Bart Hess

Dutch National Opera wants to create space for new makers, both in the performing arts and in other disciplines. Especially now that a generation of artists is having difficulty spreading its wings because of the pandemic, we want to give them a platform.​

Dutch National Opera wants to create space for new makers, both in the performing arts and in other disciplines. Especially now that a generation of artists is having difficulty spreading its wings because of the pandemic, we want to give them a platform.​

​We are looking for expressive images that capture the meaning and atmosphere of the operas programmed for the 2021-2022 season, both for the connoisseur, the enthusiast as well as for the newcomer. Are you one of the young artists to bring the productions of Dutch National Opera to life visually?​

Bart Hess

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Application and selection

Please submit a portfolio of your work using this form.​

  • If you can already show some examples of 3D objects you have already created, that would be a plus.​
  • It is also a plus if you can animate your sculptures yourself.​

​For this project multiple artists will be selected. You will start the cooperation in groups in phases over the year. On the 16th of March Bart Hess will select the first group of artists from the entries in consultation with the artistic management of Dutch National Opera. The selected artists will receive an invitation by 22 March at the latest to build on existing work from their portfolio or to create completely new work. If you are not selected, you will be notified. The other entries are still in the running to be selected for group 2.​

The 1st group has been selected. All applicants who have not been selected for this project have also received a message. Did you apply, but did not receive a message yet? Then you still have a chance to be added to group 2. More information will follow as soon as possible.

What does Dutch National Opera offer?

If you are one of the selected artists, Dutch National Opera will give a remuneration of €1.000 per sculpture. In addition, you will have the opportunity to work with Bart Hess and gain valuable professional experience.
Moreover, as a maker, you will also be introduced to a wide audience through the online and offline channels of De Nationale Opera, and we will look at ways of giving further shape to the collaboration in the longer term.

The commission

​If you are selected for the first group, you will start with a workshop on 26 March led by Bart Hess. He is ultimately responsible for the unity of the campaign images and will develop your sculpture - in consultation with you, of course - into the final campaign image. The dramaturgy department will also give you a detailed explanation of the opera title that will form the basis for your sculpture, so that you can start working with fresh inspiration. You then have until 13 April to submit your final sculpture.

Timings first group

  • 16 March:  final registration date​
  • 22 March: the selected artists will be informed​
  • 26 March: workshops ​
  • 13 April: submitting final sculptures​

The timings for the other groups will be shared soon.

Bart Hess

Bart Hess

Bart Hess is an artist, designer and winner of (amongst others) the Dutch Design Awards of 2014. The choice of materials is an important aspect of his works. His best-known work, is a dress made out of slime worn by popstar Lady Gaga.