Closed: 1646 – ReCNTR RESIDENCY

The open call is closed.

1646 is looking for an (inter)national artist or researcher to do a residency in The Hague!

Our 2024 open call is a collaboration between ReCNTR and 1646. 

With an international focus and valuing the circulation of perspectives, our fully funded Residency Program is set up as a retreat to nourish work, develop ideas and connections. Through an annual open call, we open our doors to artists or researchers engaged in creative practices worldwide, to stay and work/research at 1646 in the centre of The Hague.

What are we looking for?
The call proposed by 1646 and ReCNTR is open to both artists and researchers interested in investigating relevant social and political issues through multimodal and artistic methods. The objective of the residency is to support the work of individuals engaged in the practice of “thinking through making”, i.e. artistic or multimodal practices not as separate from, or in dialogue with knowledge production, but as practices and methodologies of knowledge production in and of themselves.

What can you expect?
The focus of the residency lies on experimenting and researching, rather than arriving at an end result. Because of this it does not conclude in an exhibition. The emphasis is placed on the presence and interaction of the resident within the context of 1646 and ReCNTR’s community in the Netherlands, composed of artists, art professionals, researchers, students and faculty members, at Leiden University. All residents are asked to present their research/practice to the public during an event that suits the scale or format of their work. This will be decided in conversation with the curatorial team.

What do we offer?

  1. A 2 months residency in September – October 2024
  2. An artist fee of € 2.000 – including VAT.
  3. A production budget of € 1.000,- including VAT.
  4. A studio space of 5 x 3m inside 1646 building. Residents can make use of our (technical) equipment and tools. They can also make use of the workshop facilities of the Royal Art Academy (KABK) and will have access to Leiden University’s facilities, including the library’s physical and online catalogues.
  5. One of 1646’s small studio apartments located in the building of 1646. The accommodation includes a shared kitchen and bathroom. Children and partners are welcome to join the residency when communicated beforehand. Please note that due to space limitations, if applying as a duo or collective, (both) members should be comfortable sharing a double bed.
  6. Travelling expenses of the artist are covered by 1646 and ReCNTR up to €750. We promote the use of low carbon travelling wherever possible. The travel costs of partners and/or children cannot be covered.
  7. Guests will be offered at least 4 feedback sessions by both 1646 and ReCNTR’s curatorial team (in total).

How to apply?

Applicants may apply until 29/2 2024 11:59 p.m. (CET).

You’ll find the application form at the bottom of this page. Only applications received via this form will be taken into consideration for the residency. Please prepare your application with the following documents:

  1. A project proposal: describing your project and stating goals (max. 1 A4 or 500 words, text only);
  2. Portfolio (max. 30 pages);
  3. CV/Resume.

These documents should be uploaded as one single PDF file (max. 50MB). For large files (like videos), please insert a link to the source where the file can be viewed and include passwords if applicable.

Keep the following documentation tips in mind:

  1. Place your work in horizontal pages (unless the original work is vertical) as most of the applications are initially viewed on a horizontal screen (laptop);
  2. Make sure you put only one or two works per page (combining too many works makes the page illegible);
  3. Insert title, material, size, and year of the work next to or under the image on the same page. You may also include a short description of the work.
  4. Double-check your links in the final PDF before submitting it. If links do not work, 1646 & ReCNTR cannot review your application correctly and properly. The links should be active for at least up to two months after the deadline has passed.


Please read our faq below if you have any questions about the application procedure or the residency. If you have other questions, contact us via We are not able to give feedback and/or advice on the content of your application.

The period of the residency is set from the beginning of September to the end of October, with a margin of a couple days on both ends.

Although 1646 is the physical host, the residency is co-hosted by 1646 and ReCTNR. This means that the selection process and the subsequent guiding of the resident will be done together. Lastly, the call is addressed to those whose practices make use of the facilities offered by both 1646 and ReCTNR alike.

The residency is not limited to certain mediums. Rather, it refers to practices that inquire, and investigate, and whose end goal is artistic in nature. Consequently, all mediums are welcomed, however, we are still looking for a profile who fits with the artistic direction of 1646 and ReCTNR, that means that the way the artist handles their medium(s) and the way they investigate or experiment through it is important.

Although the residency guidelines emphasise an ‘international focus’, local applicants are still encouraged to apply, as the selection process will consider the coherence of their profile for participation in this residency. Access to a wide variety of artistic and scientific resources can present an amazing opportunity, even for those living in the country or region, especially for individuals who have recently moved to the Netherlands. What’s at stake here is the artist’s potential to engage deeply with both the ReCTNR community and 1646’s.

Please ensure that your application complies with all the requirements stated on the website. Your document must be a single PDF file, not exceeding 50MB. Additionally, ensure that your project proposal text in the description box does not exceed 500 words.

Please note that 1646 does not accept applications submitted via email. Kindly resubmit your application through our website.

Yes, the project description in the application form and the PDF can be identical.

Yes, it is possible to apply as a duo. However, due to space limitations, if applying as a duo or collective, both members should be comfortable sharing a double bed.

Additionally, please note that the fee provided will be divided equally between the duo or collective members.

The application form is closed. Thank you.

    Personal information

    Please fill out this information if you are part of a duo or collective:

    How can we contact you?

    Will somebody join you?

    Special requirements for living accommodations, work space, and/or equipment


    Your application consist of the following parts:

    1. A project proposal: your project/research (max. 1 A4 or 500 words, text only)
    2. Portfolio (max. 30 pages)
    3. CV/Resume
    Upload your application as one single .pdf file (max. 50 mb)

    Selection process

    All fully completed applications submitted during this period will be thoroughly reviewed by the selection committee consisting of members from both organisations (1646 and ReCNTR) and outside commission members, all with an artistic, curatorial and/or creative research profile.

    The points that the selection committee takes into consideration when looking at the applications are:

    1. Both the artistic and research quality of the portfolio and proposal.
    2. How the portfolio and proposal fit within the context of 1646 and ReCNTR.

    Please note we will not judge the applications on the level of English as long as the proposal is clear. However a basic level of English is necessary for the communication with the team of 1646 and ReCNTR, and to get around in The Netherlands.

    Applicants will be notified about the selection results in May 2024. All applications will be deleted after the selection has been made.

    Due to the large number of applications 1646 and ReCNTR are not able to provide feedback. We will send a general report from the selection committee, including a motivation for the selected artist.