smARTdates: call for entries is open

We are proud to announce that, for the second year, we organize together with Stedelijk Museum Schiedam 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.
To read more about the first edition, click here.
Are you an artist and do you want to grab this chance?

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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:

  • TENT
  • Stedelijk Museum Schiedam
  • ING Corporate Collection
  • V2_
  • DSM Corporate Collection
  • SIGN
  • LAM
  • KRC 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 May 24th, 2019 at Stedelijk Museum Schiedam

Deadline to apply: Sunday April 14th, 2019
Announcement selected artists: Wednesday May 1st, 2019

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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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: May 24th, 2019, 10am-5pm
Location: Stedelijk Museum Schiedam
Application deadline: April 14th, 2019
Cost: €10 incl. lunch & drinks

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