The Gerrit Rietveld Academie is looking for: 

Workshop employee (f/m/x) for the Printmaking Workshop, 8 hours a week (0,2 fte)


The organisation 

The Gerrit Rietveld Academy (GRA) is a small-scale, independent, internationally oriented college of fine art and design. The GRA consists of the Rietveld Academy (bachelor education, divided into 13 departments) and the Sandberg Institute (master education, divided into 7 departments), the Lectureship Art and Public Space and 23 workshops. The academy has around 850 students and 130 course participants. The students come from 55 different countries and 67% of the students come from outside the Netherlands. 

The academy is characterized by research-based and experimental art education, where (head) teachers, workshop staff, students and staff together shape and give content to education and research. Diversity and inclusion, ecology and sustainability are important priorities of the GRA and thus guide the actions of members of the academy community. Characteristic of the academy is its decentralized management philosophy and the rather autonomous working methods of the departments (specializations) and workshops.

The daily management is in the hands of the Executive Board (CvB) supported by the Management Team. The CvB is accountable to the Supervisory Board (BoS). Education is supported by a large number of workshops (digital and craft) and staff departments, such as Financial Administration, Student Affairs, IT, Facilities, Public Rietveld and the P&O department. The academy has approximately 300 employees.

Our workshop 

The Printmaking workshop is independent from any department and offers access and guidance to traditional printmaking techniques, such as intaglio, relief printing and lithography, to students from all departments and years. We are equipped with five presses for different mediums and formats, two of which are exclusively designated for lithographic stones. We provide in-depth guidance to intaglio techniques, such as etching, dry-point, aquatint, mezzotint and photo-etching. Students can also explore relief printing through linocut and woodcut, as well as use our presses to experiment with monotype. Finally, we perform non-toxic stone lithography with materials that respect the environment and the human.

We approach printmaking with patience, giving each material the time and attention they need in order to help us with the outcome. We encourage students to get their hands dirty and venture into each technique with an open mind, anticipating surprise or even failure. We welcome first-timers with enthusiasm and willingness to give to them the extra attention that they might need. 

What are your main tasks?

The main tasks that you will be expected to perform are assisting the students and maintaining the workshop and its equipment. 

Assistance consists of:

• Introducing and demonstrating any technique from A to Z;

• Being attentive to students and ready to answer their questions or give them a helping hand;

• Managing appointments and creating bookings for students;

• Occasionally welcoming larger groups of students and introducing them to the workshop and its functions.


Maintenance consists of:

• Cleaning surfaces and tools throughout the day;

• Keeping the workshop tidy;

• Closing the workshop at the end of the day after making sure that everything is in order;

• Participating in yearly clean-ups and maintenance of the presses.

What kind of profile do you have? 

We are looking for someone with experience and expertise in at least two of the following printmaking techniques:

• Intaglio (etching, drypoint, aquatint, etc.);

• Relief (linocut, woodcut);

• Lithography.


Besides the technical expertise, you should be able to engage and communicate with students in an efficient and considerate manner. We appreciate and encourage the willingness to experiment and take risks when faced with a challenging inquiry. You will also be expected to organise the time and space around bigger groups of students, as well as attend to more than one student in a short interval of time. Fluency in English is necessary, as you will be engaging with students from all around the globe, which also means that a certain sensitivity and consideration of their journey is appreciated. Lastly, the new workshop assistant is expected to be LGBTQIA+ friendly. 

Terms and conditions of employment 

• According to the cao Hoger Beroepsonderwijs, the salary offered is determined on the basis of knowledge and experience; the vacancy is graded in scale 7 with a maximum gross monthly salary of €3.264,65 on the basis of a full-time appointment (40 hours per week) or, in case your background and extra responsibilities justifies, scale 8 with a maximum gross monthly salary of € 3.691,27 on the basis of a full-time appointment (40 hours per week).  

• good fringe benefits including an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%, a large number of holidays, a pension scheme and development opportunities; 

• a one-year contract with a probationary period of one month.


The Gerrit Rietveld Academie strives for a broader representation of staff, students, partners and programmes that reflects the diversity of the city. Anyone who thinks they can contribute to this is expressly invited to respond. 


Send your letter of application and CV to with the subject 'vacancy for a workshop employee'. We aim to start the employment in November of 2022 or as soon as possible.

The closing date of this vacancy is 9th of October 2022 and on October 18 2022, a choice will be made as to whom we will invite for an (online) interview. 

Questions can be sent to 

Applications from recruitment agencies will not be considered.