Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral Residential Fellowships for International Visual Artists


Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral (Bad Ems, Germany)


Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral
Stiftung Rheinland-Pfalz für Kultur
Villenpromenade 11
56130 Bad Ems
Telephone: +49 (0) 2603 9419-0

Aims and objectives
Artists’ residence Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral in Bad Ems was founded in 1995 and is a place of reflection, artistic production, discussion and meeting. It supports visual artists from all over the world by awarding artists-in-residence fellowships.

The Künstlerhaus is publicly presented through lectures, concerts and exhibitions. Works by the fellows are regularly shown in ‘Made in Balmoral’, the Künstlerhaus’s exhibition space in the Bad Ems city centre. Schloss Balmoral sees itself as an interface between artistic work and theoretical reflection and as a point of contact between former and present fellows. Balmoral intends to build a bridge between the artists' present and their future.

Since 2013, fellowships are offered in one artistic genre or one theme each year. This offering, which is unique in Germany, is intended to enable deeper mutual creative cross-fertilisation among the resident artists. It will also lead to a more intensive specialist exchange of ideas with external artists, speakers, teachers, curators, etc.

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 focus will be on the way various forms, motivations and associated social practices of travel are confronted. Setting out for somewhere else is an experience full of fascination and yearning, but also involves a sense of risk and change. In a worldwide context of tourism and migration, awareness of self and of the other and the effects of mobility take on ambivalent meanings. Against the background of social developments such as globalisation and digitalisation, travel and mobility take on various social, cultural, political, economic and ecological implications.

What is crucial for artistic interaction with this year’s theme is the visual dimension of travel. Travel is always associated with the production and reproduction of images. These include imaginary utopian-dystopian images and tourist picture worlds as much as artistic positions. It is precisely artists, who are themselves often (tourist) travellers, who reflect and develop various aesthetic strategies from the tension between imagination, reality and staged pose.

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 our own anniversary we invite you to examine the significance of (artists’) travel in the context of the mobile art scene and current artistic production.

For all fellows of a year funded by the Ministry of Science, Further Education and Culture and the foundation for culture of Rhineland-Palatinate a final exhibition at the historic rooms of the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck will be realised at the beginning of the following year resp. the end of the fellowship.

Eligible to apply for a Balmoral fellowship are visual artists of any age from Germany and around the world. 

The preconditions for applicants for the residential fellowships for visual artists are a completed course of study in art (M.F.A. or comparable) and three years of continuous artistic work after the conclusion of studies until the beginning of the fellowship. Applications are also possible for autodidacts distinguished by special artistic achievements, as documented by exhibitions and prizes.

Knowledge of German or English is expected.
Benefits and requirements
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.

Tiles for world-famous artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser were developed and produced in the company Baukeramik Ebinger in Bad Ems. The fellows have the opportunity to use the local workshop and the kiln for a fee. Personal support and guidance is also possible. For more information please visit www.ebinger-schnass-keramik.de.

After the fellowship acceptance, the applicant will receive an agreement concluded with the Künstlerhaus and the house rules. Once the contract has been signed by the fellowship holder, the award of the fellowship is legally binding.  

Fellows are required to write a report about their stay in the Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral afterwards. 

Selection procedure
The decision on the award of the fellowships is made by a jury of experts taking into special consideration the potential of the artistic work for development. The members of the jury make their choice according to the quality of the work samples applicants have to hand in together with their application (for more details see »application«). 

The selection committee normally consists of one chairperson and seven members of the jury who are expert representatives of the following professional groups: 

• an art critic 
• a museum director or curator 
• a representative of the studies of Fine Arts from a university or an art academy 
• a member of the artists associations in the Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate 
• a visual artist 
• the artistic director of the Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral 
• a former fellow 
• the desk officer of the Ministry of Science, Further Education and Culture of Rhineland-Palatinate, Mainz 

An 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. More details you find here.

Opportunity Opens

Tuesday, Jun 11th 2019

Opportunity Closes

Sunday, Jun 30th 2019, 11:45pm

Application Location

External Site
MN Artists