What are you looking for?


  • Newly graduated artists
  • Of French nationality or be a resident in France for at least the last three years
  • A 1-person studio or (shared) apartment in Amsterdam
  • A quiet office building in the heart of the bustling city centre,
  • An interdisciplinary research community of fellows as the curatorial context for the artistic researchers of the Nouveau Grand Tour.


Eva Monnier (Deputy Cultural Attaché, Institut français NL) and Bernadette Sayar (Cultural Officer, Institut français NL): culture@institutfrancais.nl

Institut français Nouveau Grand Tour

The Nouveau Grand Tour is a research-oriented programme designed for professionalisation of emerging Europeans artists, supported by a network of sixty artistic residencies in France, Italy and the Netherlands. For young artists the first years following graduation constitute a critical period, in witch need extra support to build long lasting professional ties outside of their immediate surroundings. Therefore, the programme gives time and space to selected fellows to research, reflect and connect with fellow artists and local institutions.

About the Institut français Nouveau Grand Tour

The Nouveau Grand Tour is a modern reinterpretation of the eighteenth-century Grand Tour tradition. This new version of the Grand Tour is the starting point of something new, incubating new visions and creations through European mobilities. Though this reinterpretation of the Grand Tour differs greatly from the previous as a rite of passage, designed for young men of Northern Europe’s high society, it does answer artists’ contemporary needs in their career building.

The Nouveau Grand Tour offers an immersion in some of the most innovative European artistic programmes, all driven by a will to renew artistic practices. Secondly, it connects artists with one another through joint workshops and a growing alumni network. Third, it sustains links with communities and various local entities in the cultural field of different countries with which residents will develop bonds, work with and be inspired by. Therefore, by including all sorts of artists and makers, the Nouveau Grand Tour hopes to be an incubator of new and critical visions, to help implement sustainable and participative practices, and to facilitate
alternative modes of production and creation. The Nouveau Grand Tour will accompany upcoming generations of artists in the deconstruction and rebuilding of art history and practices in Europe.

Why is this programme for you?

This experience aims to boost your career and creativity by providing a support network, an interdisciplinary approach and annual gatherings, both national and European.

  • You will be supported in your artistic research and creative process by being given time and space to develop bold initiatives, to slow down your production, find inspiration, and develop your thinking.
  • The residencies’ settings will connect you with peers, institutions, and local ecosystems you will be part of during your stay.
  • You will form with your fellow residents a cohort on both national and European levels. These cohorts are meant to help each other, reflect and research together. Moreover, your experience as a Nouveau Grand Tour resident does not stop at the end of your stay, but you will become part of an overall alumni group in the idea of creating a vast European support system.

What NIAS offers

Fellows are given the opportunity to work in an intellectually inspiring environment as members of both the interdisciplinary community at NIAS and the Nouveau Grand Tour-programme. Being in an environment of advanced research with no other obligations fellows may develop an extra exciting or urgent line of research.

NIAS offers:

  • 1-person studios or (shared) apartments in the city centre of Amsterdam, in Amsterdam South, or in the Eastern docklands.
  • Concerning workspaces, NIAS makes an office available for each resident, or a group room (max. four) in a quiet office building in the heart of the bustling city centre, including outstanding library services at the premises. NIAS offers no ateliers / art production studios.
  • NIAS offers its interdisciplinary research community of fellows as the curatorial context for the artistic researchers of the Nouveau Grand Tour. NIAS expects all its fellows to be active participants in this community.

The Nouveau Grant Tour programme includes:
– Reimbursement of return journey France – Netherlands
– Reimbursement of accommodation costs
– Living allowance (€1,000/month per person calculated on a pro rata basis for the duration of the residency)
– Production grant of up to €500/project upon presentation of supporting documents at the end of the residency
– Access to workshops and curatorial support, subject to location

There will be no formal labour relationship with NIAS.


  • No older than 30 years old on December 31st, 2023 or graduated with an art degree within the 5 years prior to the application (for 2024, the diploma must have been delivered between 2019 and 2023). A temporary measure to answer artists’ needs after the Covid-19 crisis allows graduates from 2017 to apply.
  • Be of French nationality or be a resident in France for at least the last three years.
  • Be able to provide proof of civil liability insurance.
  • Be able to speak English or Dutch

How to apply?

You apply with Institut français. Applications must be submitted in English. Please send your application by email attaching all the required documents in PDF format, without merging them to culture@institutfrancais.nl. WeTransfer can be used if necessary: please send the download link by email.

Your application must include:

  • A CV
  • A portfolio of artistic works
  • A personal and project statement specifying the desired residencies, explaining the reasons for applying for a residency in the Netherlands and, where appropriate, indicating some avenues for research and work
  • A copy of ID
  • The completed application form

Optional: a recommendation letter a cultural institution (art school, museum or exhibition space, gallery, curator, programmer, etc.)

Application Deadline

Deadline for application: Friday, January 5, 2024, at 17:00
Send your application to culture@institutfrancais.nl
Incomplete applications will not be processed.

  • Publication of application outcomes: during the week of January 29 – February 2, 2024.
  • The outcomes of applications will be sent to successful applicants by email alone on Monday, February 5, 2024 (outcomes will not be announced by phone).

Selection commitee

Concerning the Nouveau Grand Tour in the Netherlands, the jury is composed of leading French and Dutch figures from the cultural sphere. They will shortlist candidates, and the final selection is made by residencies representatives. This means that your personal and project statement needs to be aligned with the residencies’ projects proposed by the residencies.

  • Hester Alberdingk Thijm Director, AkzoNobel Art Foundation, The Netherlands
  • Nanda Janssen, Independent Art Curator, The Netherlands / France
  • Audrey Bazin, Director, Foundation Louis Roederer, France
  • Bronne Keesmaat, Artistic and General Director, Rewire Festival
  • Peggy Szkudlarek, Project Manager, Dif Productions, France

Your obligations as a resident

Selected artists must:
1. Return a signed copy of the agreement before the day of departure (without this document we will not be able to consider any payment).
2. Carry out the residency for the duration stipulated in the agreement.
3. Write an illustrated report and submit it no later than a fortnight after the end of the residency.
4. Take part in various events and exchanges organised by the residency and/or the IFNL (meetings with the public or school groups, presentations of work, participation in meetings of the other artists on the programme).
5. Comply with any health standards in force at the time of residency.
6. Provide images (photo and video material) and text for social media relating to the residency.

About Institut français

The Institut français is a French institute dedicated to cultural cooperation.

  • Promoting multilingualism and French language learning
  • Enabling exchanges and partnerships in the fields of art, research, education, the French language and ideas.
  • Assisting professionals from the culture, research and education sectors in their development.
  • Organising events to bring people from European countries into conversation on topical issues.

About NIAS

The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study is an intellectual haven for international researchers, writers, journalists and artists to pursue their research or projects, to work in an interdisciplinary environment and to share their knowledge with society.

It offers a diverse year-group of about 50 NIAS Fellows the opportunity to devote themselves to an independent research project. NIAS is the oldest Institute for Advanced Study in Europe whose founding mission is to foster curiosity-driven research. It is an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and is located in Amsterdam.