How to apply for the Jan van Eyck Academie residency programme

Deadline for applications

13 March 2022 at 24:00 in Finnish time (GMT+2).

Scholarship and spaces

The 11 month residency at Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, Netherlands starting 1 November 2022 is fully funded with the support of Saastamoinen Foundation. The grant covers access to well-equipped labs and contents of the program of the Jan van Eyck Academie. A monthly stipend and a production allowance is awarded to the selected artist for the period in residence. Furthermore, travel expenses to and from Maastricht (from within Europe) are funded from the programme. The rental apartment in connection to the residency is equipped with an office / studio space for creative work.

The selected artist will receive:

  • Guidance by (guest) advisers doing studio visits
  • Access to well-equipped Labs (Food, Material Matters, Printing & Publishing, Photograhy and Audiovisual, Future Materials), and a library, run by experts in their discipline
  • Access to the (public) program of the academy and a chance to contribute to it
  • A travel allowance from Finland to Maastricht
  • A monthly stipend of 1 000 euros for living costs for 11 months
  • A rental apartment / studio in Maastricht for 11 months
  • A production allowance of 2000 euros in total

As an International Incubators in Fine Arts project grantee, the selected artist commits to share his/her processes in the form of a blog or another open digital platform during the residency and talk about the opportunity to fine art students at the Academy of Fine Arts in events agreed upon in advance. The shared material can be used in the final report from the residency period.


MFA graduates from the Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki under 40-years old who have adequate experience of independent artistic practice are welcome to apply. Duo’s and collectives consisting of maximum two artists are also welcome to apply; they share one residency.

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 13 March 2022 by midnight (24:00) Finnish time.

Participants at the Jan Van Eyck come from all over the world. The languages of communication at the academy are Dutch and English. We expect you to master the English language sufficiently to be able to converse and collaborate with the participants and staff members. When you enroll as a participant at the Van Eyck an agreement of collaboration will be effected. This agreement states all the details concerning your stay, working period, the policies of the academy and mutual rights and duties. Once you have signed this agreement your working period at the Van Eyck can take a start. Please read more about the residency objectives in the call and at Jan van Eyck Academie’s web site.

To apply, applicants must submit the following in one single PDF file (max 5mb):

  1. Full Contact Details (including telephone, email, mobile number and address) with a short presentation.
  2. Project proposal stating goals and purpose of your stay: max 500 words (in the proposal, please include a section on how this residency will fit within your practice and why this is a good time for you to be applying for it).
  3. First ideas concerning an In-Lab, a collaborative project you can set up with fellow participants (for more information, visit Jan van Eyck’s website): max. 500 words
  4. Documentation of recent work: max. 20 works dating back no longer than 5 years. Please note that a website link alone will not be accepted, a PDF portfolio is required. For voluminous files (like videos), please insert a link to the server/website/YouTube/Vimeo where the file can be viewed. Please include the basic information about each work (year, technique, materials, measures / duration etc.)
  5. Your resumé: max. 2 pages (A4)

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All applications are to be submitted in English as one single file by email to: 
For the title, please use your name and ”Jan van Eyck Academie alumni residency”. Please make sure that the files can be opened and that all the links to external sites work at least up to two months after the deadline has past.

Selection process

All applications will be reviewed by an international panel who will create a shortlist of three (3) applicants. The panel is formed by one Uniarts Helsinki Academy of Fine Arts representative and two invited international experts. The final decision will be made at the Jan van Eyck Academie by director Hicham Khalidi, and two other selection committee members. All applicants will be notified about the outcome of their application within a month after closing the call. We will offer short overview feedback based on the decision-making framework when requested by the applicant at a specified time given when informing about the selection.

All applications will be treated confidentially, only the staff and the jury concerned will have access to the information received. For further information on the handling of personal data, read Uniarts Helsinki’s data protection statement for scholarship applicants.

About Jan van Eyck Academie

As a multi-disciplinary Post-Academy, the Jan van Eyck Academie offers residencies to artists, designers—ranging from graphic, fashion, to food and social design—, writers, curators and architects from all over the world. Every participant is provided with the time, space and expertise needed to develop their artistic practice in depth.

The Jan van Eyck Academie is a place for research and experimentation, as well as a place for (public) debate and cross fertilization. Self-development is tied in with collaboration and exchange.

Its labs,—Food, Material Matters, Photography & Audiovisual, Printing & Publishing, Future Materials—, and library, support the participants in the conceptualisation and realisation of their projects.

The Nature Research, Art & Society and Research & Education departments further artistic and academic research, and help the participants in realising their projects in collaboration with external parties.

The academy works with a network of (guest) advisers who provide meaningful guidance for participants and the institute alike.

In-Labs provide a framework for participants to work together. Both content and execution of an In-Lab are determined by the participants themselves.

The public programme addresses the topics that feature on the academy’s agenda. Placing the climate urgency central, Jan van Eyck aims to offer new perspectives and to encourage a conversation about the arts in a world of environmental breakdown.

Plurality lies at the core of the Post-Academy: its multiform organisation, multi-disciplinary and intersectoral approach, makes it a rich environment for participants to thrive and to deepen and ramify their talents.

Further information

Information on the residency programme:
Van Eyck Multiform Institute for fine art, design and reflection
Phone: +31 43 3503709

Information on the open call and grant:
Sade Kahra, project manager at Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts
International Incubators in Fine Arts funded by Saastamoinen Foundation