Here you can find referrals to Dutch foundations, sector institutes, information sources, museums and other relevant cultural organizations and resources.
Dutch Design Fashion Architecture (DutchDFA) is a four-year strategic programme (2009-2012) that aims to strengthen the international position of these sectors through a joined-up approach by partners in The Netherlands and intensive collaboration with international partners.
The Mondriaan Fund is a new state financed cultural funding organization that focuses on visual arts and cultural heritage. It aims to encourage innovation and excellence in these fields by supporting outstanding artists, cultural heritage and art organizations and projects in the Netherlands, and promoting contemporary art from the Netherlands abroad. The Mondriaan Fund is the result of a merger between the Mondriaan Foundation and the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture. Up to 2013 the current funding activities will be continued. From 1 January 2012 onwards, all funding for design, architecture, games and videoclips will be transferred to the Netherlands Architecture Fund.
|Netherlands Architecture Fund
The Netherlands Architecture Fund implements various contribution programs aimed at developing and exchange knowledge concerning the design disciplines and increasing interest in architecture, urban design, planning, landscape architecture, and interior architecture.
Dutch Sector Institutes
|Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi)
The Netherlands Architecture Institute is a museum, archive, library and platform that wants to get people of all ages involved in architecture.
|Premsela – Dutch Platform for Design and Fashion
Premsela, Dutch Platform for Design and Fashion, strives to create opportunities for the growth of Dutch design from a cultural angle of approach. In the coming years, we will carry out our activities in four programs: Designworld, Fashion Culture, Heritage and History and People’s Republic of Design.
|Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (in Dutch OCW) makes policies, drafts legislation and appropriates public funds on behalf of Dutch citizens. It serves 3.5 million pupils, students and their parents, as well as artists, curators and teachers. And it serves everyone else in the Netherlands affected by the activities within its remit. The Ministry consists of 21 ministerial departments in four cross-sectoral departments, three state services, two agencies, two inspectorates and three associated advisory councils.
|Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation
The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation promotes the Netherlands’ position as a leading economy with a world-class agrifood sector. Economic activity and innovation are essential to the prosperity of the Netherlands. The Ministry enhances the country’s long-term competitive strength and facilitates the private sector, which drives the economy. The Ministry takes an expansive view in its approach to economic issues, looking to the environment, the private sector, consumers and beyond national borders.
|Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs coordinates and carries out Dutch foreign policy at its headquarters in The Hague and through its missions abroad. It is also the channel through which the Dutch Government communicates with foreign governments and international organizations. As a country that looks beyond its borders, the Netherlands is committed to building a safe, stable and prosperous world. Ministry staff worldwide are actively involved in addressing issues such as poverty reduction, climate change, respect for human rights and the rule of law and eliminating conflict. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs works closely with other ministries to help shape the Europe of the future and to ensure that the Netherlands speaks with one voice in the European Union.
|Studio of the Chief Government Architect
The position of Chief Government Architect is intended to stimulate the quality of architecture in the Netherlands. The Chief Government Architect advises the government on architectural policy and government initiated housing. The Chief Government Architect is a member of the Board of Government Advisors, and operates from an independent position.
|The Association of Dutch Designers (BNO)
The BNO represents designers and design agencies in the Netherlands. We promote their business, social and cultural interests. We bring together over 2,500 individual designers, as well as 200 design agencies and design departments within companies.
|The Association of Dutch Interior Architects (BNI)
The BNI is the Association of Dutch Interior Architects. The aim of the BNI is to stimulate and enhance interior architecture in the broadest sense. The BNI supports interior architects in their practice, and also offers advice to those looking for an interior architect. The BNI also functions as a resource for all issues surrounding hiring an interior architect.
|The Association of Dutch Architects (BNA)
The Royal Institute of Dutch Architects, known for short as the BNA, is the professional organisation of architects in the Netherlands. The BNA offers its members a wide range of services aimed at the advancement of professional practice and at fostering the development of architecture.
|MODINT – Dutch trade association for Fashion, Interior Design, Carpets & Textiles
MODINT’s aim is to strengthen the competitive power of its members and the sectors it represents by means of a wide-ranging package of promotion and services, with a focus on content and quality. These interests often converge in active member groups, sections and working groups. Most of MODINT’s business services are incorporated into MODINT BV, in which Consultancy and Credit Management activities play a major role.
Dutch Information sources
Dutch Design news website
Dutch Design and Art news website
|Dutch DFA Profiles
Dutch Profiles are a series of short documentaries about architects, graphic, product and fashion designers in the Netherlands. Dutch Profiles focus on the conceptual and research-based background of well-known icons of Dutch design. The interviews show designers like Rem Koolhaas, MVRDV, Jurgen Bey, Irma Boom, Marlies Dekkers and Alexander van Slobbe in the context of their work. More profiles will be added during the coming years, reaching an ultimate count of 100.
|Dutch Design Week Eindhoven
From October 23 through October 31 2010, Eindhoven presents the 9th edition of Dutch Design Week, the largest design event in the Netherlands. Around 1500 designers from home and abroad will show their work all over the city of Eindhoven from design disciplines such as industrial design, concept design, graphic design, textile & fashion, spatial design, fooddesign and design management & trends. Visitors will be given insight into the entire development process from concept to product in various disciplines ranging from industrial design to applied arts. The participants include established bureaus, high-profile designers, talented newcomers, and recently graduated designers, one of the reasons why this Dutch Design Week is the perfect meeting place for designers, companies, and public.
|SICA – Dutch Centre for International Cultural Activities
SICA is an institute dedicated to international cultural policy. As a network and expertise centre, SICA provides expert advice on all aspects of international cultural activities. SICA regularly organises public meetings, visitor’s programmes for foreign culture professionals and publishes the magazine Dutch Mountains. SICA is responsible for the European Cultural Contact Point (CCP), which provides information on the European Framework Programme for Culture. SICA is also the executive organisation of the Netherlands China Arts Foundation. SICA also runs the secretarial office of EUNIC Netherlands, the Dutch branch of the umbrella organisation for national institutes for culture in the European Union.
Trans Artists is a knowledge centre on artist-in-residence opportunities. They offer facts, use and value of international artist-in-residence programs as well as other opportunities for artists to stay and work elsewhere ‘for art’s sake’. Trans Artists operates mainly from the artists’ perspective and usually cooperates with a wide range of partners in all world regions, increasingly more in depth within European countries. Trans Artists makes the enormous worldwide residential art labyrinth accessible and usable to the artists, through its website, newsletter, research and workshop programs.
Dutch Museums, alternative art spaces, magazines, art fairs, postgraduate institutions
|Dutch Art Map (provided by Mondriaan Fund)
Dutch Art Map provides foreign professionals with a first introduction on the various existing infrastructures for contemporary visual arts in the Netherlands. This website gives you an overview of internationally active Dutch organisations that have an excellent reputation in this field, and extensive global networks. You will find museums, alternative art spaces, magazines, art fairs, cultural events and postgraduate institutions with an international orientation.