Open Call: The Sustainable Institution


Open Call

the sustainable institution artist residency is an opportunity for creative practitioners to produce new solutions in the fight against climate change and mitigate the environmental burden of exhibition making.

the sustainable institution is calling all creative practitioners including artists, architects, design studios and scientists to develop material or immaterial prototypes for sustainable exhibition making in the fight against climate change.

We are looking for ideas that will transform the current unsustainable landscape of institutional operations, which could manifest as a pragmatic design solution or experimental action. While not exhaustive, your proposal could be for a performance, activist intervention, manifesto, food concept, furniture design, functional sculpture, biomaterial, waste management solution, de-growth process, curatorial strategy or digital application.

Downloadable PDFs: Application and Submission Guidelines

Send your application by 2 June 2023 23:59 to


  • Jan Boelen (Atelier LUMA, Artistic Director)
  • Kim Kraczon (Director of Materials at Ki Culture, Advisor at Gallery Climate Coalition)
  • Lucia Pietroiusti (Curator)
  • Asad Raza (Artist)
  • Viktorija Šiaulytė (Director, Rupert)
  • Helen Turner (E-WERK Artistic Director)
  • Mae-ling Lokko (Architectural scientist, Designer and Educator)

The jury selection will take place on 3 July 2023. Successful shortlisted applicants will be selected for online interviews with the jury. Applicants will be informed of the results in September 2023. Please refrain from following up your application, as we may not be able to respond.


Three creative practitioners will be selected to develop a prototype for sustainable exhibition making with a grant of 20.000 EUR. The grant is intended to provide support towards the research and development of a prototype, an early sample, model or idea of a concept or process towards sustainable exhibition making. Each successful applicant will be mentored by the jury over a six month research and development period, with a studio at their respective institution between March–April 2024.