Artist-in-Residence-Programme 2018


Application deadline: September 18, 2017 

Applications can be submitted via the Artists in Residence online platform.

In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery makes available 50 residencies in Austria (Vienna and Salzburg) for the year 2018.

The residency is designed to offer an opportunity to familiarise oneself with the Austrian art scene and cultural environment and to make contact with Austrian artists. Residents are expected to complete a project during their stay. In the field of cultural education, the stay is primarily designed to foster exchanges and networking and not the realisation of a project. 

During their stay, the artists in residence will be made familiar with the art scene and cultural environment. Activities on offer include visits at galleries, studios and museums, contacts to the literature and publishing sector, as well as access to Vienna’s or Salzburg’s music life. Whenever possible, the residents will receive free tickets for art and book fairs, performances at the Tanzquartier Wien, the international ImPuls Tanz dance festival and other events. During their stay in Salzburg, the artists in residence will be taken care of by Kunstverein Salzburg. 

There is the possibility of participating actively in the Artists-in-Residence-go-to-School-Programme of KulturKontakt Austria (the programme includes workshops at Austrian schools). 

This call is open to artists whose permanent place of residence is outside of Austria and who have completed their training. Austrian citizens cannot apply for this programme. 

A high level of proficiency in English or German is required in order to enable participants to engage in a creative dialogue in an international context.

Participants are obliged to submit a final report about their stay. 

The age limit for applicants is 40 years, i.e. the applicants’ date of birth has to be after the 31 December 1977. If an application is submitted by a duo at least one of the artists has to be under the age of 40. 

Artists who have already participated in artist-in-residence-programmes organised by KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery or the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, the Arts and Culture are not eligible for participation. 

The artists in residence will be selected by sector-specific expert juries.

When submitting an application, applicants agree to parts of their application file (CV and examples of work) being forwarded to third parties for the purpose of organising exhibitions, readings, concerts, lectures etc.

You are urgently requested to heed the sector-specific information on the following pages!

Applications can be submitted for only one of the following disciplines:

  • Visual arts *
  • Art photography
  • Video and media art **
  • Composition
  • Literature
  • Literature for children and young people
  • Literary translation
  • Cultural education ***

* Applications from the sector of performing arts will not be accepted.

**For organisational reasons, the programme cannot accept applications from the film sector (shorts, feature film, documentary, avant-garde or experimental film, etc.).

*** Cultural education. For an application in this sector please consider that cultural educators within the meaning of this call are responsible for the pedagogic part of an exhibition, concert, theater etc. and in charge for the communication between the audience and the artists or the art. Cultural education can take place in a variety of settings, including arts education in formal and non formal educational institutions and educational programs in cultural institutions.

Length of stay varies as a function of the artistic discipline:

  • Residency of 3 months for visual artists, art photographers, video & media artists, composers
  • Residency of 1-2 months for writers and literary translators
  • Residency of 1 month for arts and cultural educators

The grants are funded by the Austrian Federal Chancellery within the framework of its Artist-in-Residence-Programme. KulturKontakt Austria acts as an advisor and provides organisational support.

What can be expected from the residency?

  • Residencies are provided in Vienna (all disciplines) or Salzburg (only visual arts, photography, video and media arts). While requests for a specific place will be fulfilled subject to availability, this cannot be guaranteed.
  • Accommodation subject to availability, either in an apartment at the Schloss Laudon Parkdependance (14th district), a room in a flat in Vienna’s 3rd or 9th district or an apartment at Salzburger Kunstverein in the City of Salzburg.
  • The assignment of accommodation in Vienna is made by the residency provider. Unfortunately, individual preferences cannot be taken into account.
  • Use of a community studio in Vienna’s 2nd district, at Schloss Laudon or at the Salzburger Kunstverein.
  • Contribution to cost of living expenses of € 800 per month. In case of absence exceeding 7 days, a pro-rata share of cost-of-living expenses will be paid.    One-time contribution to art supplies of € 300 for visual artists and composers.
  • The costs of translation for one sample text (no more than 10 pages at 1800 characters each) from a foreign language into German for writers.
  • Travel expenses as well as visa fees will not be paid nor refunded.
  • Accident and health insurance will be provided; insurance cover excludes chronic disease and dental work.
  • For the duration of the stay and depending on the place of accommodation, residents are provided with a mobile internet connect stick including SIM-card or WLAN for the duration of their residency. Notebooks will not be provided.
  • For the duration of the stay, a cell-phone with a one-time prepaid credit in the amount of € 40 will be made available to the residents.
  • Residents will also receive monthly passes for public transport in Vienna or Salzburg for the duration of their stay.
  • Regular cleaning service for the living quarters and change of bed-linen and towels will be provided weekly or monthly, according to the place.
  • A presentation of works may be arranged towards the end of the residency (subject to confirmation).
  • No financial support can be provided for the production of catalogues, translations, book releases and performances.
  • Residents may not bring other people (family members, friends, acquaintances, etc.) or pets to the residency. Only residents may spend the night at the accommodation.
  • Neither the community studios nor the apartments are equipped for the needs of disabled.
  • Compliance with the house rules of the residency is of the utmost importance.

Sector-specific apllication requirements

Applications can be submitted as of now until no later than September 18, 2017, 24.00, upon registration at The electronic timestamp will be used to determine whether the submission was within the deadline (Central European Summer Time – CEST).

Jury meetings will be held at the end of October. The jury shall only consider complete applications.

Applicants will be informed in writing of the receipt of their submission and of the result of the jury meeting. Reasons given by the jury will not be communicated.

Please address queries to
Charlotte Sucher
Telephone queries under 0043 (0)1 53115 – 206860.