This year, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam presents a public program in the context of the Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs 2018. The program of five events — held bi-weekly on Fridays from 16 February to 13 April — is meant for young, talented artists and art professionals to support them in their artistic and professional development.

On March 16th, the program presents smARTdates, a full-day workshop and speeddating program at Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. smARTdates is a concept organized bij the museum in collaboration with In4Art, aimed at career development, network and presentation skills of artists.

What is smARTdates?

During the smARTdates we create a network arena, where 30 artists will get the chance to speed date with a selection of (private and corporate) collectors, curators and art insititution professionals. In rounds of 10 minutes, participating artists and their collector/curator counterparts are able to start a conversation that guides curiosity and triggers interest in further collaboration. Employing a speed dating model will give the artists the possibility to practice with a variety of perspectives in a short amount of time.

Upfront, participating collectors and curators can show their preferences in their artists of interest, and will be matched accordingly. This way we encourage meetings that go beyond the educational experience and create possibilities of actual connections, that result in new collaborations.

Through the arranged smARTdates, we stimulate learning and create an active, collaborative and engaging relationship between artists and the counterparts. Additionally, the full-day program is enriched with masterclasses on career development, conversation skills and coaching sessions, to prepare participating artists for their smARTdates.

Who will you meet?

smARTdates is a platform for artists to be introduced to collectors, curators and art professionals.
Next to private collectors and freelance curators, representatives from the following art institutions will be present:

  • TENT
  • Stedelijk Museum Schiedam
  • Showroom MAMA
  • 1646
  • V2_
  • Kunstfort Vijfhuizen
  • SIGN

Who can apply?

  • artists 35 years of age and younger
  • based currently in the Netherlands
  • able to attend the full-day smARTdates program on March 16th, 2018 at Stedelijk Museum Schiedam

Deadline to apply: Sunday 25 February 2018
Announcement selected artists: Tuesday 1 March 2018

How to apply:

Fill in all required fields from this application form.
This includes:

  • motivation of max 250 words
  • artist statement
  • digital portfolio


Only fully answered applications are considered. In the selection, will be examined by a small committee of the museum and In4Art. In the selection process, artistic quality, motivation, and current professional level will be taken into consideration, together with the balance and diversity of selected artists.

In total, 30 artists will be selected to take part in the dates with collectors, curators and art professionals.



smARTdates I application form
Date: 16 March 2018, 10am-5pm
Location: Stedelijk Museum Schiedam
Application deadline: February 25th, 2018
Cost: €10 incl. lunch & drinks

In case of questions regarding your application you can contact Rodolfo Groenewoud van Vliet
(rodolfo [@] or phone (06-83981339).

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