The Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam is - nationally
and internationally - a factor of significance in contemporary visual
arts; as a sanctuary, a hub and a rich source point. It is an ”Institute
for Practical study” with characteristics of both a post-graduate
research fellowship and an artist-in-residence centre.
Every year thirty artists are selected who can work at the Rijksakademie
for two years on their own research, production and/or presentation.
The participating artists at the Rijksakademie come from all over the
Since 1995 active participants and mentors have been recruited from Africa,
Asia and Latin America and, as a result, one third of the artists now
originate from non-western countries.
Through the presence of artists and mentors with differing cultural backgrounds,
the Rijksakademie creates an environment in which differing ideas about
the quality and the function of art are given their due, and engage “in
discussion” with each other.