and 35 years old, but older (and younger) do apply as well. The average age of the artists at the Rijksakademie is 30.

6. How can we apply as a duo/collective?

We welcome applications form artist duo’s or collectives for a residency at the Rijksakademie. If you are working as a duo/collective and would like to continue working together in the future you can apply with one application.

If you work as a duo or collective at the moment, but you are not sure if you want to keep working together in the future you each have to submit your individual applications.

In the application form you can enter your artist name in step 1: Personal Details.

Please add the name of your artist duo/collective there and add (DUO) or (COLLECTIVE) after the name. Also add the other member(s) personal details.

When adding information about education or residency experiences, please do so for each member. You can upload a CV of each member of your duo/collective.

Please provide more information about your collaboration in the section: Supporting Statement (for example: how do you work together, who does what, how do you see your future working together).

7. I’m from (…), do I have to pay the application fee?

A non-refundable application fee of €50 is charged, with an exception for artists living in the following countries:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Rep., Chad, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo Dem. Rep., Congo Rep., Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea Dem. Rep. (North Korea), Kosovo, Kyrgyz Rep., Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia Federated States, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tokelau, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Wallis and Futuna, West Bank and Gaza Strip, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.*

* These are the countries from the so-called DAC-list (2018-2020). The DAC is the Development Assistance Committee of the OECD, established in 1961.

8. A fellowship and how to raise one?

The Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten is generously supported by the Dutch government. For the other part the Rijksakademie depends on other private and public funding among others by finding fellowships.

The Rijksakademie requires all resident artists to contribute financially to their residency by raising a fellowship of €15,000 a year. This requirement consists of an effort obligation towards the Rijksakademie, to be fulfilled by finding a fellowship and transferring it to the Rijksakademie or by providing several declined applications to give proof of your genuine effort.

In case you would be invited for an interview (which is the last stage of the selection procedure), the applicant will receive more information about the fellowship. Getting selected/admitted does not depend on whether you can or will obtain a fellowship. The Rijksakademie Trustfund will contact the selected applicants soon after being selected to offer their help and give you advice on applications for fellowships and funding.

9. Payment of annual fee

The annual fee for all resident artist amounts to €2,750, to be paid before the residency starts. More information is being provided after being selected for the residency. In some cases, it is possible to find additional funding or a sponsor for this, besides the Fellowship.

10. Can I visit the Rijksakademie and meet someone to discuss my application?

Due to the high number of applications we unfortunately can’t provide individual tours or meetings for applicants.

You can visit the Rijksakademie, the studios and workshops during our annual Rijksakademie Open Studio’s that takes place in April 2021. We do host other public events, please check our website or Facebook page for the latest news. It is also possible to visit the Rijksakademie library every Wednesday-Friday between 11 am-5 pm.

We are happy to answer your questions through email: applications@rijksakademie.nl, the Communication Inbox on the homepage of the application form or after calling us at +31(0)20-5270300.

11. I want to bring my partner/family to Amsterdam if I will be selected for a residency, is this possible?

The Rijksakademie unfortunately cannot support a residence permit or financial help for partners and/or families. This means you will have to provide for your partner and family yourself. Please be aware the stipend might seem as a large amount, but in Amsterdam this provides for a very basic standard of living for one person. Also, if you are not an EU citizen you are not allowed to work in the Netherlands in order to raise some extra money.

There are limited opportunities for (family) housing, for artists from outside the Netherlands.

After being selected for the Rijksakademie, we will of course help you to find the best solution for your personal situation.

12. Can I apply more than once?

Due to the high amount of applications, you can not apply more than 3 times for a residency at the Rijksakademie (starting from the selection process for 2021).

If you already applied before, you still have to fill out a complete new application form if you want to apply to the Rijksakademie residency 2021. You can use the same email address as with your previous application. When you fill in your email address and password, a new registration page will pop up. When you do not remember your password, please click ‘Forgot password?’ to receive a new password to make a new registration. One you have registered, you can start to complete the application form. Please make sure to include works the jury hasn’t seen before.