2017 Rijksstudio International Award Competition

The Rijksstudio Award invites the public to get inspired by works in the Rijksmuseum’s collection, downloading and using images of works or details of work in a creative way. Anyone can enter the competition and every interpretation is allowed – design, fine art, applied art, fashion, photography, and video.

The Rijksstudio Award, launched in 2014, placing the Rijksmuseum firmly in a leading position in the world of digital image culture and open design, takes place bi-annually as of this year. Past winning projects have ranged widely, including an original make-up line inspired by the colour palettes in five women’s portraits from the Museum’s collection by Asnate Bockis and Rogier Arents, a wallpaper collection by Ottoline de Vries, a Delft blue hat by Josh Moll, the Rembrandt Book Bracelet by Lyske Gais and Lia Duinker, and a set of specially created and labelled Rijksmuseum Preserves, designed by Alexandra Schijf and Birgitta van Langeveld.

As part of the competition programme, the Rijksmuseum will host a series of Rijksstudio design events internationally to engage with creative communities in key cities. These are:

  • 13 September: BlogFabrik, Berlin
  • 15 September: Second Home, London
  • 28 September: MoMA, New York
  • 14 October: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The competition opens on 13 September 2016 and the closing date for entries is 15 January 2017.

What can you win?

The top prize of €10,000 will be announced at the Rijksmuseum on 21 April 2017.


The winners will be selected by an independent jury including:

  • Irma Boom, Irma Boom Design
  • Tony Chambers, Editor-in-Chief, Wallpaper
  • Taco Dibbits, Director of the Rijksmuseum (chairman)
  • Ute Thon, chief copy editor of ART - Das Kunstmagazin
  • Thomas Widdershoven, Creative Director, Design Academy, Eindhoven

jury17 From left: I. Boom, T. Chambers, T. Dibbits, U. Thon and W. Widdershoven


If you have any questions or feedback on the Rijksstudio Award, please email award@rijksmuseum.nl


With Rijksstudio, 200,000 artworks are presented in close-up for you to zoom in on, to touch, to “Like”, and to use in your own creations. Collect your favourite works in your own Rijksstudio, share them with friends or download them free of charge and make your own artwork.

With thanks to our Rijksstudio partners:

BankGiro Loterij
Rijksstudio Fonds | Rijksmuseum Fonds