Presentation of H+F Curatorial Grant
A new H+F project was launched on 14 September at de Appel arts centre in Amsterdam and on 17 September at the FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais in Dunkirk.

The H+F Curatorial Grant will be awarded annually to an ex-participant of the international Curatorial Programme of de Appel. The winner will be allowed to work on the realisation of an exhibition project at the FRAC for a period of 18 months. The Tomorrow Book Studio/Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht also participates in the project.

Annette Schemmel (1979, DE) is the first to receive the H+F Curatorial Grant, on the basis of her exhibition proposal which focuses on 'collecting' as a phenomenon.

The jury of this first edition consisted of initiators Han Nefkens (H+F Collection), Ann Demeester (director of de Appel arts centre) and Hilde Teerlinck (director FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais).

On 14 September, de Appel highlighted the launch of the H+F Curatorial Grant with a debate on contemporary and historic patronage, featuring Han Nefkens, prof.dr. Nachoem Wijnberg of the University of Amsterdam and Ann Demeester. On 17 September, a press conference was held at the FRAC.

H+F Curatorial Grant
de Appel arts centre
FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais
Jan van Eyck Academie
Presentation of H+F Curatorial Grant  

The ArtAids foundation was set up in 2006 at Han Nefkens’ initiative. ArtAids fights AIDS with the power of art as its most important weapon. ArtAids invites leading artists to produce work that is inspired by AIDS and related problems. These works of art are used to raise the public’s consciousness and to encourage their involvement.

Fundació Han Nefkens

The Han Nefkens Foundation is a private non-profit organisation that was set up in Barcelona in 2009 with the aim of promoting the production of contemporary artworks. The mission is to stimulate artistic creation in Barcelona by offering international artists an opportunity to create artworks and interventions in the city, and to promote other fields of contemporary creation.


Han Nefkens started to collect art in 2000. The H+F Collection, named after himself and his partner Felipe, is in long-term loan to various museums in The Netherlands and abroad. Nowadays Han Nefkens is not only active as a collector but also as an initiator of international art projects, often in collaboration with museums and other art institutions.