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Illustrate stories of Amsterdam for Moxy Amsterdam Houthavens

Artists Selected On
December 1, 2017
A THANK YOU NOTE FROM THE JUDGING PANEL

"The jury had a very tough time choosing from all submissions, so many smashing ideas we liked a lot that we could have easily decorated half the hotel with your great proposals; all very Moxy in their own way. We would like to thank each of you for bringing in your best qualities and talents, and sharing them with us!"

Gus Maussen (Captain, Moxy Houthavens), on behalf of the judging panel.
Following the success of previous #MoxyBlankCanvas campaigns, Moxy Hotels (part of Marriott Int.) is now looking for an official Artist-in-Residence for its new hotel opening in Amsterdam in December 2017.

Illustrators, typographers and graffiti artists from the Netherlands are invited to design a large wall mural within the public space of the hotel. The mural should capture a range of short stories that portray Amsterdam, and the Moxy attitude of 'Getting Away With It'. This could come in the form of cheeky stories of what people can get away with in Amsterdam, including the city's canals, showing the vibrant music scene and nightlife of the city, or perhaps incorporating stories of the culture the city is so well-known for.

To mark the opening, Moxy Amsterdam Houthavens is offering an illustrator, typographer or graffiti artist from the Netherlands a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have their work live as a central part of the hotel’s permanent art collection. The selected artwork will be brought to life by the artist and featured on a wall in the hotel’s public space, and should inspire hotel guests to explore Amsterdam, and find out more about the city. The wall measures 3.6m (H) by 6.35m (W).

Artists are asked to submit their portfolio of previous work, along with a visual/sketch and Proposal Plan of what they propose to paint/install on the wall. Moxy and its panel of judges are looking for artwork that embodies the spirit of ‘Getting Away With It’ in Amsterdam, and captures stories of what people can get up to in the city. The more fun, spontaneous and playful, the better. Before submitting, please read the 'Your Submission' section below and check out this mood board for style inspiration, and this mood board for inspiration on the city of Amsterdam.

The Selected Artist will receive €5,000 plus €2,000 production budget to bring their design to life. The Selected Artist will be brought to Amsterdam in January 2018 to install their design in the hotel, and attend the hotel's Coming Out Party in February/March 2018 (travel and accommodation provided) attended by international media, influencers and other VIPs. Two Finalists will receive €500 each and potential exposure across the @MoxyHotels and @MoxyAmsterdam Instagram channels.
Your Submission
Before submitting your work, please consider the following:
  • Please submit:
    • A visual/sketch/mockup of what you propose to paint/install in the hotel (JPEG/PNG).
    • A Proposal Plan (pdf, in English) outlining what materials you will be using. The Proposal Plan should keep in mind the production budget available.
    • Examples of your previous work (portfolio).
  • The proposed work should be 3.6m (H) by 6.35m (W). The wall will be within the public space of the hotel. Please see further images of the space here.
  • Tell a range of short stories of how you can 'get away with it' in Amsterdam, using illustration visuals, typography and/or graffiti. The judges will be looking positively on submissions that incorporate the canals, music, DJ culture and nightlife of Amsterdam in a fun, playful and unexpected way.
  • Check out this mood board for style inspiration, and this mood board for inspiration on the city of Amsterdam.


  • When creating your work, you are encouraged to keep the Moxy attitude of ‘Getting Away With It’, the short stories of what people can get away with in Amsterdam, and the brand's bold, playful spirit in mind. (Please find more information below).
  • Keep in mind that the Selected Artist will be painting or installing their artwork into the hotel over a maximum of ten (10) days. Your proposal and artwork should therefore be possible to install (by one person, or you may use the production budget to bring in further crew) within the timeline.
  • The Selected Artist should be available to travel to Amsterdam for up to 10 continuous days between 3 January - 12 January 2018 in order to paint or install the wall mural, and attend the hotel's Coming Out Party in February/March 2018.
  • You must include your Instagram @handle within your description or Talenthouse profile to ensure you are credited whenever your submission is showcased on the @MoxyHotels and @MoxyAmsterdam Instagram channels. Also if you are selected, you will be asked to share 10 posts on Instagram using #AtTheMoxy #MoxyAmsterdam and #MoxyBlankCanvas so don't forget to get your profile up to date.
About Moxy Amsterdam Houthavens
Moxy Amsterdam Houthavens is located on a vibrant urban oasis, at the heart of ‘creative’ Amsterdam with insta-worthy views over the IJ waters and its working harbours. Heavily influenced by the neighbourhood and the fashion industry, this stylish hotel features a quirky take on the industrial look. The shipping container in the lobby is a nod to the Houthavens harbour activity and the wooden pallets on the bar refer to the traditional historic lumber trade days of old. The DJ decks in the huge communal lobby are a ‘nod’ to the world class DJs the Netherlands has become famous for.

