Balmoral fellowships 2020

Balmoral fellowships 2020

The conditions for all fellowships with the exception of the curator fellowship are a completed course of study in art (M.F.A. or comparable degree) and two to three years (depending on the respective fellowship) of continuous artistic work after the conclusion of the studies until the beginning of the fellowship. Applications are also possible for autodidacts distinguished by special artistic achievements, as documented by exhibitions and prizes. To foster artistic dialog and interdisciplinary collaboration, knowledge of German or English is expected.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral applications are invited for the international residential fellowships for 2020 with the theme: KUR – Art of Travel: Mobility and travel have not only rapidly accelerated over the past few decades, but have also become increasingly more socially significant. The art world has also become extremely mobile. Artists’ residencies and travel fellowships have had a decisive influence on this trend. Exhibition spaces and studios exist all round the globe, with exhibitions and biennials taking place worldwide. Artists are constantly on the move. This means that creating art is currently closely associated with the various topoi of travel. With this year’s theme, the Künstlerhaus is shedding light on the one hand on mobility and travel as artistic praxis and on the other hand on artistic positions which deal thematically with these themes. The title of this year’s theme, ‘KUR – Art of Travel’ is an allusion to the history of the town of Bad Ems and its tradition as a fashionable and sophisticated spa (Kur) resort in the 19th Century. Even then, artists were among its international guests. Where more than a century ago the former Hotel Schloss Balmoral was host to visitors from around the world to this spa resort, the present Künstlerhaus has for 25 years now been welcoming international fine artists. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary, artists are invited to examine the significance of (artists’) travel in the context of the mobile art scene and current artistic production.

Balmoral fellowships are residential fellowships; continuous presence is obligatory. The fellowships are endowed with 1,400 € a month. Two fellowships are awarded for the period of three months. Four fellowships are awarded for the period of nine months. All residential fellowships run from June each year. All artists invited will have their registered residence in Bad Ems for the time of their stay (compulsory registration). Artists must be free of all professional commitments for the period of their fellowships.

The fellowship holders are provided free of charge with a furnished room in the artists’ residence for living and sleeping, with shower/WC and a studio. Due to the historic nature the building is not barrier-free and the apartments and studios in terms of their size and equipment are normally only suitable for one single person. The conditions of use are governed by the House Rules, which the fellowship holder must observe. The artists’ residence bears all ancillary costs including water, electricity and heating. The lounge, the dining room and the kitchen are for joint use. Pets are not admitted. The fellows may use free of charge an in house wood workshop and a library containing approx. 6,000 books, mainly on modern and contemporary art, and the major art magazines.

Application documents (no originals!). To be sent by post, with deadline 30th June:

  • Two-sided application form (the application form is available for download during the application period for each fellowship and must be completed and submitted with the application. Applications without a filled application form will not be accepted. 
  • CV including your artistic career history and previous grants
  • Explanations to the artistic work and aims during the stay (altogether max. 600 words) 
  • At most 10 photos or other images of the artistic work (no slides, no photo CDs, no Mac data CDs)

- At most one exhibition catalogue; no collective catalogues 
- At most one CD or DVD, no longer than 15 min. 

The application materials must not exceed A4 size and a total weight of 2 kg incl. packing. The Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral is not responsible for submitted application material. Applications by e-mail will not be accepted. Send your application to: Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral; Villenpromenade 11; 56130 BAD EMS; Germany