Call for Submissions: International Fellowship Programme for Visual Arts and Theory 2009/2010 at Buchsenhausen – deadline 5 December 2008


Kunstlerhaus Buchsenhausen invites visual and media artists, art
critics, theorists, and curators to apply for the three fellowship
positions in 2009–2010. The period for which candidates can apply is
September 7, 2009 – July 2, 2010.

[The closing date for submissions is December 5, 2008 (postmark)]


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 Programme for Visual Arts
and Theory, the Kunstlerhaus provides a platform that facilitates the
development and production of artistic and art-theoretical projects in a
critical context. At the same time, Kunstlerhaus Buchsenhausen 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.
Kunstlerhaus Buchsenhausen is affiliated with the Tyrolean Artists’
Association, the major association of visual artists from the region.

Buchsenhausen brings together two programmes under one roof. On the one
hand, it is the site of the International Fellowship Programme for
Visual Arts 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.

The building – the eastern wing of the Buchsenhausen Castle, built in
the middle of the 17th century and situated not far from the center of
the city of Innsbruck – houses nine studios and a project space. Three
apartment studios are used by the fellows of the International
Fellowship Programme for Visual Arts and Theory. Six studios are
available to artists based in Tyrol. The project and presentation space
is equipped with multimedia facilities and is at the fellows’ disposal.
The space was designed by Atelier van Lieshout.

[International Fellowship Programme]

With its Fellowship Programme for Visual Arts and Theory, Buchsenhausen
actively promotes internationally relevant art production, research, and
discussion in the region of Tyrol.

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

The fellows, selected by expert jurors, find excellent working
conditions in Buchsenhausen, while the city of Innsbruck and its
surrounding area offer an interesting setting in terms of its art,
culture, and landscape. The grant and the residency not only allow
fellows to work on their proposed projects, but also give them the
chance to experiment and to reconsider their current practice.

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

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* a grant of EUR 650/month to cover living expenses;
* an individual studio for working and living, furnished with a large
shared kitchen;
* a production budget for the realization of the proposed project;
* the possibility of inviting experts to Buchsenhausen in order to have
a professional exchange;
* the opportunity of an exhibition at the end of the fellowship in
Buchsenhausen or at the Kunstpavillon in Innsbruck.


* free access to the ‘labor’, the project/gallery space;
* free use of the available multimedia production equipment in the ‘labor’;
* free DSL/WLAN internet access;
* professional artistic advice from the general advisors (2 terms / year);
* technical advice if required.


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 Buchsenhausen. 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 programme.

The fellows must be present in Buchsenhausen for a minimum of two thirds
of the allocated fellowship time. Working knowledge of English is required.


The selection of fellows is made by a jury of experts and based on the
quality and relevance of the project proposal and the work samples
submitted by the applicants. The jury includes the director of
Kunstlerhaus Buchsenhausen, a member of the board of the ‘Tyrolean
Artists’ Association’ and one external expert. The members of the jury
also fulfill the role of advisors who can be consulted for their
expertise at least two times during the fellowship.

Jury 2009/10: Stephan Dillemuth, Annja Krautgasser, Andrei Siclodi

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
Buchsenhausen 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.

Buchsenhausen will pay for accommodation in Innsbruck for one night, but
cannot cover the costs for travel to Innsbruck.

There is no legal right to be awarded a fellowship at Kunstlerhaus
Buchsenhausen. The jury is therefore under no obligation to justify
decisions. The jury’s decision will be communicated in written form in
January 2009 (first stage) and March 2009 (second stage).

[Application procedure]

Applications must include the following documents:

* the project proposal (max 2,000 words, in English or in German,
3 copies)
* a visual portfolio/documentation of recent works (artists: max 2
catalogues, max 10 photos or slides, 1 DVD or 1 CD-ROM; theorists/art
critics: max 3 recent writing samples)
* a curriculum vitae (3 copies)
* a completed application form

Download the application form at, complete it
and send it together with the required material listed above to:

Kunstlerhaus Buchsenhausen,
Ref.: “Fellowship 2009/10”
Weiherburggasse 13/12
6020 Innsbruck


For additional information, please contact: office [at],
phone +43 512 278627, fax -11.

Kunstlerhaus Buchsenhausen
Weiherburggasse 13/12
6020 Innsbruck, Austria

phone +43 512 278627
fax +43 512 278627-11
office [at]

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