open call

museumnacht: 30 september
VHDG x Fries Museum
open call

open call

museumnacht: saturday 30 september

On Saturday 30 September, the second edition of Museumnacht FRL will take place. Together with Kunstinitiatief VHDG, the Fries Museum is organising a unique exhibition-for-1-night at surprising locations in the museum during this Museumnacht.

For this event, the organisations are issuing an open call for inspired artists from various disciplines who live and/or work in Friesland and want to be part of this nightly programme.

Are you a visual artist, performance artist, work with video or sound, or have you designed an interactive art workshop and are eager to show it to a large, diverse audience? Then take part in this Open Call by arts initiative VHDG and the Fries Museum. For terms and conditions, visit This Open Call is for everyone, from experienced artists with, or without training, to young creators and recent graduates.

museumnacht frl

On Saturday 30 September 2023, Frisian museums will open their doors for the only provincial museum night in the Netherlands, Museumnacht FRL. Besides the special atmosphere of a nocturnal museum visit, there will be a unique programme of music, performances, lectures and stories in museums across Fryslân. Again this year, museums and various other cultural institutions are working together to encourage a younger target group to discover culture and museums. On 30 September, the Fries Museum will host this Museumnacht. We therefore consider it important that the submitted works are of interest to this target group.

practical information

There are three spots in the museum during Museum Night that can be filled by winners of this Open Call. This can be with one artwork, or several works that together form a presentation, for example a number of paintings, a video work or performance, a sound artwork with an installation, or a workshop with visual elements. The Open Call only applies to existing works that you will adapt where necessary for a presentation at the Fries Museum. Winners will receive an honorarium of €1350 with a production and expenses budget of €1000.
To take part in the Open Call, submit your work + a short presentation plan via, for all conditions and more information, see:

Your submission should consist of a description and photos or video of your work. In addition, we ask for a short presentation plan and motivation. It would be nice if you include a short bio and argue your link with Friesland and the Museumnacht.

To participate in this exhibition, please submit the following:

  1. A clear description (max. 1 A4), photo or video of your work.
  2. A short presentation plan (by this we mean ideas on how to perform during the museum night. Information on available locations can be found below). The final location will be determined in cooperation with the curators. Max. 3 A4.
  3. A short motivation, who are you, what is your link with Friesland and why is your project suitable for implementation in the museum on Museum Night. Max. 1 A4.
  4. Any additional information that may be relevant to your participation.

possible locations

Facade of the building
Elevator screen
Stedelijke vitrine on first floor
Stairs 2nd to 3rd floor
Pink cinema hall

We are open to other suggestions of locations (with the exception of exhibition halls). Please consider our visitors and the building.

more information and conditions

The open call only applies to existing works that you will adapt where necessary for a presentation at the Fries Museum. A submission may consist of one or more artworks that together form a presentation, for example several paintings, a video work with performance, a sound artwork with an installation or a workshop with visual elements. The artists selected will receive an honorarium of €1350 with a production and expenses budget of €1000.

- You can only apply with a digital file (a photo of your work, a video or a description of your performance or workshop) (JPG or PDF 300dpi) via

- Artists must be available on the day itself (30 September 2023) and a few days before for consultation and set-up.

- Close of Open Call: 7 August 2023

- Participants will be notified after 24 August 2023

- Choice of materials is free.

- By submitting your work, you give us permission to -if selected- use your work for communication around the night.

- Please note: it is not possible to create entirely new work for this exhibition. We charge a fee according to artist's fees guidelines. Given the available budget, only existing artworks will be considered. Adjustments to existing artworks are possible. We apply fee rates based on the artist's fee guideline on the basis of an 'adaptation of an existing work'. For more information see:

After receiving the submissions, our curatorial team, consisting of Koen Bartijn, artistic director VHDG, Judith Spijksma, curator of modern and contemporary art Fries Museum, Josine Zuidema, programmer of activities Fries Museum and artist Michelle Samba will carefully assess the submissions and make a selection based on artistic quality, originality and relevance to the overarching theme of the exhibition.

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