[artinfo] International Fellowship Program for Art and Theory

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Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen

International Fellowship Program for Art and Theory 2016-17

Call For Applications


Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen invites visual and 
media artists, art critics, theorists, and 
curators to apply for a fellowship in 2016-2017. 
Candidates can apply for one semester (October 3, 
2016 - February 12, 2017 or February 13, 2017 - 
June 24, 2017). The fellowship can be split 
across two semesters.

The closing date for submissions is January 29th, 2016 (postmark).

Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen 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 Program 
for Art and Theory, the Künstlerhaus provides a 
platform that facilitates the development and 
production of artistic and art-theoretical 
projects in a critical context. At the same time, 
Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen 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. 
Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen is affiliated with the 
Tyrolean Artists' Association, the major 
association of visual artists from the region.

Büchsenhausen brings together two programs under 
one roof. On the one hand, it is the site of the 
International Fellowship Program for Art 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. Three apartment studios 
are used by the participants in the fellowship 
program. The other 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.

With its Fellowship Program for Art and Theory, 
Büchsenhausen promotes internationally relevant 
artistic production, research, and discussion in 
the region of Tyrol. The program is based on the 
idea of generating and maintaining a context for 
production and discussion, in which artists and 
theorists can connect and reflect on 
international art and societal discourses in 
relation to local topics and issues. At the same 
time, it affords the opportunity for an artistic 
laboratory of experimentation, where new artistic 
practices and strategies may be tried out.

The program's aims are:
* to promote and relay a critical, socially 
relevant production of knowledge in art and art 
* to produce, through the fellowship projects, 
qualified discourses on art and society within 
the local and global contexts;
* to enable the transfer of knowledge between the 
field of art and other publics outside the art 
* to facilitate the exchange between cultural 
producers in the visual arts and beyond (creating 
a network of experts).

The program combines the advantages of a 
residency with the possibilities of a 
postgraduate, non-university lectureship on the 
basis of an open, non-formalized structure. In 
terms of content, the program addresses a 
worldwide public made up of professionals in the 
fields of contemporary art, architecture, art and 
media theory, and criticism.

The fellows are selected by a jury of experts 
following an open call for applications. They 
come to Büchsenhausen for one or two semesters to 
work on realizing their proposed undertaking, and 
accompany this process with public events. For 
this purpose, Büchsenhausen offers a monthly 
stipend, a production budget, working spaces, 
free lodging, and artistic and technical advice.

The conveyance and discussion of the fellow's own 
work occurs parallel to the development of the 
individual proposals. 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 investigations, 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 working. The fellowship year ends 
with a group exhibition curated by the director 
of the Fellowship Program.

For former and current fellows and their realized 
work please visit 
(Menu item 'Fellows').

>  a grant of EUR 3,150 to cover the costs of 
>living during the period of residency in 
>  an individual studio for working and living, 
>furnished with a large shared kitchen;
>  a production budget for the realization of the submitted proposal;
>  a budget for inviting experts to Büchsenhausen 
>for the purpose of professional exchange;
>  the opportunity of a group exhibition at the 
>end of the fellowship at the Kunstpavillon in 

>  free access to the 'Lab', the project/gallery space;
>  free use of the available multimedia production equipment in the 'Lab';
>  free DSL/WLAN Internet access;
>  professional artistic advice;
>  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 application must include a concrete work 
proposition. Work on the submitted proposal forms 
the core of each fellow's activities during 
his/her stay in Büchsenhausen. A description of a 
series of public events intended to accompany the 
individual work during the duration of the 
fellowship (up to four events) is also an 
integral part of the working proposal. If the 
application is successful, the fellows are 
required to specify the details of the 
presentation series and carry out the proposed 

The fellows declare themselves willing to be 
present at Büchsenhausen for the duration of the 
fellowship. Working knowledge of English is 

The selection of fellows is made by a jury of 
experts and based on the quality, originality, 
and relevance of the proposed undertaking and the 
work samples submitted by the applicants. The 
jury includes the director of Künstlerhaus 
Büchsenhausen, a member of the advisory board at 
Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen and one external 
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 Büchsenhausen 
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 
Büchsenhausen will pay for accommodation in 
Innsbruck for one night, but cannot cover the 
costs for travel to Innsbruck. Alternatively, a 
video conference (for instance via Skype) is also 
There is no legal right to be awarded a 
fellowship at Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen. The 
jury is therefore under no obligation to justify 
decisions. The jury's decision will be 
communicated in written form in March 2016 (first 
stage) and April 2016 (second stage).

For the full text of the call, more information 
on the application procedure, financial 
questions, etc. please consult our website

office at buchsenhausen.at

Phone: +43 512 278627
Fax: +43 512 278627 11

Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen
Weiherburggasse 13/12
6020 Innsbruck

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