24.08.18 – 01.10.18

RURBAN. Landscapes on the move


RURBAN. Landscapes on the move 
Photography Masterclass

Application deadline: 1 October 2018

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The Werner Mantzstichting and the Hubert Van Eyck Academie invite photographers, visual artists and designers from the Netherlands and abroad to investigate the changing rural and urban landscapes of the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion and to record their ongoing transitions. The RURBAN. Landscapes on the Move photography masterclass aims to shed light on the specific transformation processes affecting this diverse region. The masterclass will be conducted by the photographer Bas Princen together with the mentor/photographers Kim Zwarts and Romy Finke.

The urban areas and surrounding countryside undergo change due not only to natural processes but also to direct human intervention. In the 1920s and 30s, Werner Mantz (1901-1983) mirrored these processes in his era by portraying the increasingly industrialized landscape and the diminishing greenery of what is now the Euroregion.
Like Mantz, the working terrain of the masterclass participants will be that of the Euroregion: from Maastricht to Cologne, covering the valleys of the Rivers Meuse and Rhine. This region will be looked at from a contemporary perspective: what aspects do we currently consider important as subjects for photography? What images are worthy of sharing with others? And which developments are consequently set in motion by the photographic gaze? The masterclass will address these themes, and the outcomes will be shown to the public in an exhibition to be held in the Van Eyck in 2019. On a later date, a selection of the works will be on show in the exhibition space of the Elisabeth Strouven Fund in Maastricht.

The masterclass will begin in November 2018. Participants will work together towards the exhibition which will open in June 2019 in the Van Eyck. The masterclass participants will meet in three sessions of several days in Maastricht. Between these sessions, the participants will continue work independently in their own preferred situations.

The first exploratory meeting is planned for 5, 6 and 7 November 2018 (overnight stays on 5 and 6 November). The participants will present themselves, their work and their methods to one another. The themes of the masterclass will then be developed in greater depth, and the participants will take part in a field trip in the Euroregion together with the masterclass leader. After this first meeting the participants will start their work independently.

The participants will meet for a second session on 17, 18 and 19 April 2019 (overnight stays on 17 and 18 April) to discuss the work they have completed in the meantime. Potential ways of presenting photographic work will also be a subject of further discussion.

The masterclass will conclude with a final meeting on production of the exhibition in the Van Eyck on 7, 8 and 9 June 2019 (overnight stays on 7 and 8 June).

Any professional photographer, visual artist or designer is eligible to apply for participation in the masterclass. Candidates are expected to feel affiliation with the vision of the Van Eyck and to be open to interaction with other participants. A maximum of 10 participants will be selected.

Application takes place digitally. The language must be Dutch or English. The application form may be completed online and accompanied by one PDF file which can be uploaded in the application form, and that contains the additional data. The size of the PDF may not exceed 10 MB.

The content of the PDF file is as follows:
a) Your motivation (max. 600 words).
b) Documentation of recent work (max. 25 pages with 1 or 2 images per page).
c) A curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages).

In the case of video or other very large files files, please provide links in the PDF file to enable viewing on a server or website such as Vimeo or YouTube.

A selection committee will be appointed to assess applications. The committee will convene in early October 2018. The resulting selection is not open to correspondence.

Work resulting from the masterclass will be included in the exhibition to open in June 2019. Each selected participant will receive a budget of 900 euros for the cost of materials and production. Accommodation will be paid for during the masterclass meetings in Maastricht (2 overnights on 3 occasions).

Selected candidates contribute €250 per person to the masterclass, to be paid prior to the start of the masterclass.

Questions: masterclass@janvaneyck.nl / +31 (0)43 325 55 10


With the support of:
Elisabeth Strouven Fonds, Stichting Kanunnik Salden/NieuwenhofPrins Bernard Cultuurfonds, Mondriaan Fund

Image: Bas Princen, Potteries Series, 2016 


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