Grant Opportunities

Mondriaan Fund offering grant for International Collaborative Projects with Heritage Institutes (Netherlands)

Mondriaan Fund offering grant for International Collaborative Projects with Heritage Institutes (Netherlands)

Deadline: 9-May-22

The Mondriaan Fund is seeking applications for the International Collaborative Projects with Heritage Institutes to promote new insights, research and international collaborations in the field of cultural heritage whose importance will draw international attention and which will result in a presentation.

The grant for International Collaborative Projects with Heritage Institutes is intended for one or more Dutch cultural heritage institutions that collaborate with foreign cultural heritage institutions in research projects in fields covered by both of their collections.

For Dutch cultural heritage institutions to collaborate with foreign cultural heritage institutions in research projects in fields covered by both of their collections. The grant may also be requested for the development phase of the project, for example to pay for the travel and accommodation expenses incurred by researchers and curators, and towards the costs of presenting the study results in the Netherlands.

Target Groups and Target Areas
Mondriaan Fund grants can be awarded to a range of target groups and for various areas or disciplines. These include visual artists, institutions, organizations, curators, art observers and commissioners of art works in the field of visual art or cultural heritage. What the Mondriaan Fund specifically means by these terms is explained below.

Visual artists: The Mondriaan Fund defines visual artists as all those who work professionally in one or more of the disciplines of drawing, painting, printmaking, graphic art, sculpture, (social) sculpture and installation art, conceptual or performance art, artistic research, non-traditional forms of visual art, photography, audiovisual, digital or (new) media art, visual arts applications or art in public spaces.
Curators and art observers: In this category of curators, art observers, critics and researchers, the Mondrian Fund assumes that the applicant is professionally active in the field of contemporary visual arts or cultural heritage. A curator or art observer carries out projects that lead to the deepening of knowledge, visibility and insight in contemporary visual art or cultural heritage in the Netherlands.
Cultural Heritage: The Mondriaan Fund defines cultural heritage as all that which has cultural-historical value and collectively forms the material and immaterial heritage of Dutch society. This includes objects in museum collections, archaeological finds and archives, as well as the stories, customs and habits that are associated with them. Not included here are the conservation and management of monuments, landscapes, the excavation of archaeological objects and activities specifically related to excavations.
Art Platform: The Mondriaan Fund considers art platforms to include art initiatives, collectives and visual arts organizations which do not manage collections and which focus on the public presentation of innovative contemporary visual art. The primary objective of these art platforms, which may or may not have legal entity status, is the presentation of contemporary visual arts, without a profit motive.
Gallery: The Mondriaan Fund understands a gallery to be a professional, economically independent space that is open to the public, in which successive (changing) exhibitions are held with the aim of selling the work of living artists from the Netherlands.
Art Fair: An art fair is an event where suppliers and purchasers of art, such as galleries and art buyers, meet in the presence of the work. At an art fair, galleries with their own stand or exhibition space present themselves and the living artists they represent in the most representative way possible to interested visitors.
Applicants outside the field of visual arts or cultural heritage: Individuals or organizations working in areas other than the visual arts or cultural heritage who nevertheless believe that their activities significantly contribute to these fields can apply to the Mondriaan Fund, provided they adequately describe the visual arts or cultural heritage aspects of their work.
Eligibility Criteria
Visual artists, curators or observers
In order to be eligible for a grant from the Mondriaan Fund, an organization, visual artist, curator or observer must be substantively active in the arts and embedded in the professional practice of visual art or cultural heritage in the Netherlands.
Applicants who do not have Dutch nationality must include proof of residence from Basisregistratie Personen (BRP – Personal Records Database), less than 3 months old confirming your residency in the Netherlands.
This applies to any artists, curators or observers submitting an application, as well as to all artists, curators or observers for whom another party is submitting an application.
Institutions, commissioning parties and other legal entities
In order to qualify for a grant from the Mondriaan Fund, an applicant institution, organization, commissioning party or other legal entity must be established in the Netherlands.
Exceptions to this are made for the International Art Presentation and International Art Fair grants, for which foreign institutions may apply for an activity involving contemporary visual art from the Netherlands.
Grant applications may be submitted by Dutch institutions managing cultural heritage of national significance.
In order to be eligible, such a Dutch institution must have entered into a partnership with similar cultural heritage institutions abroad.
The proposed research project must be shown off by both the Dutch institution and its international partner/s.
The applicant will make a significant financial contribution to the acquisition of the object itself. The grant application is more likely to be successful if the applicant has raised some funds itself by means of a crowd-funding campaign, e.g.
The foreign partner’s or partners’ share of the project costs must be in acceptable proportion to the grant awarded by the Mondriaan Fund.
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