15.09.17 – 07.11.17

Vroman Fellowship


15 September – 7 November 2017

Application deadline: 7 November MIDNIGHT

The Van Eyck and the Vroman Foundation jointly offer a Fellowship in the form of a 6-month residency at the Van Eyck. The Vroman Fellowship is open to an artist, designer, writer or other maker whose area of creative activity straddles the border between art and science ‒ in the spirit of the polymath Leo Vroman (1915-2014).

"I am sure there is a beauty in our world that has not yet been shown and could not be expressed without either one of these two fields." Leo Vroman, 2012.

The Vroman Fellow will work at the Van Eyck during the half-year April-September 2018, in the company of 35 – 40 other participants (artists, designers, architects, curators).

The Vroman Fellow will enjoy the use of an individual studio and an apartment. The Van Eyck also provides:
studio visits by staff and guest mentors; the use of well-equipped Labs (printing & publishing, photography/new media, woodwork, metalwork, nature research and a library); collaborative projects with partners from the public, scientific and artistic realms; a public programme of lectures, events, workshops, symposia and exhibitions.

During the residency period, the Vroman Fellow is expected to create new work with palpable cross-disciplinary qualities. A public presentation of the work is part of the residency period.


The selected Vroman Fellow will be an artist-scientist-author-poet, from the Netherlands or abroad. The selected Fellow will be someone who will flourish in the multidisciplinary mental, residential and working milieu of the Van Eyck, resulting in the development of new work.

Candidates will have an affinity for the humane attitude and vision of the scientist, author and artist Leo Vroman. Each will have a distinctly individual way of combining such disciplines in their work.

* Note to Jan Van Eyck Academie applicants:
If you have already applied for a residency at the Van Eyck through the regular Call for Applications, and you consider yourself potentially eligible for the Vroman Fellowship, please inform us by e-mail to solange.roosen@janvaneyck.nl. We will take your existing Jan van Eyck application into account in the selection procedure for the Vroman Fellowship.


The application must be in English and must be submitted digitally as a PDF file. You can complete the form online and submit the PDF file from there. The PDF file must not exceed 10 MB in size.

The application consists of the following sections, which must be preceded by a clear summary of contents and contained in a single PDF file:
a) A project proposal with the motives and objectives of the intended residency period (max. 500 words)
b) Documentation of recent work (dating back no longer than 5 years, max. 25 pages with 1 or 2 images per page)
c) A curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages)

If you need to submit very large files (such as films), please provide a link in your PDF to a server/website/YouTube/Vimeo where the material may be viewed.

NB. Ensure that all links to external sites are valid. Carry out a final check on all links in your PDF before submitting it in the online form. Links to external sites must remain functional until at least two months after the application deadline.

The Fellowship application fee is € 65. The payment procedure is part of the online application form. Once you have completed the form, you will be provided with a PayPal link which you can use for payment.

Questions: application@janvaneyck.nl

A joint committee of the Vroman Foundation and the Van Eyck is responsible for selecting the Fellow. Selection will take place in December 2017. The outcome will be announced around mid December.

The selected Vroman Fellow may start the residency period at the Van Eyck in April 2018.
For the duration of the residency, the Fellow will have disposal over:
‒ a private studio
‒ an apartment
‒ a stipend of €900 monthly
‒ a production budget of €1000


The Vroman Foundation
The Vroman Foundation manages a major part of the estate of Leo and Tineke Vroman. The Foundation brings the richly diverse oeuvre of Leo Vroman to public attention by means of exhibitions, lectures and theatrical productions. It also aims to stimulate the talent development of young artists and scientists who work in a spirit similar to that of Leo Vroman: curious, transgressing boundaries, investigative and original.

Leo Vroman
Leo Vroman (1915-2014), firstly considered himself a scientist but was also a poet, biologist and draughtsman, and was considered one of the most versatile artists of his period. Born in the Netherlands, he fled the country during World War II and later settled in New York. His reputation in the USA was primarily as a scientist, but he was best known in the Netherlands as a poet. His writings formed a richly varied oeuvre, and his poetry in particular is considered one of the high points of Dutch literature.



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