Kavli Artist in Residence

Artist in Residence at Kavli Delft

A position at KIND known as ‘the Artist in Residence’ will be offered annually to an artist with an outstanding reputation. The Artist-in-Residence fellowship offers talented artists working in the fields of conceptual art, visual art, photography, music, design, dance, film, theatre, or poetry an opportunity to work on a project within the international and interdisciplinary academic setting of the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft (KIND). He/she will be invited to come to KIND for a period of about 3 months, in which he/she will have the opportunity to closely interact with the scientists at the institute, join in work discussions, experience lab work, and the like. The expectation is that the Artist-in-Residence fellowship will result in a piece of art that relates to the nanoscience at KIND.

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Artist in Residence 2022: Andrija Pavlović

Thursday 21st of April marked the finish of a three-month creative exchange between researchers at Kavli Institute and pianist Andrija Pavlović, Kavli Artist in Residence of 2022, inspiring both the Kavli scientists and the artist in their work: read the article in the current issue of the Kavli newsletter.

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About the Artist-in-Residence Fellowship

KIND initiated the artist-in-residence fellowship to promote the relationship between the arts and sciences and thus find new ways to interact and communicate concerning discoveries about matter on the nanoscale. The view is that the cross-fertilization between creative approaches and scientific disciplines will evoke disruptive new insights, strengthen ties, and trigger novel approaches.


  • KIND will award one fellowship per year, annually offering an artist the opportunity to share ideas with leading nanoscientists.
  • The fellowship is aimed at artists at the highest international level.
  • The artist should have an academic level of thinking and a portfolio that exhibits his/her artistic credentials through, for example, international prizes, art exhibitions, publications, performances, and the like.
  • The artist should have an affinity to the sciences (preferably nanoscience, quantum physics, or life sciences), a research-minded attitude, and excellent communicative skills.
  • Artists can work in any of the fields of conceptual art, visual art, photography, music, design, dance, film, theatre, or poetry.
  • KIND faculty members and their students and postdoctoral fellows will be strongly encouraged to interact with the Artist in Residence.
  • The fellowship must lead to a concrete result, such as a piece of art, a performance, an exhibit, etc, that will be communicated to the Kavli community and//or be made available to the general public. Material costs associated with this must be discussed beforehand with the Kavli staff.
  • At the end of the visit, the Artist in Residence will give a presentation at KIND.

Application and Selection

  • We aim to award one Artist-in-Residence Fellowship each year.
  • The artist who wishes to apply, writes a proposal that outlines a plan for the fellowship period at Delft. Proposals are welcome before an annual deadline. For concrete details on preparing an application, see the Appendix.
  • Upon receipt of the proposals, an evaluation committee consisting of KIND faculty and external art advisors will select candidates and advise the Directors of KIND.
  • After this first selection round, a few selected candidates will be invited for a 1-day visit to the Kavli Institute. During the visit, the candidate will present his/her proposal, and meet members of the Institute. Subsequently, selected applicants may be invited to submit a revised version of their proposal within a 3-week period.
  • Subsequently, the evaluation committee evaluates the candidates and advises the Directors of KIND.
  • After a final decision of the Directors of KIND, the candidate is informed and dates and arrangements for the visit are planned.

Please send your application to Tahnee de Groot (email: kavli@tudelft.nl).

A new call is expected in 2022.