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Applications for De Ateliers 2020 are now closed.

De Ateliers is an artists’ institute open to talented artists at the beginning of their professional career. It offers a two-year studio and tutoring programme that is best tailored to the needs of artists who wish to strengthen their artistic foundation, develop their ideas and deepen their practice in a focused, critical environment among peers from all around the globe. The programme is centred around weekly individual studio conversations with regular and guest tutors, most of whom are practicing artists, aiming to create a better understanding of one’s artistic position by offering a multiplicity of perspectives and critical feedback. De Ateliers is dedicated to studio practice in the widest sense: we consider the studio to be a crucial locus for artistic production, a malleable, porous membrane between the artist and the world that offers finely tuneable conditions for focus, reflection, engagement and activation. A place located in the eye of contemporary reality, where research, thinking and reflection is concentrated in the act of making.

Although there is no formal age limit for applications, most applicants are under 28 years old. Command over English is required. A completed art education is not required. All applications are reviewed by the artist tutor team of De Ateliers, and assessed along criteria like artistic urgency, potential for development, and experimental engagement with the visual/material/formal possibilities of art practice. Application to De Ateliers is not open to artists who are working / have worked at one of the Dutch postgraduate institutions, the Jan van Eyck Academy (Maastricht), BAK (Utrecht) and Rijksakademie (Amsterdam).

The deadline to apply for the working year 2020-2021 (starting on September 1st, 2020) is February 1st, 2020. Applications are open from December 1st, 2019, onwards. The selection procedure takes approximately four months. Applicants are informed on the status of their application by email. Names of new participants are announced on this website early July.

Due to the large number of applications, it is not possible to elaborate on individual decisions. Unsuccessful applicants are welcome to apply again with new works the following year.

The online application form is divided in the following four sections:

1 Personal Data & (art) education 
The first part of this section includes uploading an up to date CV (e.g. solo / group exhibitions, residencies, publications, awards etc.) and a copy of a valid ID (passport or identity card). In this section, you can also leave the name of your application partner(s) in case you want to apply as a duo/group. Please note that if you want to apply as a duo/group, both/all of you will have to fill out the online application form and should pay the €50 application fee. You can both/all upload the same works, resume and motivation. Please make clear how you collaborate and who contributed what to the works. When accepted you will share one studio, but both/all of you will receive the stipend.

The second part of this section requires information about your (art) education (e.g. institute, course of study, study period, degree etc.). You can add a maximum of three courses of study.

2 Your work
At this section, you can submit an artist statement and upload files. Please give a description of the submitted works and / or your work in general within 400 words.

You can upload a minimum amount of 10 files and a maximum amount of 20 files (images or video links). For images, please limit the size to 2 MB each. For video links, please use a reliable video hosting service such as Vimeo or YouTube, and ensure that your work is publicly viewable through the link provided. If your videos are longer than ten minutes each, please make excerpts. It is possible to upload a maximum amount of 3 videos. You can upload these in the first three file options. If you have more material, make sure you merge the videos into one compilation.

3 Your application
At this section, please provide us with the reason you apply to De Ateliers within 400 words.
Any additional information you feel is relevant to your application can be provided here.

4 Review application & submit
At this section you can review your application details and confirm if everything is correct before proceeding to the payment section and submitting your application. Please make sure to save your application before proceeding to the payment section.

The non-refundable application fee is €50, payable by iDeal, PayPal or credit card only. Applicants from and living in the ‘Least Developed Countries’, ‘Other Low Income Countries’ and ‘Lower Middle Income Countries and Territories’ on the DAC list are exempt from payment. Applicants from the ‘Upper Middle Income Countries and Territories’ on the DAC list do have to pay the application fee. Please see the DAC list attached herePlease note that once you have submitted the form, it is not possible to return to the application form. If you wish to review your application after it is submitted, make screenshots before you submit. The application is complete once the application form has been submitted and the payment has been fulfilled.

General information about the application form
In case you want to leave a field blank but you are required to fill it out (see fields marked with a *), please fill out N/A (not applicable).

You can save your application at any time and proceed with the application form from any computer (within 30 days).

If you have any questions about the application, please see our page with frequently asked questions, here. If you have another question, please contact Julie Boodt:

Phone: +31 (0)20 6739359