About

The Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund was initiated in 2020 to support artists in the realisation of ambitious productions. Artworks acquired through the Fund will be donated to the Dutch state. They become an integral part of the national art collection (‘Rijkscollectie’), collectively available for institutions in the Netherlands and abroad.

The inaugural year of the Fund was marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has heavily affected all aspects of society – including artists and cultural institutions. In these critical times we wanted to highlight the importance of institutions and programmes in the Netherlands that provide space and support to artists in the early stages of their practices by inviting them to shape the Special Project 2020/21.

The procedure

We invited the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, De Ateliers, If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution and CBK Zuidoost (all based in Amsterdam) as well as Jan van Eyck Academie (Maastricht), BAK basis voor actuele kunst (Utrecht) and TENT (Rotterdam) to nominate a longlist of 35 artists who took part in their programmes.

De Appel and Framer Framed, two institutions in Amsterdam which actively promote an emerging and diverse group of curators, nominated Sharmyn Cruz RiveraIris FerrerAude Christel MgbaJo-Lene Ong and Rita Ouédraogo to form the curatorial team of the Special Project 2020/21.

15 artists, 5 venues

In consultation with our five partnering institutions for presentations, the curatorial team made a final selection of 15 artists: Ana GuedesAnna DasovićEm’Kal EyongakpaGeo WyethJoy Mariama SmithKent ChanKevin OsepaMaria PaskMariana Castillo DeballMariëlle VidelerNeo MatlogaOla Hassanain, Family Connection (Rudsel Martinus, Glenda Martinus, Gala Martinus, Quinsy Gario, Jörgen Gario, Caldron Lewis and Whitney Lewis), Saeeda Saeed, and Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide).

Their works are presented across the country in the Fall 2021 – Winter 2022 season as part of the exhibition programmes of: Kunstinstituut Melly (Rotterdam), Vleeshal (Middelburg), Casco Art Institute (Utrecht), Stroom Den Haag (The Hague) and Oude Kerk (Amsterdam).

Practicalities

The Special Project 2020/21 runs on a total budget of € 700,000. We allocated € 10,000 per artist to support their practice and another € 300,000 was reserved for the acquisition of the works, which were subsequently donated to the Dutch state (the ‘Rijkscollectie’).

The Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund is managed and overseen by the Hartwig Art Foundation, which pledged an initial amount of € 10 million to ensure the Fund’s long-term activities. As of 2021, a Commissioning Committee will be appointed for a three-year term. The committee members work independently and are responsible for the nomination and selection of artists and artworks for acquisition.

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