CLOSED Vacancy: Artistic Director

Working pattern: 24 hours per week
Period: Open-ended
Deadline: 6th December 2020, midnight.
Ideal starting date: 15 January 2021

Hotel Maria Kapel (HMK) is an artists initiative that facilitates contemporary artists to develop and exhibit work as artists in residence. It is located in two buildings: the 16th century Maria Chapel in the centre of Hoorn, which houses the exhibition space, cinema and reception room and a flat/studio-combination where artists can live and work during a set period is housed in an adjacent building. Hotel Maria Kapel offers support for research and experimentation and creates the preconditions to make this artistic process visible to the public. The artistic ambitions of the artists that HMK invites are its guiding principle.

After a period of reorientation and restructuring, HMK opens the 2021 programme On Shelter. The programme consists of different kinds of residencies, short and longer, presenting artists selected through an open call. In the future, HMK will continue to support young practitioners based in the Netherlands. The focus of HMK will be to work towards being a more accessible institution that is locally embedded and engaged and sensitive to difference. At the same time, we are working on strengthening our financial foundation. 

HMK is structurally supported by Mondriaan Fonds and Gemeente Hoorn and Stichting de Hoorn for 2021 and 2022. Among your first big assignments will be implementing HMK’s new website and leading on the open call for 2022.

We are looking for an artistic leader who is excited by artistic and curatorial experimentation and who isn’t afraid of being hands-on. In your function as Artistic  Director, you will be allocated assignments on a freelance basis. 

You will:
– Work closely with artists before, during and after their residency to plan and execute projects;
– Lead on fundraising for residents’ projects in collaboration with residents and the zakelijke leider;
– Lead on structuring the yearly open call in accordance with the HMK programme plan;
– Carry the end responsibility for the content and execution of HMK’s artistic programme;
– Lead on developing educational formats and communication, together with the HMK team;
– Lead on reporting, among other the annual report (assisted by the zakelijke leider and the board);
– Drive forward an institution that is continuously in motion but wants to move carefully – with ongoing maintenance on different levels and a reflective, supportive and caring attitude towards the institution, employers, artists and audiences.
– Contribute to the day-to-day running of the institution, as part of a small and committed team of colleagues and volunteers.

– An artist, curator or creative thinker with your own practice, and you thrive in supporting others in developing their work;
– Have strong writing skills and can communicate with a broad range of audiences;
– Find local engagement and network important and have an interest in involving different segments of the public in complex art practices.;
– Are comfortable representing HMK externally, hosting and mediating;
– Are interested in working with both professional and non-professional publics;
– Are conscious about the danger of overproduction and self-exploitation and want to work with the rest of the team and the board to ensure sustainable and working conditions for all involved in HMK.
– Comfortable writing and speaking Dutch and English.

HMK offers:
– 0.6fte (€1900 ex BTW/month, 12 months a year);
– The opportunity to explore individual and shared interests in both an investigative and practical manner, and to use this to create a sustainable framework for the future of a unique artists initiative;
– A platform to develop your curatorial ideas and engage with practitioners across the world;
– A small but well known visual art institution where you can learn, build your knowledge and gain hands-on experience.

Please send your letter of application (max 1 page) and CV (max 2 pages), plus documentation of one relevant work/exhibition/project/essay/etc. to, under the reference of ‘Application Aristic Director’, before 6 December 2020.

Interviews will be in English due to the international hiring committee.  

As a small-scale art institution, we are part of and supportive of  Dutch international art community. Unfortunately, at this moment in time we do not have financial construction to offer language courses or ongoing translation of texts, we are in search of an artistic director who writes and speaks Dutch fluently.

For more information, please contact Miriam Wistreich at The first round of interviews will be held in the week starting 8 December.