Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund

On view

  • Vleeshal (Middelburg): Geo Wyeth (16 Oct. – 14 Nov. 2021), Saeeda Saeed (13 Nov. – 12 Dec. 2021) and Mariana Castillo Deball (18 Dec. 2021 – 16 Jan. 2022)
  • Casco Art Institute (Utrecht): Family Connection, Ola Hassanain, Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide) and Mariëlle Videler (6 Nov. 2021 – 20 Jan. 2022)

A new art fund has been established in The Netherlands, created to help artists realise ambitious productions. Projects realised with the Funds’ support will be acquired by the Hartwig Art Foundation and donated to the Dutch National art collection (the ‘Rijkscollectie’).

Encouraging experimentation and creativity at the highest level, the Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund creates a framework and holds the funding for an annual series of new artworks, collaborating with artists to help them realise ambitious production ideas. Upon production, the artworks will be donated to the national art collection through the Hartwig Art Foundation, thus contributing permanently to Dutch and international society.

Fantastic that the Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund is coming! Thanks to the efforts of the Hartwig Art Foundation, this artistic project supports young artists in actually shaping their creative ideas and innovative projects. This is badly needed in these times. In addition, it is important that their works of art are preserved for the Netherlands through donation to the Dutch state.

Ingrid van Engelshoven, demissionary Minister of Education, Culture and Science, The Netherlands

For its inaugural year, the Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund proposes a special project that will run over the course of 2020-2021 and will respond to the critical moment artists and institutions are working in now.

To emphasise the importance of post academic programmes and residency organisations for artists and curators in The Netherlands, highlighting their enormous contribution to a culturally vibrant society, the Fund is inviting their alumni to define the parameters of the 2020/21 project.

The Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam (which celebrated in 2020 its 150th year), the Jan van Eyck Academie (Maastricht), De Ateliers and If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution (both based in Amsterdam), BAK basis voor actuele kunst (Utrecht) and CBK Zuid Oost (Amsterdam) and TENT (Rotterdam), all of whom work with artists, were invited to nominate a long-list of 35 artists who have attended their programmes.

A group of small and mid-size institutions across the country will receive support to present newly completed works by the participating artists in 2021. Kunstinstituut Melly (Rotterdam), Vleeshal (Middelburg), Casco Art Institute (Utrecht), Stroom Den Haag (The Hague) and Oude Kerk (Amsterdam) have committed to presentations in the second half of 2021.

De Appel and Framer Framed – both of which actively promote an emerging and diverse group of curators – have nominated five curators, Sharmyn Cruz Rivera, Iris Ferrer, Aude Christel Mgba, Jo-Lene Ong and Rita Ouédraogo, who will be employed by the Hartwig Art Foundation as the curatorial team for this project. Together with the presenting partners the curators will determine the criteria, guidelines and process of selecting 15 participating artists from the long-list. This final group of 15 artists has been invited to participate in the 2020/21 project, with at least one artist represented from each nominating institution in the final list.

The curators support and collaborate with the artists from the moment of their selection to the presentations of their work:

We are looking forward to the great responsibility and honour of curating an acquisition of contemporary artworks for the Dutch national collection. We are also delighted to be working closely with artists and some of the most forward-thinking cultural institutions in the Netherlands. Together, we aim to rethink and reevaluate what relevant but overlooked narratives and artistic approaches are and how they can be made visible through this project.

The curatorial team

The 2020-2021 budget is 700,000 euros. Each artist will receive an honorarium of 10,000 euros to enable the continuation of their practice; 300,000 euros has been assigned to acquire newly produced works by the selected artists, and – in line with the Funds future activities – these works will then be donated to the Rijkscollectie and thus to the Dutch State.

The Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund is managed and overseen by The Hartwig Art Foundation, also established in 2020. The Hartwig Art Foundation has pledged an initial amount of 10 million euros to the Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund to ensure its activities for the long-term.  From 2021 onwards the Hartwig Art Foundation appoints a Commissioning Committee alternating on a three-year term. This commission is fully responsible for defining the process of nominating and selecting the artists for the HAF Production | Collection Fund and is independent in their decisions. The Commissioning Committee consists of art experts and representatives from Dutch and International institutions. The commission will ensure that the selected artists and produced works are representative of our time and its productions in art; they will actively engage in discussions about how to build a collection for the future, which will be owned beyond the geo-specificity of a single museum and is available for the collective of institutions in the Netherlands and internationally. Each year, up to five productions will be selected and realised.


2020 – 2021

The Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund announces the selected artists for the 2020/21 special project.

Ana Guedes, Anna Dasović, Em’Kal Eyongakpa, Geo Wyeth, Joy Mariama Smith, Kent Chan, Kevin Osepa, Maria Pask, Mariana Castillo Deball, Mariëlle Videler, Neo Matloga, Ola Hassanain, Family Connection (Rudsel Martinus, Glenda Martinus, Gala Martinus, Quinsy Gario, Jörgen Gario, Caldron Lewis & Whitney Lewis), Saeeda Saeed and Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide) have been selected for the 2020/21 project of the Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund.

