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15 May 2018

Call for applications: Balmoral fellowships 2019

Courtesy: Kuenstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral, photo: Didier Morin

Call for applications for the Balmoral fellowships and the project, foreign and exchange fellowships for 2019
Kuenstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral
Stiftung Rheinland-Pfalz fuer Kultur


Application deadline: June 30, 2018 (date of postmark)

Phone: +49 2603 9419-0

Kuenstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral
Villenpromenade 11
56130 Bad Ems

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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.

I. International residential fellowships

Six residential fellowships will be awarded to international visual artists.

Visual Arts, fashion and jewellery have been enriching each other for centuries. Now, in the still-young millennium, and building on trends from the 20th Century, this tradition of structural rapprochement and discursive interaction is seeking new ways of expression. Not only questions of common features and analogies in design and structure are at the centre of focus today, but especially also questions about the potential in terms of content, which is often visionary and anticipatory, of the triad of Visual Arts – Fashion – Jewellery.

The democratisation and popularisation of fashion and jewellery have made not only the boundaries between commerce and artistic practice more fluid, but also those between the social systems in which they are embedded.

This is the context in which we are offering 2019 Residential Fellowships with a focus on the theme of

Luxury and Glamour?
Artistic Perspectives in Fashion and Jewellery

An examination of the crossover of Visual Arts with fashion and jewellery should be the primary concern. Together with the Fellows we would like to explore the aesthetic, material, performative, social and cultural implications, and so the potential, of fashion and jewellery as social identifier. This is not just about the utility function of fashion and jewellery; the focus is on the one hand on the formal and conceptual exploration of media opportunities and boundaries, and on the other hand on interaction with relevant questions in the interplay between luxury, glamour, globalisation, transculturality and sustainability.

Fellows will have the benefit of competent partners for expert discussion, experimental work or just swapping experiences from our collaboration with the Faculty of Design of the Trier University of Applied Sciences and its study areas of Gemstones and Jewellery in Idar-Oberstein and Fashion Design in Trier.

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.

Two fellowships last three months and four fellowships last nine months. All residential fellowships run from June 2019.

The residential fellowships are endowed with 1,400 € a month and include free accommodation in the Kuenstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral.

II. International curator fellowship

To foster dialog between artistic work and theoretical reflection, Balmoral awards a residential curator fellowship to a fellow in the humanities (preferably art history). The curator fellowship is awarded to persons whose university degree (at least M.A.) was completed not more than 5 years ago. For the curator fellowship, mastery of the German language spoken and in writing as well as good knowledge of English is essential.

The fellowship lasts nine months and begins in June 2019. It is endowed with 1,400 € per month and includes free accommodation in the Kuenstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral.

III. Project, foreign and exchange fellowships exclusively for artists with relation to Rhineland-Palatinate

Relation to Rhineland-Palatinate means (and/or) is born in, has studied fine arts with graduation in, lives in or works in Rhineland-Palatinate.

- Two 6-month project fellowships (not tied to any site)
- One 6-month fellowship for New York (Residency Unlimited)
- One 3-month fellowship for South Korea (MMCA Residency Goyang)
- Two 6-month fellowships for the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
- One 3-month fellowship for Burgundy-Franche-Comté (Saline royal, Arc-et-Senans)

Attention: Since 2015, artists with relation to Rhineland-Palatinate can apply three times for each state fellowship, meaning three times for a project fellowship, three times for a fellowship in Paris etc. (past applications included), but only every two years.

The project, foreign and exchange fellowships are endowed with 1,200 € per month (except for South Korea).

Awarding of fellowships

A jury of specialists will award all fellowships, taking into consideration the developmental potential of the applicant's artistic or theoretical work.

Additional information and application forms are available on our homepage Applications must be made with these application forms. Other applications will not be taken into consideration.