1646 – ReCNTR Artist/Researcher Residency (Deadline 29 February)

ReCNTR and 1646 are looking for an (inter)national artist or researcher to do a residency in The Hague!

With an international focus and valuing the circulation of perspectives, the fully funded Residency Program is set up as a retreat to nourish work, develop ideas and connections. Through an annual open call, 1646 and ReCNTR open their doors to artists or researchers engaged in creative practices worldwide, to stay and work/research at 1646 in the centre of The Hague.

What are we looking for?
The call proposed by 1646 and ReCNTR is open to both artists and researchers interested in investigating relevant social and political issues through multimodal and artistic methods. The objective of the residency is to support the work of individuals engaged in the practice of “thinking through making”, i.e. artistic or multimodal practices not as separate from, or in dialogue with knowledge production, but as practices and methodologies of knowledge production in and of themselves.

What can you expect?
The focus of the residency lies on experimenting and researching, rather than arriving at an end result. Because of this it does not conclude in an exhibition. The emphasis is placed on the presence and interaction of the resident within the context of 1646 and ReCNTR’’s community in the Netherlands, composed of artists, art professionals, researchers, students and faculty members, at Leiden University. All residents are asked to present their research/practice to the public during an event that suits the scale or format of their work. This will be decided in conversation with the curatorial team.

What do we offer?

  1. A 2 months residency in September – October 2024
  2. An artist fee of € 2.000 – including VAT.
  3. A production budget of € 1.000,- including VAT.
  4. A studio space of 5 x 3m inside 1646 building. Residents can make use of our (technical) equipment and tools. They can also make use of the workshop facilities of the Royal Art Academy (KABK) and will have access to Leiden University’s facilities, including the library’s physical and online catalogues.
  5. One of 1646’s small studio apartments located in the building of 1646. The accommodation includes a shared kitchen and bathroom. Children and partners are welcome to join the residency when communicated beforehand. Please see the link for images and further details.
  6. Travelling expenses of the artist are covered by 1646 and ReCNTR up to €750. We promote the use of low carbon travelling wherever possible. The travel costs of partners and/or children cannot be covered.
  7. Guests will be offered at least 4 feedback sessions by both 1646 and ReCNTR’s curatorial team (in total).

Selection process

All fully completed applications submitted during this period will be thoroughly reviewed by the selection committee consisting of members from both organisations (1646 and ReCNTR) and outside commission members, all with an artistic, curatorial and/or creative research profile.

The points that the selection committee takes into consideration when looking at the applications are:

  1. Both the artistic and research quality of the portfolio and proposal.
  2. How the portfolio and proposal fit within the context of 1646 and ReCNTR.

Please note we will not judge the applications on the level of English as long as the proposal is clear. However a basic level of English is necessary for the communication with the team of 1646 and ReCNTR, and to get around in The Netherlands.

Applicants will be notified about the selection results in May 2024. All applications will be deleted after the selection has been made.

Due to the large number of applications 1646 and ReCNTR are not able to provide feedback. We will send a general report from the selection committee, including a motivation for the selected artist.

How to apply?

Application can be submitted from 1/2 2024. Applicants may apply until 29/2 2024 11:59 p.m. (CET).

The application form is available on the website of 1646. Only applications received via the form on the 1646 website will be taken into consideration for the residency. Please prepare your application with the following documents:

  1. A project proposal: describing your project and stating goals (max. 1 A4 or 500 words, text only);
  2. Portfolio (max. 30 pages);
  3. CV/Resume.

These documents should be uploaded as one single PDF file (max. 50MB). For large files (like videos), please insert a link to the source where the file can be viewed and include passwords if applicable.

Keep the following documentation tips in mind:

  1. Place your work in horizontal pages (unless the original work is vertical) as most of the applications are initially viewed on a horizontal screen (laptop);
  2. Make sure you put only one or two works per page (combining too many works makes the page illegible);
  3. Insert title, material, size, and year of the work next to or under the image on the same page. You may also include a short description of the work.
  4. Double-check your links in the final PDF before submitting it. If links do not work, 1646 & ReCNTR cannot review your application correctly and properly. The links should be active for at least up to two months after the deadline has passed.

Please contact us via air@1646.nl if you have any questions about the application procedure or the residency. We are not able to give feedback and/or advice on the content of your application.

Applications will be possible from 1st of February 2024 until 29th of February 2024 11:59 p.m. (CET). Apply here, on the webpage of 1646

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