© Maarten Seghers


a Needcompany fellowship

MILL’S REALITY SALON is een fellowship ontwikkeld door en binnen Needcompany. Het is ontstaan uit het verlangen om de multidisciplinaire artistieke zoektocht die Needcompany 30 jaar geleden startte verder te zetten. Met dit initiatief ter waarde van 10.000 euro willen we kunstenaars de kans bieden om tijdloos en niet resultaatgericht te denken en te creëren. Onze doelstelling is om nieuwe, duurzame verbindingen aan te gaan. Voor MILL'S REALITY SALON nodigen we daarom kunstenaars uit die nooit eerder samenwerkten met Needcompany. De oproep staat open voor alle nationaliteiten en leeftijden."

With MILL's Reality Salon we want to address the question of whether the era of BEAUTY is over and whether REALITY has now become the main topic of artistic interest. Is it the case that the true moment of exploration occurs when one word is mistaken for another? We wish that the artists of the salon, instead of going in one direction or another, remain open for the clash of these two notions – in its poetic and formal quest.

MILL's Beauty Salon is neither a residency nor a production-oriented programme. We are explicitly committed to supporting artists in thinking, dreaming and creating timelessly. Our wish is to support the artistic process by providing an environment and the required resources.

To apply for MILL's Reality Salon, we are only inviting artists (whether individuals or collectives) who have never collaborated with Needcompany before.

The budget of MILL's Beauty Salon is 10 000 euro, which will be granted to one or several artists, depending on the specific needs of their proposals.

In addition to financial support, Needcompany offers support in kind: a residency room at MILL (writers’ room), use of the studio at MILL (play room), and a dramaturgical dialogue with the members of Needcompany. The selected artists will be given the opportunity to present their work to the public at MILL.

The fellowship is open to all nationalities & ages and designed for artists who have developed an independent body of work over a number of years.

We encourage applications from artists who have a link with Brussels, the heart of international thinking.

The timeframe of the fellowship is February–December 2021.

How to apply:

Send us the following information:


& the following attachments:

1)    Your CV outlining your artistic experience
2)    Your digital portfolio
3)    Your statement, addressing the following questions:
-       Why are you applying for MILL's Beauty Salon?
-       What does your artistic practice consist of today?
-       What do you propose for MILL's Reality Salon? (describe your concrete plan and estimate its budget and/or production conditions)

Email your application (up to 10MB) to: millsalon@needcompany.org

Deadline for submissions is 5 January 2021. Results will be announced by the beginning of February 2021.

Any questions? Email Kasia Tórz (kasia@needcompany.org), Needcompany’s artistic & programme developer.

(Foto: © Maarten Seghers)

5 januari 2021