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Radboud 100 years - Art & Science

Admission:  B2, B3 and (Pre-)Master’s students
Number of students:  5-10 students per project
Time frame: 
March - October 2023
Number of meetings: 
varies per project
Study load:
In addition to the meetings, we expect you to actively work towards a performance in the anniversary week in October 2023.
Teachers: Varies per project, always in collaboration with an artist
Dutch and/or English (dependent on applications, and it may differ per project
Application deadline: 10 April 2023
Study costs: None

In 2023, Radboud University will celebrate its 100th anniversary. As part of the celebrations, the Radboud Art & Science festival will be held from 18-21 October 2023.

In a number of projects, together with makers (artists, writers, musicians, dancers), we will develop different presentations and performances that will be part of the festival. We delve into the university's heritage, history and daily life, and explore the stories of researchers, students and other employees. This includes a focus on the identity of Radboud University: where do we come from, where do we stand and how do we look to the future.

We are looking for students who want to think and act with us, who want to be involved in the creative process that leads to a performance or work of art, from their own background and commitment. The end point of the work is in October 2023, with the various subprojects starting in spring 2023.

See the description of each project below:

The Piano Biennale, which takes place on 19-20 April 2023, is the starting point for this project. In collaboration with pianist Daria van den Bercken and David Dramm, you will work towards a production focusing on the stories of different university buildings. You will collect stories on campus about the buildings, and collaborate on the musical production about them.

Planning and timeline:

The project starts with an introductory meeting just before the Piano Biennale, then you will attend the opening concert in the evening of 19 April and attend an interactive session with American pianist Jeremy Denk on 20 April. In the following months, you will collect stories on campus and have a number of meetings supervised by Prof Johan Oosterman (which will be scheduled in consultation with the group). On 1 and 2 September, there is an intensive weekend supervised by Daria van den Bercken in which you will translate the stories together into a musical production.

Wintertuin's project involves exploring the stories of people on campus. For example, stories of students, porters, casual passers-by, cleaners. You will then think about how to bring these stories together and connect them in a creative way. You work together with writer and theatre-maker Merlijn Huntjens. Eventually, you will produce a number of billboards with short texts and illustrations, which will be displayed as a kind of 'open-air exhibition' on campus during the lustrum week in October.

Planning and timeline:

The project starts with a joint introduction and content preparation in April. During the first anniversary week (8-14 May), you will actually start collecting stories on campus. In the months that follow, you will elaborate on these stories, under the guidance of writer and theatre maker Merlijn Huntjens. You decide when you get together, but you will have access to a creative space on campus where you can work together. There will be a closing weekend on 1 and 2 September. By then, the billboards should be ready to be printed.

Together with visual artists and designers, we delve into how the university has expressed its identity through artworks over the years, such as the statues scattered across campus. In the past, these were often men on socles. But how would we do it in our time? What kind of statues (or other art forms) would properly represent Radboud University's identity now? In this project, you will investigate how artworks were handled on campus in the past, and how they are handled now. As a final product, you work towards a mini-exhibition. This could be a (prototype) artwork or an alternative form, such as a podcast, website or performance.

Planning and timeline:

This project starts with an introduction in April. The following period you will research artworks on campus, and design a new (prototype) artwork yourself. The exact timeline will follow later.

In this project, you will work with Introdans. Born out of the Catholic emancipation movement, the university is still committed to the emancipation of social and cultural minorities. After all, there are students who do not naturally participate within the university world and may even feel marginalised. In collaboration with Introdans and Radboud University's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) programme, this fact is further explored and represented through dance. The result is a joint production, part of the festival Radboud Art & Science.

Planning and timeline:

You will work together with choreographer Adriaan Luteijn. The project starts with an intensive working week from 28 August to 2 September. After that, you will have weekly meetings to work on your joint choreography and rehearse for the lustrum week in October. You don't have to be able to dance to participate, by the way. To find out whether this project might suit you, a short 'trial lesson' or introductory workshop will be organised in April.

If you sign up, you will participate in one of these projects.

More information to follow.


You can apply for this project via this form (deadline 10 April). In your motivation, clearly indicate which project you prefer. We will invite you for an interview to discuss which subproject suits you best. Please include your CV and a motivation letter (of maximum 1 page) for the honours lab in your application.

If you have any questions, you can contact Floor Binkhorst (floor.binkhorst@ru.nl).