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Open calls

On this page, you will find an overview of art commissions, grants, work periods and art events in Groningen, The Netherlands and abroad.

Open Call – Exhibition '100 jaar is niets!' ('100 years is nothing!') about Louis Le Roy – Museum Heerenveen

The exhibition 100 jaar is niets! (‘100 years is nothing!’), about the life and work of Louis Le Roy, will take place in Museum Heerenveen from October 26, 2024 to February 2, 2025. For this unique exhibition, the museum is issuing an open call for artists from various disciplines who work on the themes of process art, eco-cathedral thinking and/or the collaboration between people and nature. You too can become part of this project with your work.

Who Can Participate?
“We are looking for committed visual artists from various disciplines who want to show their work at the exhibition about the eco-cathedral thinking of Louis le Roy. Whether you paint, make installations, work with video or sound or performances, we are open to everything. Your work can be exhibited in the museum or in one of our outdoor spaces. Every visual artist who practices the visual arts professionally can participate, from young makers to experienced artists. It is important that your work gives our visitors a new view of the theme.”

🖼️ A submission may consist of one or more works that together form one presentation. It may concern existing work, modified existing work or new work. Choice of material is free.

💰 Museum Heerenveen applies fee rates based on the Guideline for artists’ fees.

⏰ Open call deadline: Monday, July 15

ℹ️ For all information, conditions and how to participate, go to Open Call voor kunstenaars – Museum Heerenveen

Open Call – Art Market Knoalster Fotocollectief – Hoogheem Erfgoed & Logies (Nieuwolda)

Knoalster Fotocollectief invites you to participate in their art market on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July (from 1-4 p.m.). During this art market you can exhibit and sell your work, it is also a good opportunity to network or brainstorm with other artists.

💸 Participating in this art market is without further costs. Hoogheem Erfgoed & Logies in Nieuwolda makes its agricultural museum available free of charge to exhibitors. As an artist, you must bring your own materials to present. If you need a table or a wooden cube box for presentation, we can arrange this for you for a small fee. Table 10 euros per person or 2 cubic boxes for 30 euros.

Knoalster Fotocollectief is looking for artists in the broadest sense of the word, i.e. paintings, sculptures, glass, felt, etc. It doesn’t matter whether you are a professional or a hobbyist: there is a platform for everyone to present their work.

📧 Would you like to register for the art market? Send an email to Sasja Michalski at Please introduce yourself in the email, explain what you do, and include a sample photo of your work. You will receive an answer as quickly as possible.

ℹ️ Want to know more about this open call? For all information, go to Kunstmarkt Hoogheem Erfgoed & Logies – Knoalster Foto Collectief

NB: there is no deadline for this open call

Open Call – Young Masters 2025 – LUNA Festival (Leeuwarden)

Media Art Friesland is looking for artists to exhibit their work as part of the LUNA Young Masters exhibition (from January 24 to February 9, 2025 in Leeuwarden). The selected artists will also participate in our Young Masters program, which includes coaching opportunities, working with experts from our team and network, and the option of an international residency or participation in partner projects.

Young Masters are being chosen from submissions to this open call, from hints from professional colleagues, and from scouting at graduation shows throughout the Netherlands and (if possible) abroad. If you participate in a relevant show these coming weeks, feel free to invite our scouts for a personal talk at the expo venue.

ℹ️  For all information, go to Open call Young Masters 2025 – Media Art Friesland

📧 Please send convincing information about one existing artwork that you’d like to apply with, to

The deadline for submissions is Monday 1 July 2024.

Open Call – BOOKSHELF IV – ARTisBOOK (Groningen)


After the wonderful last edition in December, BOOKSHELF IV will now take place on Saturday 6 July 2024! This one-day, non-curated show, provides a platform for artists to showcase their work and connect with fellow makers and the public.

How to participate:
Bring your recently made artist’s books to our space on Friday 5 July between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or contact us to arrange a prior date or time. All submissions will be shown during the group exhibition on the 6th between 2 and 6 p.m., and we will celebrate the summer break together! After the exhibition we would like to keep the books a few days in our space to document them.

We look forward to meeting you and seeing your work!

For more info, visit us at ARTisBOOK or send an email to

Open Call – Knollenland – the MOW / Museum Westerwolde

The MOW is currently working on the exhibition Knollenland, which is about the role of wild animals in the fields, forests, fields, meadows and waters of the Groningen countryside. One of the central questions is: what do animals do with the various Groningen landscapes and what does that do to our experience of them? But also: how does that keep changing?

Open Call
The exhibition is linked to an open call, to which MOW invites artists to work on the theme of the exhibition.

It is important that work transcends the subject of ‘animal’ or ‘animal in landscape’, no matter how beautiful animal portraits or hares and deer in the field are. The connection with the Groningen countryside obviously weighs heavily. This does not mean that artists necessarily have to live here, but rather that the work shows a connection with the Ommeland. The exhibition offers artists the opportunity to show existing work or develop new work. The MOW prefers work that has not been exhibited before.