With the vibrant 24/7 cocktail bar and all the different areas to hang out, this hotel is designed to ensure our fun hunting guests enjoy the creative, social, music and party vibes Amsterdam has become known for.

Instagram: @moxyamsterdam #AtTheMoxy #MoxyAmsterdam #MoxyBlankCanvas
About Moxy
Moxy is a fun, vibrant and stylish hotel designed for “always-on guests” who are turned on by new experiences and price is just a pleasant surprise. Our lively communal spaces and energetic crew help our guests have a good time – while they serve themselves when they want to. Smaller doesn’t mean reduced – but concentrated.

Moxy’s Get Away With It Mentality
Up for a good time? Moxy Hotels makes that easy with the heart of a boutique hotel and an attitude that doesn’t play by the rules. There’s a drink waiting for you with your room key and someone at the bar that wants your number. Moxy is for play… Jenga, karaoke, maybe a little game of spin the bottle? At Moxy, you can get away with it.

#AtTheMoxy

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The Career Opportunity
One Selected Artist, as chosen by Moxy Amsterdam Houthavens and its panel of judges, will:
  • Have their work displayed at the Moxy Amsterdam Houthavens hotel and revealed at the hotel’s Coming Out Party in February/March 2018.
  • Travel to Amsterdam to install their proposed work, and attend the Moxy Amsterdam Houthavens Coming Out Party (travel and accommodation for both production and Coming Out Party will be provided).
  • Become the official 'Artist in Residence' for Moxy Amsterdam Houthavens.
  • Receive potential exposure across the @MoxyHotels and @MoxyAmsterdam Instagram channels.
  • Receive €5,000 for their selected work and €2,000 production budget.
Two Finalists, as chosen by Moxy Amsterdam Houthavens and its panel of judges, will receive:
  • Potential exposure across the @MoxyHotels and @MoxyAmsterdam Instagram channels.
  • €500 each.
Please include your Instagram @handle within your description or Talenthouse profile to ensure you are credited whenever your submission is showcased on the @MoxyHotels and @MoxyAmsterdam Instagram channels.
Meet The Jury
Floor Duijndam

Designer and Owner at ATELIER FLOOR

After graduating in 2003 as an architect from the Technical University Delft, Floor Duijndam started working for several agencies like Atelier Rijksbouwmeester and Fokkema & Partners Architecten. In 2009 she started her own company, Atelier Floor, that specializes in architecture, interior design and furniture design. Working in partnership with other architects, graphic designers and brand makers, her ultimate goal is to deliver ‘total concepts’ that breathe the right atmosphere and image and fit her clients' needs as a tailor-made suite. Among many other projects, Floor worked for hotel brands such as Mercure, Hyatt Place, Residence Inn and of course Moxy Hotels.


Niki Yocarini

Senior Producer, Unit C.M.A

A graduate in graphic design from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Niki Yocarini is a senior producer with Unit C.M.A., an agency representing various artists in photography, illustration, animation, (art) direction and film.

Niki uses her creative pragmatism to ensure a seamless and end-to-end coordination of creative production processes for many high-profile clients.

Her previous experience includes communication and project management for a leading sports fashion brand.

