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Open Call – Zuid. Boijmans Van Beuningen

Are you an artist or art collective working within the field of social art practices? Are you ready for a next step in your career and are you open to critical reflection on your own artistic practice? Would you be open to involving residents, children or partners in the neighbourhood in your work? Are you interested in exploring the collection, Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen and museological practices? Then we are looking for you.

Zuid. Boijmans Van Beuningen offers an art commission for artists or artists' collectives who use their work to explore new connections between art, heritage and local communities. 

Each year, an open call allows artists and art collectives to propose a new work for Zuid. and engage with the collection of the museum. Artists are invited to work with residents, children or organisations in the neighbourhood.  

Part of the program is to take active part in the wide range of activities being organized by Zuid. and (in collaboration with) partner organizations. The artist/collective is expected to present a plan for a visitor-interaction/program during the commission period.   

How to sign up

To participate, we ask you to make either a video of max 2 minutes or a one-pager in which you explain and/or illustrate your practice and initial proposal. This may be spoken or written in Dutch or English. The video or text may be accompanied by a document with images or illustrations. Send a document or link to your video, together with your contact details before June 3rd 2024 to zuid@boijmans.nl. In the subject mention 'Open call Zuid'.

About Zuid. Boijmans Van Beuningen

Zuid. is located in the former technical school at Hillevliet 90, in the middle of the Feijenoord district. Working with artists, social partners and key figures in the neighbourhood conversations are being had about what can be learned from Zuid. Together we are working on a new museum concept at the interface between culture, social practice and education. Zuid. presents methods for alternative cultural practice, applicable to an innovative museological context. 

What we offer

We offer an artists fee in exchange for the artistic concept and time invested by the artist and a production budget for material costs and external support for the realisation of the project. 

Commissioned artists will have a studio space at Zuid. (approximately 180 m2) at their disposal. Artist are expected to use this as a site for execution of their artistic project and as the working and presenting space from early October 2024 through mid-January 2025.   

Members of the museum staff are available for support and guidance throughout the commission. Zuid. Boijmans Van Beuningen staff has direct experience and expertise with translating artistic ideas to different audiences and can help apply this to your practice.  

Three 14-day sprints are spaced out over the commission period.  

Sprint 1 – Second half of September – Build-up and initiation  

Sprint 2 – Second half of October – Program of interaction and development  

Sprint 3 – Second half of January– Closing events; program, outcome sharing and evaluation.   

The artist is expected to be present full-time during these sprints and at regular intervals in the weeks between these sprints.  

During this period, the space will remain open to the public for regular opening hours.  

Selection procedure

All submissions will be considered. The following criteria will be leading in this regard; 

a. Artistic and educational quality,
b. Significance for the development of one's own professional practice
c. Significance for Rotterdam-Zuid,   
d. Significance for the development of innovative museological practices  

Interviews with selected candidates will take place on June 11th 2024.  

We will be hosting walk-in hours on May 23rd from 16:00 till 18:00 at Zuid. Boijmans Van Beuningen to meet the team, ask any questions and see the available space. Any questions about the selection procedure or the required application documents please reach out to zuid@boijmans.nl 

The selection committee consists of: 

Alexandra van Dongen, curator of historic design, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. 
Florian Borstlap, Junior curator of performance art, media art and events, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Birgit van Beek, Producer, Zuid. Boijmans Van Beuningen  
Stijn Kemper, Program maker, Zuid. Boijmans Van Beuningen


Zuid. Boijmans is made possible by Fonds 21, Mondriaan Fund, Cultuurfonds Zuid-Holland and private donors.