01.07.19 – 01.10.19

Vroman Fellowship 2020


1 July – 1 October 2019

Application deadline: 1 October 2019

The Jan van Eyck Academie and the Vroman Foundation for the second time 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 or writer who works on the intersection of art and science.

In the spirit of polymath Leo Vroman (poet, writer, visual artist, biologist and haematologist 1915-2014), the fellow is given the opportunity to work from May - October 2020 in the multiform environment of the academy. The fellow will be working on his own projects, among other international participants from different disciplines and cultures.

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

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


The Vroman Fellowship is open to an (inter) national artist/scientist with a curious, inquisitive outlook. The selected Fellow will be someone who will flourish in the interdisciplinary thinking, living and working environment of the academy, resulting in the development of new work.

Candidates will have an affinity with 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.

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, including a motivation of why you will be suited for this particular fellowship (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 € 70. 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.

A joint committee of the Vroman Foundation and the Van Eyck is responsible for selecting the Fellow. Selection will take place in December 2019. The outcome will be announced around mid December.

The selected Vroman Fellow may start the residency period at the Van Eyck in May 2020.

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 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 (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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