MEDIA ART FESTIVAL 2020 Ι November 20th – December 6th

Media Art Festival 2019

We are now planning and hoping for the 2020 Media Art Festival! The search for talented young media artists has begun: for our 2020 MAF Young Masters exhibition, we hope to share with you the most exciting and challenging projects that are shaping the scene of art and technology. In parallel, we are preparing our theme program: artists, scientists and other special guests will join us for a variety of events on this year’s theme, HERE AND NOW. We’re still figuring out just how this will happen, but what we do know is that we have a lot to talk and think about: from relationships with non-humans, to the economy of cultural production, to the unknown and unknowable.

Are you a media artist looking for opportunities to join us? Check out the open calls below!

Open Call: Artist in Space 2020

Media Art Friesland (MAF) is offering a unique coaching opportunity for a talented emerging artist! We want to give you the time and space to develop an exciting new media art project with the guidance of our international network of artists and experts. You will work on site in Leeuwarden, and ultimately present your results as part of Media Art Festival/LUNA 2020. Will you be the one to join us in Growing Up in Public?


  • You are an emerging media artist (in a broad sense, e.g. working with technology, light, sound, etc.).
  • You are based in the North of the Netherlands.
  • You are available for a work period of one week in September/October and for a presentation in November/December 2020 (exact dates to be determined).
  • You are comfortable with our framework of experimental and cooperative creation as “Growing Up in Public.” This means that you are enthusiastic about working in a visible location that allows the public to follow your creative process, and open to constructive interactions, discussion and criticism.

Does this sound like you? Then please, apply now! Send your CV and a brief description (1-3 pages) of the project you would like to develop to: Deadline: June 28, 2020. Questions? Get in touch, we’re happy to answer!

Growing Up in Public 2020 is the second edition of an experimental talent development project developed by Media Art Friesland as part of the Artist in Space program. It’s supported by the cooperation scheme We Are the North, and organized with our colleagues from the Noordenaars union of Northern art spaces. OF COURSE…

We are aware that life looks different now than when we developed this concept. However, we are also convinced that it will again be different in September this year, and later. Of course, we will adapt the project to what is possible and safe at that time. So at this point we encourage you to apply and later on we will decide which shape the project will take.

Open Call MAF Young Masters 2020

Media Art Friesland is calling Young Masters!

We hereby open the selection for this year’s Media Art Festival 2020, which is scheduled for the end of November. This is your chance to nominate your own or someone else’s existing piece of media art. That may be an object, a project, an installation, a performance or any other work that broadly uses or addresses technology, light, science, sound or digital media.

Artists must be emerging; for example, recent graduates of Bachelor’s or Master’s programs, or autodidacts in the first years of their media art careers. The chosen finalists will participate in our annual exhibition at the end of the year, and compete for the MAF Young Masters Award 2020! Details on the exact form of the show will be announced in the future, and we will of course adhere to the appropriate public health and safety measures.

We hope that this year the prize for the winner of the Young Masters Award will again be an inspiring work period with our partners AADK Spain, but we will adjust the prize to the situation if necessary.

As many exam shows will be postponed or cancelled, we will choose our Young Masters nominees from submissions and from hints we get from our professional colleagues more than ever. So, please submit!

Send us convincing information about the artwork that you think could win to Please include detailed documentation (photos, videos, etc.) and the artist’s CV. Deadline for submissions is July 1, 2020. If you are not sure you qualify, or have further questions, please get in touch! We’re happy to help.

MEDIA ART FESTIVAL 2019 | November 22th – December 8th 

Time flew by, after the magic year of 2018, this year was far from empty or boring in our cultural capital. It looks like Leeuwarden knows how to keep the spirit alive. At the end of this year we are back with a colourful, diverse and challenging edition of the Media Art Festival. We bring together many young aspiring artists and the newest trends and developments in the media arts scene. We selected 15 Young Masters from five European countries. Together with our Young Masters we point in the direction of what is next and very much later, and we offer plenty of space for encounters and discourse, with many special events during the two weeks of our festival.

Many of this year’s special events and artworks revolve about the central theme ILLUSIONS. Artists, scientists and the audience are invited to experience many types of artistic illusions and to critically discuss where ‘reality’ ends and storytelling starts. In this world of information and disinformation in which media technology plays a crucial role, we want to offer a platform to those who investigate new means of communication and innovative use of technology.

Halfway through MAF, November 28th to 30th, many more international artists enter the stage. Then the LUNA Leeuwarden Urban Night Adventure shine its light on the streets of Leeuwarden. Overwhelming and breathtaking installations of light and sound art will stimulate your senses and transport you in a world full of visual illusions. All over the city centre, the work of LUNA will make you see Leeuwarden in a whole new light.

We wish you many interesting and beautiful moments and we hope that we can create some new illusions with MAF and LUNA 2019!

Team Media Art Friesland