Applications for De Ateliers 2021 are now closed.

De Ateliers is an artists’ institute open to 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 highly motivated artists who wish to strengthen their artistic foundation, develop their ideas and deepen their practice in a focused, critical environment among peers from around the globe. The programme is centred around weekly individual studio conversations, with regular and guest tutors, most of whom are practicing artists. The aim is to create a better understanding of one’s artistic position and process by offering a multiplicity of perspectives and critical feedback.

De Ateliers is dedicated to studio practice in the widest sense. It considers the studio to be a crucial locus for artistic production, one which serves as a malleable, porous membrane between artists and the world and that offers finely tuneable conditions for focus, reflection, engagement and exchange. The studio can be a place located in the eye of contemporary reality, where research, thinking and reflection is concentrated in the experimental act of making.

The individual and intensive nature of the De Ateliers programme, with weekly one-on-one studio visits by tutors on Tuesdays, demands a highly motivated and committed attitude. For those artists who are actively looking for regular critical feedback and have an open attitude towards a wide range of artistic voices and opinions, the generous time and space the De Ateliers programme offers can produce a life changing experience.

De Ateliers is a small scale institution, with twenty spacious studios housed in a monumental studio building in the center of Amsterdam. It offers access to basic workshop facilities, a library, public programs and connections to relevant art and knowledge institutions in Amsterdam and beyond. To facilitate and support their stay in Amsterdam, participants at De Ateliers are able to get access to shared housing, and stipends to cover basic costs of living.

Although there is no formal age limit for applications, our experience is that 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 potential for development, artistic urgency, and an interest in the visual/material/formal possibilities of art practice in a studio context. 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 2021-2022 (starting on September 1st, 2021) is March 1st, 2021. Applications are open from January 1st, 2021. 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 the De Ateliers 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 in case you want to apply as a duo. Please note that if you want to apply as a duo, both will have to fill out the online application form and pay the €50 application fee. You can both upload the same works, resume and motivation. Please clearly describe the nature and process of your collaboration. When accepted you will share one studio, but both 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
In this section an artist statement can be submitted, and your files uploaded. An artist statement can contain max. 400 words. It should give insight in your artistic position, ideas, and interests.

Please upload a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 images or video links to work documentation, and caption the images as complete as possible. For images, there is a 2 MB file size limit. 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 want to present more material, make sure you edit the videos into one compilation.

3 Your application
In this section, please provide us with the reason you apply to De Ateliers. What is your motivation for this particular institutional context? (max. 400 words).
Any additional information you feel is relevant to your application can be provided here.

4 Review application & submit
Here your application details can be reviewed and confirmed 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