Van Doesburg residency

Van Doesburg residency | Photo: © Johannes Schwartz
Van Doesburg residency | Photo: © Johannes Schwartz

Would you like to further develop or research your work as a maker through a residency in Paris? The Performing Arts Fund NL supports a stay in the Van Doesburghuis in Meudon-Paris from May through August 2025. More information about the residency and application procedure is provided below.
About the residency
The residency in the Van Doesburghuis is an opportunity to further your artistic development and research your maker’s practice. It offers an inspiring environment to conduct research, to develop ideas, or to create new work.

As resident, you can make use of the facilities of Atelier Néerlandais in the centre of Paris. This Atelier serves as a place to work and network for Dutch makers and to meet French peers.
For who is the residency intended?
You can apply for the residency if you are active in the performing arts as an individual maker or as a duo. Duo’s must be engaged in structural collaboration, and are required to submit a joint plan that leads to a single result. At least one of the two makers must be active in the performing arts. In line with Theo and Nelly van Doesburg’s own multidisciplinary practice, the other applicant may be active in another discipline.
Period of stay
The residency is available for a period of at least two and at most four consecutive months between May and August 2025.
Financial contribution
The Performing Arts Fund NL pays the rent of the studio home directly to the Van Doesburghuis foundation. The resident additionally receives an allowance of € 2000 per month to help cover the costs of travel, materials, transportation and daily subsistence.
About the Van Doesburghuis
The Van Doesburghuis is one of the most famous artist’s houses built during the interwar period that still serves as a studio dwelling today. Theo van Doesburg designed the studio dwelling in the late 1920s for himself and his wife Nelly. It is situated in the quiet and wooded surroundings of Meudon, a village just beyond the Boulevard Périphérique. There is a RER (rapid transit system) station at a 5-minute walk away that offers a direct connection to the centre of Paris (travel time is 20 minutes).

The studio dwelling consists of two floors, with living and working space on the first floor. There is a high-ceilinged studio space (7.5×6.5×5 metres), two work spaces that can be partly closed off but also combined to form a single space, and a bedroom and bathroom. There is a kitchen and a smaller bedroom with shower and toilet on the ground floor. The Van Doesburghuis can accommodate 4 people at most. There is also a piano. The studio dwelling is simply furnished with furniture by a number of Dutch designers such as Martin Visser, Cees Braakman and Wim Rietveld. There is a small front garden and a covered terrace with garden at the back, beneath the studio space. There is space to park a car on the grounds of the house. The caretaker of the Van Doesburghuis speaks both French and Dutch.

On account of the listed status of the house, residents are requested to help with the upkeep and to treat it with care. Applicants must also bear in mind that the studio dwelling serves a public function and is open to the public every first Saturday of the month from 14.00-18.00. The resident should also be prepared to receive visitors outside these opening hours, in principle in consultation with the Van Doesburghuis foundation.
Applying for the residency
The application procedure for the 2025 period has opened. If you are interested in this residency, please submit a detailed proposal (2 A4 maximum), CV and motivation letter before 31 August 2024, 23.59 hours (CET), to

In your proposal you must describe the project you wish to work on. Explain the added value of your stay in France and specifically in the Van Doesburghuis for your project or development. Also indicate for how long you wish to use the residency (2, 3 or 4 months) and which months you would prefer.
Assessment and selection
The internationalisation team of the Performing Arts Fund NL will assess the applications and select one or two proposals. The result will be announced on 16 September 2024.
Joint initiative by the Dutch public cultural funds 
The Performing Arts Fund NL, Creative Industries Fund NL, Netherlands Film Fund, Mondrian Fund and Dutch Foundation for Literature have jointly offered this residency since 2017 to artists working in any of the many disciplines in which Theo and Nelly van Doesburg worked: architecture, visual arts, literature, music, design and performing arts.
Any questions?
If you have any questions about the open call, then contact Bas Pauw,


Van Doesburg residency | Photo: © Johannes Schwartz
Van Doesburg residency | Photo: © Johannes Schwartz
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