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48 Hour Project

Friday 7 May 2021 - Sunday 9 May 2021

For all bachelor and master students of Leiden University, the Honours Academy organises the 48 Hour Project: a unique opportunity to unleash your creativity! Within two days, you and your parnter will create a painting, song, statue or other piece of art. At the end of the weekend, all participants will present their project and celebrate their work.

Application and admission

All students of Leiden University can sign up, including students of the Pre-University College. The application deadline is April 30th, 23:59 hrs.

In the application form, there is the possibility to fill in a preference for a student to partner with. But beware: you both need to fill in the application form. There is a limited number of spots available, so don't hesitate and sign up!


If you sign up, you must be available for the opening assembly (Friday 7 May, 19:00 - 20:30, online) and the closing assembly (Sunday 9 May, 19.00 - 20:30, online). And - of course - you should clear your weekend. You can probably fit in a dentist appointment or a walk with your dog, but you and your partner should both be willing to spend the majority of Saturday and Sunday working on your project.

You can participate in this event entirely online. The opening assembly, closing assembly and progress calls will all take place digitally. In the application form, we will ask you whether you want to participate entirely online, or would like to meet in-person with your partner (respecting all government COVID-19 measures, i.e. keeping distance and only meeting as a pair). We will always pair you with someone who has the same preference. If you choose to participate online, this will likely mean your artpiece will be digital in form. We will share programmes, tips and inspiration on how you can create collaborative digital pieces, so no need to worry about that!

You and your partner are responsible for obtaining art materials for your project (paint, canvas, clay, etc.). We recommend that you use what you already have, and recycle where possible. We will also provide tips to you on where you can find affordable art supplies and how to get creative with recycled material. After the event, you can submit a pitch if you want to continue your project, expand it or remake it with higher quality materials. If your pitch is accepted, we will provide you and your partner with a small budget for materials.

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For questions about this project, please contact the ambassador of the Honours College, Marjolijn van Raaij

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