Rijksakademie Tech Fellowship

Open Call

For over 150 years, the Rijksakademie has been invested in artistic development and forward-thinking art. In our residence programme we house an artist community that is highly international, multi-disciplinary, experimental and critically engaged. Residents have access to technical workshops and guidance by technical specialists. We distinguish the clusters construction, ceramics, media, chemicals and print.

In 2022, the Rijksakademie launches a practical research-residency for young and mid-career artists/makers to further develop their skills in craft and new technology: the Tech Fellowship Programme.

The tech fellows gain new experience by participating in artist projects, material experiments, cross-over projects and knowledge transfer within a master-apprentice structure, in addition to conducting their own research in the workshop. Experienced workshop specialists share knowledge and experience and collaborate with the fellows.

The pilot programme starts with three tech fellowships for eleven months, from February to December 2022.

For the first edition of the programme, from February to December 2022, three tech fellowships are available in the work areas:

• Construction Woodworking and metalworking (including laser cutting and CNC) in the broadest sense of the word, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary projects developed in collaboration with the other technical workshops of the Rijksakademie.

• Media & Electronics Various analogue & digital techniques, such as film, video, photography, animation, motion graphics, sound, 3D scanning, modelling, sculpting and printing, VR, electronics, programming and electromechanics.

• Ceramics Material, shaping, surface treatment and firing of clay, glaze and other ceramic related materials. Digital developments in modelling, mould making and 3D printing of clay.


Young and mid-career artists with advanced knowledge of and interest in expanding their skills in the field of crafts, techniques. You have knowledge of (parts of) one of the three work areas. You have an independent, curious work attitude. You enjoy working with others and sharing knowledge and can work in an international community.

You are available at least four days a week during the period, living in The Netherlands and registered as self-employed.

• practice-based research in the workshops
• personal guidance and coaching by the mentor and the coordinator of the Tech Fellowship programme
• possibility to attend workshops, lectures, seminars relevant to the development of the discipline
• exchange with other institutions/workshops
• a fifth weekday can be spent making own work in the workshops
• a fee of € 12,833.33 for eleven months on an invoicing basis

Individual learning goals and objectives are determined in consultation at the beginning of the programme. The main criteria are the artistic and technical knowledge of the tech fellow, the submitted plan, the ambition to conduct and document research, to increase one's own knowledge, the desire to contribute to the work of others and the intended added value for the technical field.

If you would like to be considered for one of these tech fellowships, please send an email to techfellowship@rijksakademie.nl and include a personal motivation, work plan and portfolio.


Indicate your preferred field of work and give an overview of the technical skills in which you have acquired advanced knowledge. Describe what research you want to do during the Tech Fellowship programme in a brief work plan, and explain how your programme participation will support your future career goals.


Please include 5-10 examples of work that showcase your technical skills. Include a description of the work and making process, date, medium and size.

The deadline for applications is December 1, 2021. Interviews will take place at the Rijksakademie between December 15 – 17, 2021.


We would like to receive the contact details of two referees, including e-mail and telephone numbers.


For questions about the Tech Fellowship programme, please contact Annelie Musters: annelie.musters@rijksakademie.nl.

The Tech Fellowship programme is made possible by the Gieskes-Strijbis Fund and Rabobank.