The Van Eyck invites visual artists with a strong interest in archaeology as a method for their own artistic practice to apply for a fellowship for a period of 6 months in the framework of “NEARCH - New scenarios for a community-involved archaeology”.

We are proud to say that the Van Eyck is a partner of NEARCH, a prestigious European project-based network of archaeological institutes and university departments. NEARCH is funded by the EU through 2018. We are convinced that with all differences visual artists and archaeologists share many similar attitudes, modes of thought and outlooks – amongst them the importance of looking, researching, finding, creating, interpreting, presenting.

THE MATERIALITY OF THE INVISIBLE is one of the themes the partners of NEARCH aim to explore. This theme offers a hitherto unknown opportunity to research in practice the interaction between artists and archaeologists, to work together in close confines, to profoundly exchange information and to thoroughly questioning both professions in an age of change and fluctuating cultural attitudes.
In 2017 an exhibition and symposium is planned to unveil the outcome of this process to an international audience of professionals and non-professionals alike.

The starting point for this fellowship is the idea that all that is visible expresses what is invisible – be it a photograph, a house, a fragment, a day in my life, an artwork, a car in the street. And, similarly, all that is material stresses its immateriality - be it a ruin, a beam of light, a polished surface, a movie, a church. This is the tension of THE MATERIALITY OF THE INVISIBLE and of the working processes of artists and archaeologists.

What we are offering:
- 4 positions at the Van Eyck for a period of 6 months with the possibility of an extension depending on your project. The starting date will be fixed in mutual agreement
- A monthly stipend, a studio and a working budget
- A travel budget to visit excavations and to collaborate closely with one of NEARCH’s partners
- The support of Jan van Eyck’s advisors, the use of its Labs and its multidisciplinary community
- Participation in the general meetings with NEARCH’s partners
- Presentation of your work at the 2017 exhibition

All potential applicants must apply before 1 May 2014

The NEARCH programme brings together the following research organizations, universities and European cultural institutions: the French National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (Inrap - project leader), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), Heritage Institute of Science - National Research Council (Spain), Institute of artistic, cultural and natural heritage of the Emilia -Romagna region (Italy), Culture Lab (Belgium), Faculty Archaeology at the University of Leiden (Netherlands), Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (Poland), Archaeology Data Service, University of York (UK), German Archaeological Institute (Germany), Jan van Eyck Academie (Netherlands), CENTQUATRE - Paris (France), University of Oxford (UK), University of Gothenburg (Sweden). - Associated Partners : Archaeology Unit of the city of Saint- Denis, EAA - European Association of Archaeologists, ICAHM - International Scientific Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management.

For more information on the NEARCH project: click here


Applying is done digitally and in English. Apart from the online application form, the other required parts have to be sent in one PDF file to application@janvaneyck.nl. For voluminous files (like videos), please insert a link to the server/website/You Tube/Vimeo where the file can be viewed. The registration fee is €65,-. The registration procedure is included in the online application 

An application to the Van Eyck consists of:
1. the online application form
2. a PDF file containing the following parts:
a) a clear table of contents
b) a proposal/ideas for your participation in the NEARCH project (max. 1,000 words)
c) documentation of recent work (dating back no longer than 5 years, max. 5 pages)
d) your resume (max. 2 pages)

Your application has to be in before 1 May 2014 and will be assessed by a selection committee consisting of Van Eyck advisors and members of the NEARCH partners. The selection committee meets in May 2014. An interview may be part of the selection procedure. It is our aim to have settled the selections by mid June.

All information about the Van Eyck, its ambition and policy, the application procedure, the stipend, living accommodation, etc. can be consulted here.
Please note that this information applies to the general, annual application round of the academy, and that some parts will not be applicable to the NEARCH fellowship. The main exceptions are that you do not have to write an In-Lab proposal and you do not have to pay the annual personal contribution.

Make sure you carefully read this information so that your application reaches us fully and can be assessed accordingly.

The online application form can be filled out here.

We look forward receiving your application!


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