publication date 16-7-2012

Collaboration with De Ateliers: Towards a new top institute for exceptional talent

The Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten and De Ateliers, the two national leading postgraduate art institutions, have decided to join forces. Their aim is to unite the best of both institutions in a new centre of excellence that will accommodate up to 60 artists. It is the ambition of the new institute to consolidate and give new impetus to the Netherlands’ leading international position in high-level talent development.

The current two locations on Sarphatistraat and Stadhouderskade in Amsterdam will remain the bases of operations. The condition for the establishment of a successful cooperation is the finding of a political solution to the high costs of housing and personnel of the Rijksakademie. Both the Rijksakademie and De Ateliers also urge the central government to continue to support talent development in the visual arts, specifically also after 2016. Both institutes are very successful in fundraising from individuals and businesses, and consider talent development to be of great importance to Dutch society. The new top institute for talent development, incorporating the best the Netherlands have to offer in this field, requires structural basic government funding in order to fulfil its functions for society. It would be irresponsible to leave the further development of this vital part of the art and cultural field at the hands of the market.

The cooperation plan will be submitted to the Ministry of Education on July 16th. The Council for Culture will issue an opinion on August 13th. The Secretary of State will make his decision known in the third week of September.