Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral
Since 2013 Schloss Balmoral offers a unique fellowship in Germany. It is intended to enable deeper mutual creative cross-fertilisation among the resident artists. This year, the fellowship is themed around Luxury and Glamour? Artistic Perspectives in Fashion and Jewellery. Its intention is to explore the aesthetic, material, performative, social and cultural implications, and so the potential of fashion and jewellery as social identifier in collaboration with the Fashion Department of the University of Applied Sciences in Trier and the Gemstones and Jewellery Department in Idar-Oberstein.
We are pleased to inform you that for 2019 the following fellowships are offered:
For international visual artists (jewellery, fashion and art)
• Two 3-month Balmoral residential fellowships.
• Four 9-month Balmoral residential fellowships.
For international fellows in the humanities
• One 9-month Balmoral residential fellowship for a curator.
For visual artists with relation to Rhineland-Palatinate
• Two 6-month project fellowships.
• One 6-month fellowship for New York (Residency Unlimited).
• Two 6-month fellowships for the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.
• One 3-month fellowship for South Korea (MMCA Residency Goyang).
• One 5-month fellowship for Kuenstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf, Brandenburg/Germany.
• One 3-month fellowship for Burgundy-Franche-Comté (Saline Royale).
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. 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.
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.
• Tthe 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.
-All fellowships are announced publicly.
-It is not possible to apply for a Balmoral residence fellowship and a fellowship of the Ministry of Science, Further Education and Culture of Rhineland-Palatinate in the same year. Applications for a Balmoral residence fellowship are only allowed for three or nine months.
-The decision on the award of the fellowships will be made by a panel of experts in consideration of the applicants’ capability of further developing their artistic work.
-There is no legal claim to obtaining a fellowship.
-The applicants will not receive any reasons in writing for the decision made on the awarding of the fellowships, but will be informed of the result; preferable by e-mail.
-Applicants who were not accepted are not allowed to apply in the following year neither for the same nor another fellowship. They may apply again for a maximum of two further Balmoral residence fellowships.
-The awarding of a fellowship from Balmoral or the Ministry of Science, Further Education and Culture Rhineland-Palatinate excludes further applications in the following five years after the end of the fellowship.
-An application will not be accepted if the same fellowship has already been awarded to that candidate.
-For these fellowships there are no artistic requirements.
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.
-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 of the building, 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 in a house wood workshop and a library containing approx. 6,000 books, mainly on modern and contemporary art, and the major art magazines.
-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.
-Please click here for more Images of the artist’s house& Library.
Application documents (no originals!)
1. Two-sided application form
2. CV including your artistic career history and previous grants
3. Explanations to the artistic work and aims during the stay (altogether max. 300 words)
4. 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.
Return of documents
Reshipment of the application documents will take place upon receipt of payment of EUR 15 on account mentioned in the application form. Reception of fee after the deadline will not be considered.
Please note: If the reshipment is not marked in the application form, the documents will be destroyed automatically after the completion of the selection procedure. Exclusion of liability The Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral assumes no liability for any application.
Send your application to:
Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral
56130 BAD EMS
We will acknowledge receipt by e-mail as soon as all data is recorded.
Please note that it could take up to 4 weeks.
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