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Open call residents 2024


Those participating in DIVA’s artists-in-residence programme will reap the benefits of time for research, the space and tool required for experimentation as well as support in their specific field.    

A residency at DIVA is a chance to grow as a maker and to reflect on your work and creatively explore new ideas. It is also an opportunity to benefit from access to the museum’s excellent specialist library and to become better acquainted with the rich and diverse museum collection. 

Meeting the public and other experts and professionals from the sector is an essential part of the residency. Residents also have the opportunity to address and engage with the public. This will take the form of a talk and presentation of your work at DIVA.

DIVA offers each resident:  

  • reimbursement of travel and accommodation costs up to €1,500 

  • a work and production budget up to €1,500 


A residency lasts a minimum of two months and a maximum of three months.

Number of residencies?

DIVA selects four residents per year: two in the spring and two in the autumn.   

Selection criteria     

As a participant you must have successfully completed a relevant course within the field of jewellery design and silversmithing. As a participant you have a link with Flanders (through studies, residence, family, etc.). The museum puts together a team of experts to make a selection from the applications.  


For a residency in 2024, the museum expects your application before February 18, 2024.

How to register?

Your application consists of a curriculum vitae, motivation and a project proposal in which you describe what you wish to achieve during the residency. DIVA prefers projects that contribute to the development of the resident.

Please use the form below to submit your application. The next deadline is February 18, 2024.  


Kindly email any further questions you may have to 

DIVA atelier for artists in residence  

DIVA atelier is arranged in such a way that residents can work independently and try out different techniques. Residents have free access to the atelier every day from 8 to 21.00 hrs.      

The ca. 160-m² atelier consists of four interconnected spaces. The first of these is the acid chamber, equipped with an acid table, a fume cupboard, storage for chemicals and a workbench. This space is used for (among other things) frosting, galvanising, anodising, polishing and patinising workpieces.  

The second space is designed for use as a goldsmith’s workshop. There is a large workbench and you will find a range of equipment, including a drawing bench, rolling and polishing machines and a cupboard where small tools for jewellery-making are kept. A wide range of technical manuals is available for consultation in the reference library. 

Next you come to the forging area, where you will find workbenches for forging, heavy-duty bench vices, tree-trunks, a selection of stakes and hammers and a furnace with several burners. This space also contains foundry and vulcanising device, a wax injector and all the requisites for lost wax casting.

Apart from casting, forging, soldering, spinning and pressing, in the studio you can also do chiselling, enamelling, niello, fold forming, Mokume Gane, etc.  

The last space is set aside for residents to meet and exchange experiences.

Past artists in residence

Past DIVA talks