English, German
2 to 6 months
Paid by host 

MuseumsQuartier Errichtungs- und BetriebsgesmbH makes the studios available for the duration of the stipend including all utilities (note: no telephone connection currently available in the studios). The artist is given EUR 1,050.00 per month to cover expenses. These funds are paid out by MuseumsQuartier Errichtungs- und BetriebsgesmbH.

Coordination of selection and time scheduling as well as support service for the artist in cooperation with the recommending institution. Stipends in Q21 require the artists' presence on location, i.e. artists are required to spend at least three quarters of the stipend period in the MuseumsQuartier. There are no age limits for stipends.

Application guidelines 

The applications for the artist-in-residence program are registered with the MQ E+B Ges. - Elisabeth Hajek ([email protected]) using a registration form, in any case CV and project proposal also in digital form. If an applicant is chosen, he or she will receive confirmation in writing.

The following information must be provided in digital form no later than upon the registration of an artist:

  • Application letter
  • Completed application form
  • CV (name, education, exhibitions, professional experience, etc.)
  • Ideas or concrete project proposals for Q21
  • Visual or audio material, links

Q21/ MuseumsQuartier Wien

Q21/ MuseumsQuartier Wien


Q21 provides workspace for around 50 initiatives, organizations, agencies and editorial offices working in the cultural sector. This creative space is spread across over 7,000 sqm within the MuseumsQuartier Wien. In this way, Q21 brings the “creative” aspect into one of the world’s largest complexes for art and culture. Q21 tenants work across a wide variety of fields. Be it an international film or dance festival, indie game development, art book publishing or a fashion boutique, with their themes and forms of production, these initiatives complement the traditional museums and event spaces at the MuseumsQuartier Wien. Q21 tenants operate autonomously. Some run small exhibition spaces (showrooms) or occupy offices in the publicly accessible indoor area on the ground floor of the baroque Fischer von Erlach Wing, open daily from 10 am to 10 pm. Others curate the artistic passageways that connect the MQ’s various courtyards. These passages are to be regarded as outdoor micro-museums and offer a changing program, including accompanying publications on literature, typography, comics, street art and sound art.

A further promotional tool and a key factor in establishing Q21 as a creative space is the Artist-in-Residence program, which was initiated along with the founding of Q21, in 2002. International guest artists are invited to Vienna by Q21’s resident initiatives to realize projects on location. Q21 provides live-in studio accommodation inside the MQ, as well as a grant of EUR 1,050 per month, and helps promote the artists’ work. Around 600 artists have already been guests of the MuseumsQuartier since the program began.

Several of the Artists-in-Residence are represented with their works in the Q21 exhibition space. The ffrei_raum Q21 exhibition space, located at ground level near the entrance to MuseumsQuartier U2 subway station, brings together the three facets that comprise its name. The exhibition space is easily accessible and admission is free, featuring works and concepts by Q21 artists (Artists-in-Residence) in an international context. The venue hosts a program of group exhibitions curated by international curators, with a focus, since 2012, on socio-political themes and social criticism.


In case of events within the context of the Q21 Artist-in-Residence Program, the residency has to be mentioned on printed matters, press releases etc.

Studio Information 

Eight live/work studios are available in the MQ complex.

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