career development

smARTdates application open

We are proud to announce that, for the third year, we organize together with Stedelijk Museum Schiedam on March 20th, 2020 the smARTdates event to boost the career opportunities of artists. The event is part of the in-depth program supporting the Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs and is made possible by stichting Stokroos.
Are you an artist and do you want to grab this chance?

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If you are unable to fill in the online form- please email lija [@] for the offline version

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 institution 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 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, representatives from a.o. the following art institutions will be present:

  • Stedelijk Museum Schiedam
  • TAC Eindhoven
  • TENT
  • ING Corporate Collection
  • Rabobank Corporate Collection
  • Stichting Stokroos

Who can apply?

  • Artists 35 years of age and younger
  • Graduated before 2019 from an art academy
  • Currently based in the Netherlands
  • Able to attend the full-day smARTdates program on March 20th, 2020 at Stedelijk Museum Schiedam

Deadline to apply: Sunday February 9th, 2020
Announcement selected artists: Monday February 24th, 2020

How to apply:

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

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

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If you are unable to fill in the online form- please email lija [@] for the offline version


Only fully answered applications are considered. 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. The selection will be conducted by a small committee of the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam and In4Art. In total, a maximum of 30 artists will be selected to take part in the smARTdates with collectors, curators and art professionals.

Date: March 20th, 2020, 9.30am-5pm
Location: Stedelijk Museum Schiedam
Application deadline: Feb. 9th, 2020
Cost: €10 incl. lunch & drinks

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