For 2014,the Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmora residence fellowships will be awarded exclusively for painting. In future, each fellowship will be awarded for a different artistic genre. 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. For 2014, the Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral is awarding two 3-month residential fellowships and four 9-month residential fellowships. The monthly allowance for the residential fellowships is being increased from 2014 to 1,400 Euro.
Eligible to apply for a Balmoral fellowship are visual artists of any age from Germany and around the world. The focus of artistic work for the residential fellowships for 2014 must be on the medium of painting, whereby painting does not necessarily mean just ‘paint on canvas’. Formal and conceptual exploration of the limits and possibilities of the genre are also welcome.
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. The residence for the 3-month fellowships begins in March 2014.
Four fellowships are awarded for the period of nine months. For the 9-month fellowships the yearly term of residence begins in June.
- All artists invited will have their registered secondary 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 with a furnished living/bedroom with shower/WC and a studio including electricity, water and heating. Running costs (electricity, water and heating) will be paid by the Künstlerhaus.
- Each apartment is equipped with an individual telephone and internet access. If required, the room is also wired up for radio and television. The lounge, the dining room and the kitchen are for joint use.
- 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. Pets are not admitted.
- The fellows may use free of charge the in-house wood workshop and a library containing approx. 5,500 books, mainly on modern and contemporary art, and the major art magazines.
As a special feature, the firm Baukeramik Ebinger, which developed and produced tiles for the world-famous artist Hundertwasser, has recently opened its workshops for Balmoral fellows who wish to experiment artistically with ceramics, whether as three-dimensional objects or as painted surfaces. No prior knowledge is required, and interested artists will be personally supervised and given an introduction to the characteristics of the medium. For more information please visit www.ebinger-schnass-keramik.de.
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.
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
• the artistic director of the Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral
• a former fellow
• the desk officer of the Ministry of Education, Science, Further Education and Culture of Rhineland-Palatinate, Mainz
New members of the jury are nominated on a rotational basis at a two-year-interval.
An application form is available for download during the application period for each fellowship and must be completed and submitted with the application. Applications without a filled application form will not be accepted. More details you find here.