The programme is intended for young artists who predominantly live and work in Frankfurt. The artists should be highly qualified and be successful graduates of an art college, academy or university. Fluent English is a further requirement. Applicants are selected by a jury appointed by the relevant city. Frankfurt artists may apply for the program by submitting a detailed application with CV and work samples to Kulturamt Frankfurt am Main. Foreign artists apply in their respective cities and institutions for a residency in Frankfurt am Main.
The Culture Department of the City of Frankfurt am Main has conducted an artist in residence programme since the year 1990 together with many international partner cities. The project is designed to promote the artistic interchange between culturally oriented and active cities and is based on the principle of reciprocity. In concrete terms this means that foreign artists are offered the opportunity to live and work for two or three months in Frankfurt. The city provides a residential studio and a monthly grant. The counter programme foresees that Frankfurt artists have the opportunity to live and work in a studio in a partner city for a similar period and under equivalent conditions.
The first interchange was initiated in 1990 with Budapest and Salzburg and it still continues today. The Culture Department Frankfurt am Main, which, since early 2005, with newly installed studios on the “Kulturbunker” in Schmickstrasse 18, now possesses two guest studios, has in the meantime been able to extend its contacts at international level. In addition to Budapest and Salzburg, today’s partners also include Helsinki, Seoul, Antwerp, Vienna, Dubrovnik in Croatia, and Salvador de Bahia in Brasil.