10.01.18 – 14.02.18

Like an Artist


Period: April, May, June 2018

Application deadline: 14 February 2018 - Midnight

In the Like an Artist project, the Van Eyck offers three one-month working periods to artists, designers, writers and other makers, in the period April - June. Candidates must be age 40 or above; there is no upper limit. Applications must be received by midnight on 14 February. The Like an Artist project forms part of a research study on talent development for mature artists, conducted in collaboration with Maastricht University. The provision of working places at the Van Eyck for mid-career and older artists is an important component of the study.

Each of the selected artists will have the use of a personal studio at the Van Eyck for one month. They will find themselves in the company of 35 to 40 other participants who include artists, designers, architects, curators and writers. The Van Eyck offers studio visits by staff and guest mentors, well-equipped Labs (for printing & publishing, photography/new media, woodwork, metalwork, the library and nature research), and a public programme of lectures, events, workshop courses, symposia and exhibitions.

The participant in Like an Artist is intended to work on a self-chosen project that gives expression to his or her qualities. A public presentation opportunity is an essential part of the working period. The selected artists must be available for interviews with researchers from Maastricht University.

The research outcomes of Like an Artist will be presented at a symposium. There will also be a publication on the project.

Any professional artist, designer, writer or other maker aged 40 years or more may apply. The candidate must feel empathy for the vision of the Van Eyck, and should be open to interaction with other participants, staff and visitors. He or she must also be prepared to cooperate with research on talent development in collaboration with Maastricht University.

Applying is done digitally in either English or Dutch: the online application form can be found here. In the online application form you can upload your actual application as one PDF file. This PDF file shouldn’t be larger than 10 MB.

An application consists of the following parts and should be preceded by a clear table of contents:
a) a project proposal stating goals and purpose of your stay, include (if applicable) in which Lab(s) you would like to work and for what reason (max. 600 words)
b) documentation of your work (maximum 25 pages, 1 or 2 images per page, half of your documentation should be of recent work, dating back no longer than 5 years)
c) your resume (max. 2 pages)

For voluminous files (like videos), please insert a link to the server/website/You Tube/Vimeo where the file can be viewed.

Please make sure all the links to external sites work! Double-check your links in the final PDF file before uploading it in the online application form. If links do not work, the selection committee cannot review your application properly. The links should also work at least up to two months after the deadline has passed.

The registration fee is €25. The registration procedure is included in the online application: on finalizing the form you will be redirected to Paypal where you can pay the €25.

If you do not have a Paypal account and someone else pays for you, please contact us immediately: application@janvaneyck.nl, and let us know the name of the person who paid your registration fee.

Questions? Send an email to: application@janvaneyck.nl  / or call: +31 (0)43 325 55 10

A joint committee of Maastricht University and the Van Eyck is responsible for selecting the candidate. Selection will take place beginning of March 2017. The outcome will be announced mid-March. We cannot enter into correspondence about the decision of the selection committee.

The three selected candidates may start their residency period at the Van Eyck either from 1 April to 1 May or from 1 May to 1 June 2018. The starting date will be determined by the Van Eyck.

For the duration of the residency, the candidate will have disposal over:
‒ a private studio
‒ a production budget of €500


Van Eyck Mirror, the project agency of the Van Eyck, organized in December 2013 the symposium Living Like an Artist. This symposium highlighted - from the perspective of the senior professional artist - the current ideas in society about aging and old age. The Hubert van Eyck Academie and Van Eyck Mirror take the symposium as a starting point for a new project called Like an Artist. The project sheds a new light on the distinctive way of life of artists and the way in which they operate within an extensive social fabric and deal with societal issues. Like an Artist investigates the value the artists’ lifestyles and working methods can have for society, connected to the idea of talent development.



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