January 15, 2021

Call for applications 2021

Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam

Year Opening 2020. Photo: Sander van Wettum.

From January 4 until April 1, 2021, the Sandberg Instituut is open for applications to the five Main Departments and two new Temporary Programmes: Blacker Blackness and Ecologies of Transformation.

During Open Sandberg 2021 on February 4, the public, professional audience and press are invited to virtually explore the Main Departments and Temporary Programmes of the Sandberg Instituut for a day. The Open Sandberg 2021 publication and programme will be announced closer to the date on

New Temporary Programmes open for application (2021–23):

Blacker Blackness
Director: Simone Zeefuik
Coordinator, tutors & guests to be announced
Blacker Blackness focuses on imagination as a method to decolonize, uncode and liberate representations of Blackness in art and design. What are the questions you ask, your way of archiving, your use of existing archives and/or your selection of art when you center the interior lives, memories, connecting identities and lived experiences of Black people?

The gap between the number of exhibitions and art shows in Western-Europe that center Blackness and those that center decolonial Black audiences is telling. What’s missing from these so-called ground breaking projects is a collective refusal of the idea that one must always approach Blackness from a variation of the question: “How does this relate to whiteness?” Unlearning this reflex creates room to center questions that take artists beyond the point of constantly having to explain oneself. What freedoms come with that and how do the various artistic landscapes benefit from these artistic and intellectual liberations? Read more

Ecologies of Transformation
Director: Camille Barton
Coordinator, tutors & guests to be announced
In this period of political uncertainty, Ecologies of Transformation will research how we can integrate art and embodiment to develop paths towards social change. The course will research and develop artistic practices rooted in care and pleasure as an antidote to the burn out that is common to activism cultures.

Ecologies of Transformation is underpinned by the idea that learning about the past allows us to vision and grow new futures. Aspects of postcolonial theory, intersectional feminism and disability justice will be explored, alongside core texts including Rae Johnson’s Embodied Social Justice, Mary Watkins & Helene Schulman’s Towards Psychologies of Liberation, as well as adrienne maree brown’s Emergent Strategy series. The intention is to spend more time growing solutions than dismantling problems, while maintaining a generative critical lens to create work which facilitates community change. Read more

Main Departments open for application:

Critical Studies
Director: Tom Vandeputte
Coordinator: Will Pollard
Tutors: Flavia Dzodan, Amelia Groom, Aylin Kuryel, Gavin Mueller, Will Pollard, belit sağ, Mikki Stelder, Linda Stupart, Tom Vandeputte, Thijs Witty, Mia You, Simone Zeefuik, Quinsy Gario, Lara Mazurski

Director: Anja Groten
Coordinator: Zhenia Sveshchinskaya
Tutors: Emirhan Akin, Tina Bastajian, Flavia Dzodan, Silvio Lorusso, Taylor Le Melle, Christian Nyampeta, Luiza Prado, Daniel van der Velden, Amy Suo Wu

Dirty Art Department
Directors: Jerszy Seymour & Florence Parot
Coordinator: Helena Lambrechts
Tutors: Saâdane Afif, Daniel Dewar, Ioannis Mouravas, Anna Reutinger, Catherine Somzé

Fine Arts
Director: Maxine Kopsa
Coordinator: Judith Leysner
Tutors: Jeroen Boomgaard, Gintaras Didziapetris, Lucy Skaer, Mark Turner, Yolande van der Heide

Studio for Immediate Spaces
Directors: Ludwig ​Engel & Julian Schubert
Coordinator: Arie de Fijter
Tutors: Paolo Patelli, Florence Jung, Rebekka Kiesewetter, María Mazzanti, Leonard ​Streich, Elena​ Schütz, Johanna Seelemann

For more information and to apply to the Sandberg Instituut, visit

About Sandberg Instituut
As the postgraduate programme of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam, the Sandberg Instituut offers Master Programmes in Fine Arts, Interior Architecture and Design. The five Main Departments aim to deepen the practices of artists, designers and critics. In addition, the Temporary Programmes reflect on specific urgencies in society and the arts, and the Hosted Programmes focus on collaboration with other institutes.

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