⏰ Deadline for registration: Monday, July 1
ℹ️ For all information and the registration form, go to Open call | The MOW
❓ Do you have any questions? Email to

Open Call - The Wall #5 - Kunstpunt

Where are you? Where do you want to go? Are you curious about the development in your work when you can make a transition to a large format? Then you definitely don’t want to miss the fifth edition of our project, The Wall.

With this semi-residency, we offer you as an artist the opportunity to experiment with scale and our site specifics. These steps go beyond what you have explored so far in your artistic career. Central to this is the enormous wall of the main hall in Kunstpunt, which is an impressive 22 meters wide and 9 meters high. This 200 square meters, with skylights above that provide even lighting throughout the day, offers a unique opportunity for an artist to develop and execute work conceptually and physically on a large scale.

🗓️ Duration: The Wall #5 project runs from September 23 to November 2, 2024.
🗓️ Are you intrigued but still have questions or don’t have a direct idea yet? Come to the walk-in pitch afternoon on Monday, June 24, from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM at Kunstpunt.
💰 The selected artist will receive an art budget of up to €4,500 excluding VAT.
⏰ Deadline for applications is Sunday, July 7, 2024.
ℹ️ For all information about this open call, click here.

Open call – Bernardine de Neeve Prize – Vereniging van Vrienden van Modern Glas (VVMG)

In the spring of 2025, the Bernardine de Neeve Prize of the Vereniging van Vrienden van Modern Glas (VVMG) will be awarded for the tenth time. The Bernardine de Neeve Prize is the only major prize in the Netherlands that is awarded once every three years. Artists who use glass in their art can compete for this prestigious prize.

Interested artists, regardless of age, can send a photo selection of up to eight works, accompanied by a description, a CV and a motivation why the material glass was chosen. Address the entry to the representative of the VVMG board: Ida Scheijgrond,

Put your own name + the title of the work in the file name of ALL photos. Preferably send the material with WeTransfer. The complete entry must be received no later than August 1, 2024 at 11:00 p.m.

A selection of approximately 20 participants will be made from the entries, who can show their work at the special exhibition A compelling cacophony during Glasrijk Tubbergen.
🗓️ This exhibition is organized in the period October 3 to 6, 2024.
💰 A total of €2,500 is available for the selected artists (travel/expenses), which will be distributed among the participating artists. During this exhibition, the jury will select a maximum of three nominees to create new work for the final choice.
💰 The nominees will each receive a contribution of € 2,000 for creating that work.

🗓️ In the spring of 2025, the nominees will present themselves with this new work, supplemented with older/existing works, in the National Glass Museum Leerdam.
During that exhibition, the jury will select the winner of the 10th Bernardine de Neeve Prize.
💰 The winner will receive a check for €5,000

⏰ Deadline for registration is Thursday, August 1, 11:00 p.m.

ℹ️ For all information about this open call, go to 👉 BERNARDINE DE NEEVE-PRIJS 2024 –

Open Call – Pop-up Kunstuitleen Groningen – Vapiano building (Nieuwe Markt)

Kunstpunt has settled in the heart of the city! Our pop-up of the Kunstuitleen is now located in the former Vapiano building, diagonally opposite Forum Groningen.

Would you like to show your work at this busy location? Then participate in this open call, and who knows, your work might soon be in the window at the Nieuwe Markt! From Thursday, May 16, we will give a new artist a stage here every two weeks.

This is what we ask of you:

  • You are a professional visual artist, working or living in the province of Groningen;
  • You can register by emailing a photo of the work you want to show to, stating the title, technique, size and sales price;
  • The work must be available and suitable for lending; the work must be equipped with a hanging system at the back;
  • The size of the window in which the work will be displayed is 319 cm high x 148 cm wide (good to know: it is a window on the shady side, so no sunlight will shine on your work);
  • You provide your own transport to and from Vapiano, after coordination with Kunstpunt;
  • We select works from all registrations; after this the artist will be told if and when the work will be shown;
  • If a work is loaned, it is for a minimum of six and a maximum of twelve months (longer in consultation).

🗓️ From Thursday 16 May we will start showing selected work. We will do this at least until the end of July. Would you like to have a chance to show your work to the public at this unique promotional location? Don’t wait too long, and sign up!

ℹ️ For all your questions or remarks, please email

Open Call – Pakje Kunst – the MOW / Museum Westerwolde

Since September 24 (2023), The MOW has a Pakje Kunst vending machine in the museum shop. Pakje Kunst presents works of art the size of a pack of cigarettes in an old mechanical cigarette machine. A box costs only €4 and you can find every art form in it. Almost all of the proceeds go to the participating artists.

For the vending machine, MOW is always looking for artists from Westerwolde, Oldambt, Pekela, Veendam and Stadskanaal who enjoy surprising, confusing, moving or slightly annoying people with works of art the size of a pack of cigarettes.

For more information go to Pakje kunst | Het MOW
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