Each artist receives an honorarium of 10,000 euros to support the continuation of their practice. A further 300,000 euros has been assigned to acquire the works that will be exhibited from September onwards. In keeping with the Fund’s future activities, these works will then be donated to the Dutch national art collection (the ‘Rijkscollectie’).

The 2020/21 project of the Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund has been conceived in response to the critical moment artists and institutions are working in now. It aims to emphasise the importance of post academic programmes and residency organisations for artists and curators and the active scene of small- and mid-size institutions in the Netherlands. Highlighting their contribution to a culturally lively and diverse society, the Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund has invited a vibrant group of these institutions to define the parameters of the 2020/21 project.

The shortlist of the participating artists was drawn from a long-list of 35 artists proposed by the post academic programmes and residency organisations, with whom they have previously worked: De Ateliers, (Amsterdam), BAK, basis voor actuele kunst (Utrecht), CBK Zuidoost, (Amsterdam), If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, (Amsterdam), Jan van Eyck Akademie (Maastricht), Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (Amsterdam) and TENT (Rotterdam).

The curatorial team

The curatorial team, consisting of Sharmyn Cruz Rivera, Iris Ferrer, Aude Christel Mgba, Jo-Lene Ong and Rita Ouédraogo, was selected by de Appel and Framer Framed – both of which actively promote an emerging and diverse group of curators.

The newly produced works by the 15 artists will be exhibited from September 2021 onwards across five institutions: Stroom Den Haag (The Hague), Oude Kerk (Amsterdam), Kunstituut Melly (Rotterdam), Vleeshal (Middelburg) & Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons (Utrecht).

We strongly believe that the selected artists best represent the kind of aesthetics, narratives and contemporary conditions being explored now in relation to the Netherlands and we are excited to see their entry points and approaches to issues that need more space for discussion. We are also delighted to see how their practice will benefit from the support and positive attention that come with this project.

The curatorial team

Art is a fine and elaborate practice of imagining, forming, shaping, playing and experimenting. Likewise the institutions that support art and engage with such practices in close relationship with artists, with a lot of administration, maintenance, mediative work also necessary. Moments of change – like now – require this kind of art and art-institutional work to remain sharp and act well. The Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund brings an opportunity for us institutions, artists, publics and other stakeholders to come together, each with our own capacity and skill, to lift up our common task and address wider, diverse communities. In the case of Casco Art Institute, we look forwards to presenting four different artist projects in the context of cultivating the culture of the commons.

Binna Choi, Director, Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons (Utrecht)

I’m thrilled to collaborate with the Hartwig Art Foundation on this collective project, in which so many people are involved. It’s a perfect example of how a group effort with many voices can lead to interesting results. I like the fact that the Foundation doesn’t want any control over the processes of nominating and selecting artists, nor over the artists’ productions. A quote by Dutch writer Niña Weijers comes to mind: “To experience intensity is to not know how things will end”. Furthermore, I think it is of utmost importance that artists are supported in the production of new work, so any project that does just that is more than welcome.

Roos Gortzak, Director, Vleeshal (Middelburg)

At Kunstinstituut Melly, we are thrilled to be part of an initiative that focuses on contemporary artists shaping new legacies and that fosters cross-institutional partnerships.

Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, Director, Kunstinstituut Melly (Rotterdam)

Oude Kerk is thrilled to be dedicating its interhistorical expertise and space to two of the selected artists, Ana Guedes and Em’kal Eyongakpa. We believe in the power of collaborations in the art world and beyond.

Jacqueline Grandjean, Director, Oude Kerk (Amsterdam)

As an advocate of experimental programming and new forms of collaboration, Stroom is delighted to participate in a cross-pollination between all the institutions involved, together with the Hartwig Art Foundation and others. We are happy to offer Neo Matloga, Anna Dasović and Kevin Osepa a stimulating and hospitable platform, looking forward to the collaboration and to bring them in contact with the lively art scene of The Hague.

Alexandra Landré, Artistic Director Stroom Den Haag

2021 – 2023

From 2021 onwards the Hartwig Art Foundation appoints a Commissioning Committee alternating on a three-year term. This commission is fully responsible for defining the process of nominating and selecting the artists for the Hartwig Art Foundation Production | Collection Fund and is independent in their decisions. The Commissioning Committee consists of art experts and representatives from Dutch and International institutions. The commission will ensure that the selected artists and produced works are representative of our time and its productions in art; they will actively engage in discussions about how to build a collection for the future, which will be owned beyond the geo-specificity of a single museum and is available for the collective of institutions in the Netherlands and internationally, and they will make their decisions with the concept of the ‘Collectie Nederland’ (the Dutch National State Collection) in mind.

The 2021 – 2023 Commissioning Committee has been appointed and will be announced publicly soon.