AaBKC Residency, Aarhus

AaBKC Residency, Aarhus

AaBKC Residency is a new residency program designed to give international artists and curators an opportunity to develop meaningful professional contacts in Aarhus, Denmark. Aarhus Center for Visual Art (Aarhus Billedkunstcenter, AaBKC) will invite one curator and one artist to live and work in Aarhus for eight weeks each spring and fall, respectively. Residents will be invited to meet local artists and arts professionals, visit artist studios and exhibition spaces, and participate in networking meetings and cultural events.

By focusing on networking, AaBKC Residency creates a platform for cross-cultural dialogue, offering local and international artists and curators a chance to learn from and challenge one another through the exchange of ideas, perspectives, and expertise. The program is designed to foster short- and long-term professional development, allowing curators to broaden their knowledge base, develop new and meaningful professional contacts and work relationships, create future work opportunities, refine networking skills, and build other vital professional capacities. AaBKC Residency also aims to give artists and curators time and space to work. It is a process-oriented program that encourages residents to experiment in response to and in tandem with their exploration of the local arts scene.

AaBKC Residency’s Spring 2018 program invites one international curator and one international artist to live and work in Aarhus, where s/he will have an opportunity to meet local artists and arts professionals, visit artist studios and exhibition spaces, and participate in networking meetings and cultural events. In addition to exploring the arts community of Aarhus, AaBKC Residency also gives visiting curators and artists the time and space they need to conduct research, write, plan exhibitions, or engage in other self-directed work, as desired. They do not expect a specific product or exhibition as the result of the residency, but wish to provide residents with the necessary resources to make the most of their time in Denmark.


  • Emerging and established curators and artists of contemporary visual art (excluding Danish citizens and residents of Denmark) are welcome to apply
  • Successful applicant will have a strong desire to expand his/her network of artists, curators, gallerists, and other arts professionals
  • Applicants must be able to communicate effectively in English


  • Resident must participate in Aarhus Center for Visual Art’s monthly ART BAR networking event
  • Resident is not required to produce a final project
  • Resident is expected to engage with the local art scene and work with Aarhus Center for Visual Art staff to develop a program for the residency with a focus on networking


  • Combined living/work accommodations: private apartment in central Aarhus, with attached multi-purpose work space (production equipment and materials not provided)
  • Additional work space: desk within Aarhus Center for Visual Art’s offices; Godsbanen open workshops (publicly accessible and shared with local artists)
  • Administrative and networking support from Aarhus Center for Visual Art staff
  • Exhibition space: Mellemrummet (optional)
  • Discounted meal card for Godsbanen’s in-house cafe, Spiselauget
  • Bicycle


  • 10.000 DKK stipend (honorarium, travel, and ART BAR)
  • Free living accommodations and work space
  • Residents must cover daily living and working expenses

Please email the following documents (PDF format) to [email protected] by 23.59 Danish time on Sunday, November 5, 2017:

  • AaBKC Residency application form
  • Motivation letter (max. 500 words)
  • CV (max. 2 pages)
  • For curators: Writing sample and image materials from past curatorial projects (max. 5 pages)
  • For artists: Current portfolio (max 5 pages)