how to become a member

DABIDA membership is open to Dutch and Belgian artists and also to Dutch speaking artists living elsewhere. We are looking for people who make dolls and or figurative related sculptures on a high level, with unique character.  Do you think you make doll art that suits DABIDA? Would you like to become a member? Sign up by using the registration form below.  Furthermore, people who wish to become a DABIDA member are welcome to show their work during our DABIDA day.

How is an application assessed? 

After your application, your work will be assessed by an acceptance committee.  They will assess the submitted work on the following points:

  • Expression
  • Originality
  • Proportion and anatomy
  • Use of material
  • Finish and detailing

Makers who are assessed positively by the committee may first exhibit their work as a guest on the next DABIDA day, after which a final decision will be made about admission to DABIDA.

If your work does not fully meet the set criteria yet, a candidate membership can be decided.  This candidate membership starts for the maximum duration of 2 years.  A candidate member may show the work during DABIDA day.  During this period, new work must be presented every year.  After the period, the work will be reassessed.

Even if it is decided not to be admitted as  a DABIDA member, the current DABIDA members are always open to explaining the points for attention and certainly also to point out the positive sides of the work in a substantiating manner.  Comments are given to improve the work so that admission at a later stage may be possible.  We look forward to new entries with great interest.

How to sign up?

At the bottom of this page you will find the digital registration form.  We ask you the following:

  • 5 clear and sharp digital photos, one of which is a close-up photo of one of the doll’s faces and 4 photos of the complete dolls.  
  • A description for each photo, stating the materials used and a short explanation of the techniques used.
  • A personal story about yourself and the work you have made.
  • Indicate why you want to become a member.
  • If you have your own website, Facebook page or Instagram, where your work is shown, please indicate that as well.

Fill in the form (see below) as complete as possible.  Add the photos and send.  We will contact you as soon as possible.

Applications that do not comply with the above, unfortunately cannot be processed.

sign up for membership

Do you have the ambition to make the most beautiful art dolls just like our members? Sign up here.