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Open Call: "Yes, just make a plan" - two scholarships on the topic of the scholarship site of the future.

The Künstlerhäuser Worpswede are offering two scholarships for the summer of 2022 on the topic of the scholarship site of the future 2.0. 

Last year, which was entitled "First Think, Then Build," we called on our quarterly fellowships to address the topic of the fellowship site of the future. We want to continue this process and award further scholarships with the project "Yes, just make a plan" as part of the Trias scholarship program. For it is precisely at Worpswede, a place steeped in tradition, that we want to initiate a process that will involve asking questions about the future of art production. 

While last year's focus was more on the conditions, formats and content of a forward-looking, sustainable scholarship site, this year the building of our scholarship site itself is at the center of the discussion.      

The developed contents are to be transferred into concrete drafts and action strategies for implementation. 1:1 spatial experiments can be carried out and become part of a transformation process with different practices and methods. 

The overarching theme of the scholarship site of the future will be differentiated around three pillars that are interrelated but each pursue a different focus. This "triadic" format proposes the categories of context, building, and substance, and invites all practitioners (conceptual thinkers, spatial practitioners, or material experimenters) to apply with specific project proposals in one of these thematic areas in an open call.

Artist duos and working collectives are welcome, as are partners and joint children (with additional payment of incidental costs).

The artistic direction of the artists' houses accompanies the process and documents it in a publication. It initiates encounters between the fellows, promotes exchange and dialogue about the results and experiences, and organizes a public presentation of the works at the end of the project in Worpswede.

What the Künstlerhäuser offer:

  • A living and working studio (free of rent & utilities) of approx. 35 sqm plus a separate bedroom as well as basic equipment (kitchenette, private bathroom with toilet).
  • Living cost support of Euro 3.000 per month (sponsored by the Karin & Uwe Hollweg Foundation)
  • Quiet and inspiring working atmosphere at the edge of the Teufelsmoor in the historic artists' village Worpswede
  • Contacts and network connections to other local and international artists*. 
  • Access (in the center of Worpswede) to a printing workshop "Die Künstlerpresse" and workshop use in the "Atelierhausgemeinschaft".
  • Exhibition possibility in the project space "Albert Hall" as well as in the "Große Kunstschau Worpswede".

Application requirements:

  • The application is open to all practitioners (artists, architects, etc.)
  • Application with a concrete work project against the thematic background of a scholarship site of the future of one of the pillars: 
    • Context
    • Building
    • Substance
  • Questions in the background could be 
  • what are the conditions under which art is produced?
  • what is the ideal place where art can be produced? 
  • what role does the environment play (city vs. countryside, etc.)?
  • what must contemporary funding structures look like? 
  • Willingness to work in Worpswede for one month and to live in the artists' houses, as well as one week of preparation and follow-up on site. The exact time will be coordinated individually, but will be in the period between the beginning of July and the end of October 2022.
  • Willingness to exchange ideas with other fellows
  • Co-organization and participation in a public event
  • Language skills in German and English
  • There is no age restriction

Application documents (German or English):

  • Project proposal or work project on: Scholarship Site of the Future 2.0 / Context / Building / Substance 
    • initial considerations
    • Project steps (milestones)
    • Result 
  • Personal portfolio
    • Selection of previous work as PDF file, max. 8 Mb.
  • Tabular curriculum vitae

Application process:

Scholarships will be awarded by an expert and independent jury, which will be announced after the application deadline. 

Deadline for submission of electronic materials is May 31, 2022 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The announcement of the candidates will be made in early / mid June 2022.