Open call: Theodora Niemeijer Prize
Open call: Theodora Niemeijer Prize
For emerging women visual artists
The Niemeijer Fund and the Van Abbemuseum are jointly organising the Theodora Niemeijer Prize, an incentive prize for emerging women visual artists. It is the only Dutch visual art prize for woman artists only. In 2021, the prize will be awarded for the fifth time. The prize was introduced in 2012 because works by women artists are still very much underrepresented in exhibitions and museum collections. The winning artist will not only receive a sum of money, but will also get the opportunity to realise a project in the Van Abbemuseum.
Theodora Niemeijer Prize
The aim of the prize, which has been in existence since 2012, is to contribute to the development of talent and the promotion of equal opportunities between male and women artists in the art world. The winner of the fifth edition will be announced on March 8, 2021 (International Women's Day). The prize, worth € 10,000, is awarded once every two years to the artist who makes the best project proposal for Het Oog ("The Eye"), an oval patio in the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven. The winner will not only receive a cash prize, but will also get the opportunity to realise this project for a period of six months, from September 2021 onwards. The artists who finish in the second and third place also receive a check, of € 2,500 and € 1,500 respectively.
"Although there has been a positive change in recent years, the figures show that the opportunities between male and women artists in the Dutch art world aren’t equal yet. That is why the Niemeijer Fund Foundation and the Van Abbemuseum continue to work hard to make women artists in the Netherlands more visible."
- Andrea Davina (chairman of the Niemeijer Fund Foundation) and Charles Esche (director of the Van Abbemuseum).
The importance of the prize
Previous winners indicate that winning the prize has opened up new opportunities for them and emphasise the importance of this prize.
"Initially, I was hesitant to submit anything for the Theodora Niemeijer Prize, because I didn't want to be seen as a 'women' artist. The realisation that this was a self-imposed prejudice convinced me to participate. I encourage everyone to put such prejudices aside."
- Sarah van Sonsbeeck (winner Theodora Niemeijer Prize 2012)
About the Niemeijer Fund
The Niemeijer Fund is named after its founder Theodora Niemeijer (Groningen 1912 - Laren 2004), daughter of the well-known tobacco manufacturer Niemeijer in Groningen. She was a remarkable person with a great passion for the visual arts. In 1996 Theodora Niemeijer founded her own foundation with the aim of stimulating emerging artists. This foundation annually donates amounts from the return of its assets to various artists, from musicians to visual artists and to various initiatives in the field of art, culture and society. In 2021, the Niemeijer Fund will celebrate its 25th anniversary.
About Het Oog ("The Eye")
Het Oog ("The Eye") is an oval shaped outdoor space in the Van Abbemuseum. It serves as a platform which is made available for six months to the artist who is selected. The public has the opportunity to see a work of art being created, and can, in some cases, even participate. Visitors get a chance to talk to the artist and hear more about the underlying motives. The interaction between the museum, the artist and the public is important for the Van Abbemuseum; it's no longer a matter of "passively" looking at art objects. The museum is a living institute, made by and for people.
The submission period for the project proposals runs from 1 October 2020 to 1 January 2021. An expert jury will assess the proposals. Submissions can only be made digitally, by sending an e-mail to theodoraniemeijerprijs[@]vanabbemuseum.nl.
For this edition, the jury of the Theodora Niemeijer Prize will consists of:
- Hedy d'Ancona (sociologist, politician and feminist)
- Emily Pethick (director Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten)
- Charl Landvreugd (head of research and curatorial practice Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, artist and writer)
- Sarah van Sonsbeeck (artist)
- Yolande Zola Zoli van der Heide (curator exhibitions Van Abbemuseum)
- Andrea Davina (chairman of the board Niemeijer Fund Foundation).
WHO CAN SUBMIT A PROPOSAL?
Participation in the Theodora Niemeijer Prize is possible if the following criteria are met:
- Woman visual artist.
- Working and living in the Netherlands.
- Graduated no more than 5 years ago (art academy, post academic program)
- Available between the end of September 2021 and the end of March 2022 for the realisation of the project in the Van Abbemuseum.
- Available during the award ceremony on March 8, 2021.
In addition to the submission criteria listed above, the following selection guidelines apply:
- The project takes into account the special properties of Het Oog: an outdoor space that is visible from the museum but also (partly) from the public space outside the museum, located between the restaurant and the museum spaces. The place is open to visitors (click here to see a map).
- Projects with a performative character or projects in which the creation process is visible to visitors are preferred.
What do you submit?
- Project proposal, explanation (max. Four A4) and sketches, photos, etc. (max. Four A4)
- English summary of the proposal (max. one A4).
- Curriculum Vitae.
- Contact details (name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, possibly website).
Do you have any questions, for example about the technical possibilities of Het Oog? Then feel free to contact us via theodoraniemeijerprijs[@]vanabbemuseum.nl.