Gus Maussen

Captain, Moxy Amsterdam Houthavens

As an Industrial Design graduate from the Delft University of Technology, Gus Maussen began his career at a large graphic design agency. He then developed the weekly 'Friday Nights' program for the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam where he was responsible for both the organization and programming. Afterwards, he went on for many years to produce audio and multimedia guides for dozens of nationally and internationally renowned museums, including the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Royal Palace of Amsterdam. To this day, thousands of visitors per day from all over the world listen to his audio tours at several museums in The Netherlands and abroad.

Now, as captain of Moxy Amsterdam he is once again expanding his horizons and starting a new chapter in hospitality.


Creative Invite Guidelines
  • The Creative Invite is open only to individuals who are at least eighteen (18) years of age and the age of majority in their jurisdiction of primary residence and who are residents of the Netherlands at the time of submission and until March 2018. Citizens from all other countries are not eligible to participate.
  • Up to ten (10) submissions per artist. One (1) visual/sketch/mockup, one Proposal Plan, Examples of previous work can be included in a single submission.
  • All submissions must be original artwork (meaning not using third party pre-existing copyright and/or stock materials) but can be pre-existing or created especially for this opportunity.
  • Artists should retain their original artwork files in the highest quality possible but visuals/sketches must be submitted in JPEG or PNG, max. size 10MB via the 'Participate Tab'. The Proposal Plan of the project and previous work should be uploaded as separate PDF files using the provided option ‘Proposal Plan' and 'Previous Work'. The Proposal Plan should be written in English. The Selected Artist must be able to provide the visual/sketch as a high-res vector file.
  • Please read the "Your Submission" section above carefully.
  • Artists should share their Instagram @handle in the description accompanying their submission to make sure they can be credited.
  • When sharing submissions on Instagram, please use the hashtags #AtTheMoxy #MoxyAmsterdam and #MoxyBlankCanvas.
  • All non-selected artists (and the two Finalists) retain ownership in their work. There is no assignment of any intellectual property rights in your work to Moxy. However, by submitting you hereby grant to Moxy a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license for three months after announcement of the Selected Artist to use your submitted work across their various marketing platforms in association with Moxy Amsterdam Houthavens. All artists will be credited accordingly.
  • The Selected Artist has to assign all rights, title and interest in and to the selected work to Moxy. The selected work will be on permanent display at Moxy Amsterdam Houthavens and used across the various marketing platforms of Moxy. The selected work may also be used on items for sales and giveaways. For the incentives set forth above, the Selected Artist will have to sign a Release Form.
  • The Selected Artist must be available to travel to Amsterdam for up to ten (10) days between 3 January - 12 January 2018 in order to produce the wall installation, and two (2) days in February/March 2018 to attend the hotel's Coming Out Party. Moxy Amsterdam Houthavens will manage travel and accommodation logistics, and cover costs for both artwork installation and party. If the work cannot be finished within the allocated time, additional installation time can be arranged in January 2018.
  • The Selected Artist must have a valid passport to travel to Amsterdam.
  • The Selected Artist may be required to modify their submission to accommodate production requirements.
  • The Selected Artist will also be required to share 10 posts on Instagram using #AtTheMoxy #MoxyAmsterdam and #MoxyBlankCanvas from the opening (2 posts), in the 3 months after opening (4 posts) and for the remaining 10 months of the year (4 posts).
  • Artists must join Talenthouse using an active email address in order to ensure they can be contacted should they be selected.
  • The Selected Artist and Finalists must respond to Talenthouse within two (2) days of receiving the notification email or else will forfeit all incentives.
  • Talenthouse reserves the right to remove inappropriate, offensive and harmful submissions as well as submissions that do not fit the brief, guidelines or Official Rules.
  • No purchase necessary to enter.
How Moxy Will Choose
Moxy Amsterdam Houthavens and its panel of judges will select from all qualified submissions. A qualified submission is one which meets all the Terms & Conditions, Guidelines and Official Rules.
Key Dates
  • Submit By:
    November 6, 2017 at 6:00 PM
  • Selection Period Starts:
    November 6, 2017 at 6:00 PM
  • Artists Selected:
    December 1, 2017
All times are in Central European Time.