Open call for artists for the NordArt 2020


Kunstwerk Carlshütte (Büdelsdorf, Germany)

NordArt 2020: 6 June – 11 October 2020
Deadline for applications: 30 November 2019

Kunstwerk Carlshütte is a non-profit cultural initiative and organizes NordArt, which has been held annually since 1999. NordArt is one of the largest contemporary art exhibitions in Europe, which is redesigned annually and which presents more than 200 selected artists from all over the world – internationally renowned artists and as well as newcomers. As an internationally established forum for cultural education and exchange, NordArt has dedicated itself to the task of enhancing mutual understanding through the language of art.

The exhibition thrives on the varying perspectives of individual cultures, but also points out the fact that East and West, South and North share many common thoughts. To deepen its insights, NordArt devotes its own pavilion to a different country every year and cooperates with embassies, cultural institutions and curators of the respective countries. Specifically appointed artists and special projects have become another permanent fixture within NordArt.

The exhibition grounds include the historic aisles of the iron foundry Carlshütte with their 22,000 square meters of ground area, the charming ACO Wagenremise and an 80,000 square meters sculpture park. NordArt counts about 100,000 visitors every summer. For an impression of the exhibition site visit the virtual tour.

Artists from all over the world can apply to participate in the exhibition. The selection of artworks takes place until the end of February 2020 by a jury. A list of selected artists and special projects will be published on our website by the beginning of March 2020. All invited artists will be informed and asked to confirm their participation and to send the documents for the catalogue. The delivery of selected artworks is scheduled for the end of April.

Application for Participation:
The deadline for applications is 30 November 2019.
The application for participation in the NordArt is preferably online.
Alternatively, applications can be submitted by post or by e-mail.
There are no registration fees.

Online application
1. Fill out text fields with personal data and upload artist resume (Word or PDF file, max 1MB).
2. Additional material (optional): texts, articles, reviews (Word or PDF file, max 1MB).
3. Select field (painting, sculpture, installation, photo, etc.). Multiple selection possible.
If you are also applying for the NordArt symposium in May, please select „yes“ and upload the description of the project (Word or PDF file, max 1MB). Find below information about the NordArt symposium.
4. Upload images of artworks, which could be shown at NordArt: up to 10 files (1 MB max single file, formats: JPG, GIF, PNG, PDF), fill text fields with information. Field „web link“: link for video work or image file.

The recording of data through this form takes place at the explicit request of the artist and serves the exclusive purpose of establishing contact between the artist and NordArt. The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies to all further processing of the data.

After the „submit“ a confirmation of entry and information is sent to your email address automatically.

Alternative: application documents by post or by email:
1. Application form (.pdf)
2. Artist resume (curriculum vitae) and additional material (optional)
3. Photos of approx. 10 art works which could be shown at NordArt. Please label all photos with the title, year of origin, technique, and size. Optional documents: own catalogues. Exhibits for NordArt can be marked in the catalogue. Please do not send any originals. The return of application documents is not possible.
Please send the documents by 30 November 2019 at the latest (postmark).
Postal Address: Kunstwerk Carlshütte, NordArt office, Am Ahlmannkai, 24782 Büdelsdorf, Germany

Email: [email protected]

Selection of artists:
Selection of artists takes place by the end of February 2020 by a jury. The jury is made up of curators, artists, an art historian, and the supervisory board and management. A list of the invited artists will be published online on our website by the beginning of March 2020. Additionally, all invited artists will be informed by email or post and asked to confirm their participation and send the documents for the catalogue. Thank you for understanding that those artists not invited to NordArt 2020 will not be receiving notification.

Delivery of the artworks and other information:
The artworks selected by the jury must be delivered until 24th April 2020 to the following address: Kunstwerk Carlshütte, NordArt, Vorwerksallee 3, 24782 Büdelsdorf, Germany Artists are responsible for transportation of their art works, including international freight, to and from the exhibition site. The logos of the official supporters of the artists will be published in the catalogue, on the exhibition boards and on the website of NordArt.
All delivered artworks will be insured to the general insurance conditions from the time of delivery to the time of collection (by the end of October 2020). The Installation of the artworks is carried out by the NordArt team (or, in exceptional cases only, by the artist).
The exhibited works may be offered for sale. We will pass potential buyers' details on to the artist. Kunstwerk Carlshütte is a non-profit organization and does not charge any commission. The exhibited works remain at NordArt until the end of the exhibition.

NordArt catalogue:
A German/English catalogue in DIN A4 format (29,7 cm x 21 cm), is produced for the exhibition with one page per artist. Digital photos and text regarding each participant is requested along with the jury’s invitation and must be supplied by email within 10 days. Please refer to the following link for examples: All participating artists receive a free copy of the catalogue.

Opening ceremony and general opening times:
Official pre-opening with invited guests: Friday, 5 June 2020
Public Opening Ceremony: Saturday, 6 June 2020
Opening times till Sunday, 11 October 2020:
Tuesday to Sunday 11 am – 7 pm

NordArt Prize:
The NordArt Prize worth 10.000 euro has been sponsored by Hans-Julius and Johanna Ahlmann (ACO Group) since 2010. Each year one artist is awarded with the aim to support the art and culture scene. The awardee will be announced during "The Long Night of the Lights" in September and and automatically participate in NordArt the following year, where the award ceremony will take place at the opening.

Public Choice Award:
Visitors of NordArt can vote for their favourite artist. Three Public Choice Awards will be awarded during "The Long Night of the Lights" in September. All votes will be counted one week before the announcement. The three winning artists will be informed and invited to the prize giving ceremony. Each award is worth 1.000 euro. The three winners are invited to participate again in NordArt the following year.

NordArt symposium:
Each year the exhibition is preceded by the international NordArt symposium. Approximately 10 artists are invited to attend the symposium and to create large works (sculpture, installation, painting) for the current NordArt. The participants of the symposium are provided with materials (by arrangement), a workplace, accommodation and travel cost support. The work created remains the property of the artist and will be exhibited at NordArt (by agreement also longer than 1 year). If you wish to attend the symposium, please mark the "symposium" box in the application form. For this application, we require a project description with details on the materials and dimensions, estimated time required, photos with examples of works.

Opportunity Opens

Tuesday, Oct 29th 2019

Opportunity Closes

Saturday, Nov 30th 2019, 11:45pm

Application Location

External Site
MN Artists