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Call for Applications – Fine Art, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, NL

Jan van Eyck AcademieDeadline: 01 October 2011

Eligibility: Researchers are expected to have attained a level equivalent to a master’s degree, and preferably to have some years of professional experience. Researchers are expected to establish the aims, methodologies and realisation of their projects. Researchers are expected to independently formulate a relationship to the discipline of fine art, or or to a collective research project.

Paid by artist: The application fee is € 65, both for individuals and research teams.

Paid by host: Researchers who fully commit to the institute (see ‘application details’) receive an annual stipend of € 9,360 paid in 13 instalments of € 720. Researchers who cannot fully comply with this condition receive only half of the annual stipend.

Institution:
E-mail address: judith.lindekens [@]
Location: Maastricht, NL
Discipline: Fine Art

Receptive recruitment
Annually, the Jan van Eyck organises a receptive recruitment campaign. Candidates are requested to submit proposals for research and/or production and to indicate the length of the desired research period (minimum 1 month, maximum 24 months). Candidates can apply for a one-year or two-year period starting at the academic year on 1 January each year.

The selection is carried out departmentally (Fine Art, Design, Theory). In other words, candidate researchers are asked to relate to a – this does not necessarily mean the submitted proposal has to fit within the generally valid definition of the chosen discipline: it is all to do with the independently formulated relationship to the discipline in question. Through this receptive recruitment the Jan van Eyck can accommodate unique individual research proposals which cannot be realised elsewhere.

Pro-active
Apart from the receptive recruitment of (advising) researchers the Jan van Eyck also applies a pro-active approach to recruitment. Like the receptive recruitment – the formulation of the research proposal is the task of the candidate researcher – the pro-active recruitment is not carried out according to a particular format. A recruitment and research trajectory is designed per subject and/or per involved party – internal and/or external (advising) researchers; partners in the Netherlands and abroad. A research project can be proposed by a partner institute, after which the recruitment of (advising) researchers is started. Alternatively, a research project may be initiated by an advising researcher or it can be realised together with one or more researchers, whether or not especially recruited to this end. A research project can also be defined by an ad hoc committee, making a pronouncement on what is seen to be an urgent theme within a particular discipline at a given moment in time. In all cases, selection takes place after candidate researchers have applied and have been interviewed by the selection committee. The length of the research period is dependent on the objectives of the research project.

or a project
Candidates applying for Fine Art, Design or Theory are asked to propose an individual research project. They can indicate their interest in participating in one of the projects that are offered by the department of their choice or other departments.

Researcher’s Profile
Researchers are expected to have attained a level equivalent to a master’s degree, and preferably to have some years of professional experience.
Researchers are expected to establish the aims, methodologies and realisation of their projects.
Researchers are expected to independently formulate a relationship to the discipline of fine art, design or theory or to a collective research project.

Language
The Jan van Eyck is an international institute that welcomes artists, designers and theoreticians from all over the world. The languages of communication in the institute are English and Dutch. Researchers are expected to have sufficient knowledge of English.

Research Period
The academic year starts on 1 January and ends on 31 December. Research candidates can apply for a one-year or two-year research period starting on 1 January.
It is also possible to apply to do research for a different period of time (from 1 month up to 24 months). In that case, research candidates must indicate the duration of their desired research period. A time frame for their research project, stating when they would like to start and end their stay at the Jan van Eyck, must be included in the application.

Attendance
Researchers are expected to show interest in what is produced by fellow researchers. Regular presence in the Jan van Eyck is therefore required.
At the start of the research period researchers are asked to commit fully to the institute. If they do, they receive an annual stipend of € 9,360. To fully commit means that researchers have to be present at the institute at least fourteen days a month and give at least two public (internal or external) presentations. Researchers who cannot comply with this condition will receive only half of the annual stipend (€ 4,680). Their involvement will be further outlined in the researcher’s contract.
If researchers fail to conform to the agreements made, a solution will be sought in consultation with the department and the directors.

Standard of Award
Since the Jan van Eyck is not a training institute it does not award degrees.
Researchers can obtain a letter of recommendation on request.

Contact
For questions or more information relating to the application procedure, finances, immigration procedures or accommodation in Maastricht, please check our FAQ section or contact Leon Westenberg (researchers’ secretary):
leon.westenberg@janvaneyck.nl or +31 (0)43 3503724.
For content related questions on the Jan van Eyck Academie in general or on collective research projects, please check our FAQ section or contact Judith Lindekens: judith.lindekens@janvaneyck.nl or +31 (0)43 3503721.

FINANCES:

Researchers’ contract
The relationship between the researcher and the Jan van Eyck is laid down in a contract. The contract covers the following topics: registration, information on policy and the concrete results of the research. Candidates who are accepted as researchers can only start their research period once the contract is signed.

Stipend
Researchers who fully commit to the institute (see ‘application details’) receive an annual stipend of € 9,360 paid in 13 instalments of € 720. Researchers who cannot fully comply with this condition receive only half of the annual stipend.

If a researcher obtains a from third parties through the mediation of the Jan van Eyck, a deduction will be applied to the stipend of the institute. If a researcher succeeds in finding additional financial means independently, that is to say, without mediation of the institute, these means will not be deducted from the Jan van Eyck stipend.

The institute estimates living expenses, including accommodation, at € 645 a month, based on the minimum standard of living in the Netherlands.
If two or more people wish to apply as a research team, the selection committee will decide about the question whether you will receive one or two stipends depending on the project proposal.

Production budget
Researchers who need financial support for realising productions can submit proposals to the departments. The departments have full autonomy. The departments themselves determine the procedures for submitting proposals, for the way decisions are made and how the budget is spent.

Editorial Board
To request financing for large productions (exceeding € 3,500), researchers can submit proposals to the Editorial Board, the multi-disciplinary platform for content discussions in de Jan van Eyck, which has a production budget. The institute encourages collaboration with partner institutes and assists in obtaining (project) subsidies and sponsoring in order to increase the financial means for productions.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Application deadline
The Jan van Eyck Academie still has positions available in the Fine Art Department for the next academic year, starting on 1 January 2012. Artists are invited to submit proposals for individual research projects.
Deadline for submissions is 1 October 2011.

Procedure
Artists, designers and theoreticians who fit the researchers’ profile (see: application details) are welcome to apply. Their application must include a project proposal, documentation material and an application form. After the application deadline has passed, the selection committee will meet. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview with the committee at the Jan van Eyck Academie. more info

The application fee is € 65, both for individuals and research teams.

Location
The Jan van Eyck is based in Maastricht, a university town in the south of the Netherlands, situated near Belgium and Germany. Cities like Brussels, Antwerp, Aachen and Cologne, but also Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Paris can be reached by train within three hours.

Housing
Rooms and flats are in short supply in and around Maastricht. After acceptance, researchers receive information on how to search for accommodation. The researchers’ secretary assists in this matter. It is important to start looking as soon as possible after admission. The average rent for a room in Maastricht is € 320 per month.
Housing is not included in your residency at the Jan van Eyck Academie. Researchers do have a right to a studio/working space at the Jan van Eyck. It is, however, strictly forbidden to use your studio for housing purposes.

Researchers who do not have Dutch nationality require a permit to reside in the Netherland.

Complete rules and application form may be downloaded from the web site:

http://www.janvaneyck.nl/

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