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21 Dec 2009

Kunstlerhaus Buchsenhausen - International Fellowship Program for Art and Theory: Call for Applications

Kunstlerhaus Buchsenhausen / Labor Space

International Fellowship Program for Art and Theory 2010-2011: Call for Applications


The closing date for submissions is January 29, 2010 (postmark).


Weiherburggasse 13/12
6020 Innsbruck

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Call For Applications for a Fellowship 2010-2011

Kunstlerhaus Buchsenhausen invites visual and media artists, art critics, theorists, and curators to apply for a fellowship in 2010–2011. Candidates can apply for one or two semesters (October 1, 2010 – February 18, 2011 and/or February 21 - July 8, 2011).


Kunstlerhaus Buchsenhausen is a post-graduate center for production, research, exchange in the fields of visual arts and art theory. Within the framework of the International Fellowship Program for Art and Theory, the Künstlerhaus provides a platform that facilitates the development and production of artistic and art-theoretical projects in a critical context. At the same time, Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen offers a forum for direct exchange between professionals – artists, theoreticians, critics, and curators – from the region and abroad, as well as a point of interaction with local interested audiences. Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen is affiliated with the Tyrolean Artists' Association, the major association of visual artists from the region.

Büchsenhausen brings together two programs under one roof. On the one hand, it is the site of the International Fellowship Program for Art and Theory. On the other hand, it is the location of several studios for artists based in Tyrol, who require space for working in a professionally interesting environment.

Fellowship Program

With its International Fellowship Program for Art and Theory, Büchsenhausen promotes internationally relevant artistic production, research, and discussion in the region of Tyrol. The program is based on the idea of generating and maintaining a context for production and discussion, in which artists and theorists can connect and reflect on international art and societal discourses in relation to local topics and issues. At the same time, it affords the opportunity for an artistic laboratory of experimentation, where new artistic practices and strategies may be tried out.

The program's aims are:
* To improve the production of a qualified discourse on art and society in the local and global context;
* To improve exchange between cultural producers in the visual arts and beyond (creating a network of experts);
* To support and expand the critical, socially relevant artistic and art-theoretical production of knowledge;
* To facilitate the transfer of knowledge between the art field and the public outside the art context.

The program brings together the advantages of a residency with the possibilities of a postgraduate non-university lectureship, without offering a formalized educational program. In terms of content, the program addresses both the interested public in the region as well as a worldwide public made up of professionals in the fields of contemporary art, architecture, art and media theory and criticism.

The fellows are selected by a jury of experts following an open call for applications. They come to Büchsenhausen for one or two semesters to work on realizing their submitted projects or research, and accompany this process with public events. For this purpose, Büchsenhausen offers a monthly stipend, a production budget, working spaces, free lodging, and artistic and technical advice.

The conveyance and discussion of the fellow's own work occurs parallel to the development of the individual projects. The public events take place in series. The focus of these series of events is determined by the respective emphases of the various fellows' works. Within the framework of this discursive format, the fellows (or their guests) can present various points in their research, open up their works-in-progress to critical discussion, interact with experts who they invite, work through content with the public, and/or try out new ways of working.

For former and current fellows and their projects can be found here on this website under the menu item Fellows.


Professional visual/media artists, art theorists, art critics, and curators from all over the world are eligible for the fellowship.


The candidates must submit a project proposal. Work on the submitted project forms the core of each fellow's activities during his/her stay in Büchsenhausen. A description of a series of public events intended to accompany the individual work during the duration of the fellowship (four to six events) is also an integral part of the project proposal. If the application is successful, the fellows are required to specify the details of the presentation series and carry out the proposed program.


The selection of fellows is made by a jury of experts and based on the quality, originality, and relevance of the project proposal and the work samples submitted by the applicants. The jury includes the director of Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, a member of the board of the 'Tyrolean Artists' Association' and one external expert.

The selection procedure occurs in two stages. In the first stage, the submitted applications are evaluated and the jury makes a shortlist of candidates who will be invited to Büchsenhausen for personal interviews. The personal interview with the jury forms the second stage. For the interview, the applicants have to come to Innsbruck to personally present their working plans and aims during the fellowship.

For the full text of the call, more information on the application procedure, financial questions, etc. please consult the website or contact us at: <a style="color: blue; text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold" href=""></a>, phone +43 512 278627, fax -11.